Who doesn't love chocolate? A lot of chocolate products are unhealthy, and contain a lot of sugar, rather than the natural cocoa. In fact, cocoa powder that comes from the bean itself, is not only highly nutritious, but also provides many health benefits.
Cocoa and Antioxidants
According to Medical News Today, cocoa is one of the highest containers of polyphenol. Unsweetened cocoa powder is the best option when purchasing cocoa powder, so that you obtain the maximum health benefits. You can find it at your local supermarket or health food store.The best part is that Cacao is a super fruit due to the high density of nutrients, and has medically proven health benefits. It also contains fiber, which keeps you feeling full for longer periods of time.
Here's a recipe using unsweetened cocoa powder, that is both healthy, and still extremely delicious.
Go ahead and impress your kids and guests with this decadent superfood! I gave the Nutella spread a healthy makeover by blending unsweetened cocoa powder and hazelnuts. For the "dough," use Eziekel tortillas or 100% whole wheat tortillas. It's vegan and dairy free.
Makes 4-6 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 2 minutes
1⁄2 cup hazelnuts, chopped
1⁄2 cup pitted Madjool dates
1-2 tablespoon Agave nectar
1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil
Sea salt, pinch
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon water
Toppings & Base
2 Ezeikel tortillas or 100% whole wheat tortilla
1 banana, sliced
10 stawberries, sliced
1 tablespoon crushed walnuts
1 tablespoon crushed pistachios
1 tablespoon goji berries
1.Add all ingredients for the “Nutella” spread to a Vitamix or high-speed blender and blend well (approx. 2 minutes)
2. Oil skillet with extra virgin, cold pressed coconut oil
3. Warm tortillas in a skillet over medium heat until both sides are crispy
4. Spread the "Nutella" spread all over the warm tortillas
5. Arrange Banana slices on top
6. Sprinkle with walnuts, pistachios and goji berries
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