90% of Americans have at least some chocolate nearly every day, and
it’s usually thought of as a guilty pleasure rather than a healthy
indulgence. However, there are health benefits to be had from chocolate,
especially when the unhealthy ingredients are left out.
Did you know?
has more antioxidants than blueberries, green tea, and red wine, and
nearly eight times the antioxidants found in strawberries.
Dark chocolate has been shown to lower high blood pressure and LDL cholesterol.
Cacao contains antibacterial agents that fight tooth decay.
chocolate triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s endogenous
opiates and the feel good chemicals responsible for the “runner’s high.”
By weight, cocoa powder has more protein than eggs.
This is a great way to get some antioxidants and share a yummy dessert with a friend!
- 1/2 cup cashews ($1.00)
- 1/2 cup raisins ($.75)
- 4 tablespoons cacao powder ($.80)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla ($.05)
- pinch salt
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil ($.10)
- 1 tablespoon agave ($.20)
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder ($.40)
shredded coconut for topping
- In a food processor fitted with an “S” blade, process the cashews until finely ground and powdery (but not oily).
- Add the raisins, cacao powder, vanilla, and salt, and process again until the mixture starts sticking together.
- Press the brownie mixture firmly into the mold of your choice. I used a rectangular miniature tart pan with a removable bottom. Release onto a plate.
- For the frosting, stir together the coconut oil, agave, and cacao powder until smooth.
- Spread on brownie and top with coconut flakes.
- Find a special friend to share it with!