Sharon Reid

 

I adore chocolate and I am delighted with the news that eating chocolate cake for breakfast* – yes breakfast, has been scientifically proven to contribute  to weight loss if combined with carbohydrates and protein. Why stop at chocolate cake? You could start your day with these relatively easy, healthy chocolate recipes from DW Fitness. These guilt -free treats not only taste delicious but also have health benefits too.

Dark chocolate and peanut butter ‘brookies’

Makes 12 -15 brookies

Ingredients:

30g of unsweetened cocoa powder

200g of dark chocolate (at least 70%)

100g of unsalted butter

100g of natural peanut butter

1 tsp of baking powder

1 tsp of vanilla extract

1 egg

1 tsp of salt

100g of sweetener

150g of wholegrain flour

Method:

Healthy cookie recipes are one thing, but this is taking chocolatey goodness to a whole new dimension.

Melt your chocolate over a pan of hot water.

In a separate bowl, blend your cocoa powder, sweetener and butter together – make sure they’re well mixed.

Then add in your vanilla extract, egg and salt. Mix together.

Gradually work your flour and baking powder into the mixture.

Finally, add your melted chocolate and peanut butter into the mix. Whip into a smooth dough. Add a splash of water if you need to loosen things up.

Separate into equal portions on your grease-proof-papered tray and place in the oven at 180C for around 20-25 minutes. Keep an eye on them as you go – you want them to remain nice and squidgy but not under-baked!

Health benefits:

By cutting back on the amount of butter in the mix, it enables you to add in some natural peanut butter, which is a fantastic source of protein. Another good source of healthy fats, studies have shown that those who regularly include nuts or peanut butter in their diet are less likely to develop heart disease.

Dark chocolate and avocado mousseimage

Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 ripe avocados

30g of cocoa powder (unsweetened)

80ml of almond milk

2 tbsp of honey

1 tsp of vanilla extract

100g of dark chocolate (70% or higher)

1 tsp of fine salt

Method:

As far as simple chocolate dessert recipes go, this is as easy as it gets. Yet the results are phenomenal!

To make the mousse, simply melt your dark chocolate over a pan of boiling water. This should take two to three minutes.

In the meantime, peel and pit your avocados and place these in a blender with your honey, cocoa powder, almond milk, vanilla extract and salt.

Blend until smooth and then pour the mixture into four cups.

Leave these to chill in the fridge for two hours.

That’s it!

What are the health benefits?

The key to this dessert is the avocado. We’ve all heard about the benefits of ‘good fats’ and avocado is excellent in this regard. Avocado gives your mousse a delightful creaminess without the need for butter. They’re also full of potassium, which the body needs to build muscle and control the electrical activity of the heart.

Enjoy!

 

*www.unilad.co.uk