Turns out it’s easy to make delicious, healthy chocolate treats in your kitchen. These recipes, developed by wellness and fitness expert Lisa Raleigh, a mom herself, are ideal for kids because they’re packed with healthy ingredients, and contain no added sugar, preservatives, colourants, or flavourants.
They’re also trans-fat free and made with healthy fats which support healthy brain development.
Naturally sweetened with honey or maple syrup, they’re really chocolatey, so you can rest-assured your kids are getting the nutrients they need, while enjoying a sweet treat. It’s a win-win!
Raw cacao chocolate tart
Ingredients for the crust:
- 1 cup raw cacao powder
- 2 cups crushed almonds
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- Pinch of Himalayan rock salt
Ingredients for the filling:
- 2 cups raw cacao powder
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup coconut oil
- Crush the almonds in a food processor or coffee grinder.
- Mix all the crust ingredients together, by hand, in a mixing bowl.
- Place a thin layer of crust at the bottom of a silicone baking tray.
- Put all the filling ingredients together in a blender or food processor.
- Put the melted coconut oil in first, then the maple syrup, then the cacao powder, then blend at a low speed until all mixed through.
- Spoon the mousse mixture over the crusts, top with a cacao bean and refrigerate for at least 30minutes.
- Press out of the mold and enjoy with fresh berries or a dash of cream,
- For a decadent twist, spoon some melted chocolate over the top of the tart
Brownies with a “secret”
*Makes 9 brownies
- 2 medium sweet potatoes (450g), peeled and chopped
- 2 large baby marrows
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 tbsp vanilla essence
- 1 ½ scoops Berry Super Scoop
- 1 cup oat flour
- ⅓ cup cocoa
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp bicarb
- A pinch of salt
- 3 tbsp unsweetened almond milk, or milk of your choice
- Optional: ¼ cup roasted nuts
- Preheat oven to 180°C and spray a square baking tray with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Steam the sweet potato until soft and add to a food processor or blender.
- Blend the sweet potato until smooth.
- Grate the baby marrow in a separate bowl and squeeze out as much liquid as possible (this step is very important). Set aside.
- Add the eggs, coconut oil, honey and vanilla essence to the sweet potato in the food processor and blend again.
- Add the superfoods, oat flour, cocoa, baking powder, bicarb and salt to the food processor and blend.
- Fold in the grated baby marrow and roasted nuts if using them. Add in the milk if the mixture is too dry.
- Pour into the prepared baking tray and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
- Allow the brownies to cool fully before slicing.
TIP: These brownies are an excellent way to disguise veggies, and include a healthy dose of fibre too.
Choc date bars (or balls)
*Makes 12 bars or 20 small balls.
- 1 cup cashew nuts
- 1 ½ cups pitted dates, heated in the microwave for 45 seconds to soften
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- ¼ cup cocoa
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- A pinch of Himalayan salt (optional)
- Add the cashew nuts to a food processer and blend until a flour starts to form.
- Add the dates, cocoa, salt and vanilla essence and blend until a ball starts to form.
- Add the chia seeds and blend again, until mixed.
- Line a baking tray with some cling wrap or spray with some cooking spray. Press the mixture tightly into the tray.
- Pop the tray into the refrigerator and allow to harden.
- Cut into slices and keep in an airtight container, preferably in the refrigerator.
TIP: This mixture is extremely versatile and can also be made into balls. These balls can be rolled in coconut, chia seeds or cocoa for an extra chocolate kick! You can also add fruit to them and drizzle with honey.
About Super Scoop
Lisa uses Super Scoop in many of her healthy baked treats. A plant-based organic drink she developed herself, it’s packed with 50 superfoods, including the best quality fruit and veg extracts such as barley grass, alfalfa, mushroom extracts, beets, and more. It also contains probiotics and additional fibre to aid in digestion. Learn more about Super Scoop here.
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