Chocolate is the ultimate guilty pleasure. From the Aztec times, the cocoa bean has had a feel-good, romance-inducing reputation. Besides being known for its aphrodisiac qualities, chocolate’s considered an indulgent but not-so-healthy treat. And while that certainly can be true for regular chocolate bars, science shows some chocolate is actually good for you.
In it’s purest form, raw cacao contains health-boosting antioxidants called flavonoids. These plant nutrients support a healthy heart, keep your blood sugar in check and fight inflammation in your body. Unprocessed cocoa powder is also rich in minerals like iron and magnesium, which help boost your energy.
But not all chocolate’s created equal: only dark chocolate with a 70% cocoa content or higher, and little milk and sugar added, counts as the real deal. And remember that chocolate is a stimulant, so it may not be helpful for those sensitive to caffeine.
If you want to really treat yourself and harness the power of raw cacao, look no further and try the healthy chocolate recipes below!
Chai-Infused Raw Chocolate Truffles from The Awesome Green
Decadent Chocolate Milkshake You’d Never Know Is Healthy from Will Cook For Friends
Chocolate Chia & Raspberry Parfait from Green Kitchen Stories
5-Ingredient Magical Fudgesicles from My New Roots
Hazelnut Chocolate Healthy Doughnuts from Pure Ella
Raw Chocolate Birthday Cake with Earl Grey Cacao Mousse from The First Mess
Chocolate Chip, Hazelnut & Pomegranate Cake from Top with Cinnamon
Superfood Chocolate Smoothie Bowl Recipe from ALOHA
Ultimate Flourless Brownie for Two from Oh She Glows
Chocolate Sweet Potato Pudding from Gourmande in the Kitchen
Tahini Chocolate Banana Soft Serve from Minimalist Baker
Healthy Chocolate Covered Strawberries from Paleo Grubs
Adaptogen Coconut Cacao Bliss Balls from Local Milk
Chocolate Mousse from The Kitchen McCabe
Which healthy chocolate recipe is your not-so-guilty pleasure?
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