As you can probably tell I am a huge chocolate lover. I do believe its important to eat healthy but at the same time to celebrate the delicious foods we enjoy and I believe that chocolate is good for you!

Cacao is high in magnesium which is essential for stress and helps us to relax. Most chocolate treats are also high in sugar, which actually depletes the body of magnesium, so if you can have cacao without the refined sugar and combined with healthy fats and protein (which slows the absorption of sugar down) then you can definately view chocolate as a healthfood! The sunflower seeds or cashews provide protein, healthy fats and a massive dose of vitamin E which is an important antioxidant in the body and is essential for cell membranes, brain cells and cholesterol.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp cashews or sunflower seeds if you are nut free.

20g 100% cacao chocolate (I used Willie’s cacao) I like mine strong! Use less if you prefer a less chocolatey version.

1-2 tsp date syrup (less sweet is actually a better taste with this)

1 cup of hot coconut milk

1/2 tsp maca powder (optional but good for stress)

Method:

Add the cashews or sunflower seeds into a blender. Heat the coconut milk and add the chocolate to the pan, whisk to combine. Then pour the warmed milk into the blender and blend completely. Pour into a cup and add the date syrup.

Alternatively you could have this as a cold smoothie – in which case add a few ice cubes when you blend it up.

DAIRYFREE/REFINEDSUGARFREE/VEGAN

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