Healthy Chocolate & Easter Recipes

If you know me, you know that I LOVE anything chocolatey (except white chocolate because that somehow misses the point)!  Cacao lovers need the rich, dark, quality brown stuff to really hit the spot! And guess what – there are loads of cacao health benefits (SEE HERE) to justify the inclusion of this decadent superfood in your diet. You’ve just gotta watch the added sugars, crappy fats & other weird stuff that food manufacturers like to add into it – pay attention to quality & quantity with chocolate to ensure you don’t go off the rails with it! It can totally be part of a healthy diet.

Funny story

My first attempt at making ‘healthy chocolate’ was during first year at naturopathy college (1998). We (my student flatmates & I) were all under 20, totally into partying & always broke – somehow surviving on a weekly shop that included porridge oats & the fruit & veg we got through our weekend market gig (I’m a market girl from way back)!

So in class, we learnt that you can slow / inhibit the absorption of sugars using fibre, yay! And we had also learned about psyllium husk as a fibre supplement. So – we logically (?) decided, let’s make ‘healthy chocolate’ using psyllium & melted chocolate! (Remember, this was before Instagram & Google were a thing). We were so proud, it was awesome (well edible), & it stretched our chocolate budget nicely! Except we used the cheapest, crappiest ‘homebrand’ cooking chocolate (we’d obviously not yet learned about the importance of quality fatty acids yet), oh well. So anyway – that was my first attempt to make ‘healthy chocolate’. Luckily – things evolved!

BallBags!

BallBags were born shortly after Blend11, ticking way more nutritional boxes than the psyllium combo!!

  • organic raw cacao polyphenol antioxidant goodness
  • plant protein
  • good fats
  • high fibre
  • resistant starch
  • loads of vitamins & minerals
  • zero refined sugars
  • gluten-free
  • grain free
  • vegan-friendly
  • paleo friendly
  • versatile & easy to make endless healthy treats with!
  • no food processor required, just add water or coconut oil & shape!

Click the images below and then press enter – for some Easter recipes you can make at home!

Because it’s getting cooler & it’s almost Easter time, here are some of my fave healthy chocolate recipes made using the BallBags – this is the perfect time to get into the kitchen with the kids & create some delicious ‘hand made with love’ treats for family & friends! You can obviously use any of the egg recipes or adapt the other recipes to suit Easter!

CLICK TO GET SOME BALLBAGS 

Jeanie Xx

Why You Should Be Eating More Chocolate

It’s all about the Quality

At this time of year we tend to go a bit overboard guzzling chocolates of dubious quality & end up feeling crappy as a result. Sugary supermarket chocolates do absolutely nothing good for your health, but don’t forget the massive health benefits to be found in ‘the good stuff’ – raw cacao – these can make you feel amazing!

 

Balance The Bugs With Cacao

Cacao provides some truly awesome antioxidants, called polyphenols. They were once thought to be indigestible & poorly absorbed in our digestive systems, but really – all we need to utilise them is for our trusty good gut bacteria to break the choccy polyphenols down into useable bits. Cacao is an awesome prebiotic food, which means it actually provides food for & promotes the growth of some all important friendly bacteria – namely the Lactobacillus & Bifidobacteria that are found to increase in number when we eat / drink it. We also see a decrease in some of the nastier gut bugs when eating cacao regularly (well rats do anyway, & that’s good enough for me to justify my regular dark choccy / cacao habit)!

 

Feed the Microbes, and Reap the Rewards

So basically – (quality) dark, raw chocolate or raw cacao is good for your gut bacterial balance, which results in many other good things happening as a result. Things like improved metabolism, weight loss, decreased inflammation, healthier blood vessels & heart, more youthful looking skin…..the list goes on. So if the gut bugs want chocolate, don’t deprive them!! Just make sure it’s quality, & not full of sugar (excess sugar will destroy your bacterial balance, and cause many other issues)! As a guilt-free treat you can have ready to go in the freezer – try making these Dark Chewy Choc-Top Fruity Bars  They are high in fibre, & will give you a dark chocolate prebiotic fix! (They can also be made into eggs for Easter, or balls, logs, or any other shapes you like).