It’s International Chocolate Day today! Are you ready? I can’t eat cacao, so I will have to live vicariously through you. DO. NOT. LET. ME. DOWN!
If you’ve totally flaked on this day that is special to so many … here are a few recipes! Enjoy 🙂
Chocolate Avocado Mousse
So this mousse. Chocolatey. Creamy. Rich. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and your mouth will be none the wiser, while your stomach will be all the happier. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make. Put it in one large tureen for a grand display or into individual little ramekins for a pot d’creme flourish.
- Cut one bar in half, reserving half of one bar for shavings.
- Place a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the base doesn’t touch the water.
- Break the remaining chocolate into the bowl and stir, allowing it to melt. While you break it, appreciate the fine snap! sound that high quality chocolate makes when it breaks.
- Once melted, set aside to cool slightly.
- Meanwhile, halve and stone the avocados, then scoop the flesh into a food processor or blender, discarding the skins.
- Split the vanilla bean pod down the middle, scoop out the beans, and add them to the food processor.
- Add the remaining ingredients and pulse for a few seconds. Scrape down the sides with a spatula, then pulse again to combine.
- Pour in the cooled chocolate, then pulse a final time until creamy and smooth.
- Put into desired serve ware, then pop in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes. Serve with an extra grating of chocolate.
Dark Chocolate Ginger Waffles with Cream
Topped with Ginger Almond Greek Yogurt Cream, one waffle will keep you full for hours. The Ginger essential oil gives the waffle a gentle spice that intertwines perfectly with the sweetness of the almond and vanilla and brings out the chocolate flavor. A perfect balance of healthy and traditional ingredients, these waffles also freeze well.
yield: 10 waffles
1 cups cake flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder (We used Scharffen Berger’s)
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon coarse salt
3 large eggs, separated
2 cups buttermilk
½ cup coconut oil, liquid form
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 medium zucchini, shredded (smallest shredder size possible)
2 drops Ginger essential oil real maple syrup, for topping
- Preheat oven to 250°F and place a wire rack over a baking sheet, set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the flours, cocoa, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Whisk until evenly combined.
- Make a well in the center of the bowl and pour in the egg yolks, buttermilk, coconut oil, almond extract, vanilla extract, and Ginger essential oil. Mix until just combined and lump-free.
- In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Make sure the bowl and beaters are super clean so that the egg whites fluff up properly. Add the beaten egg whites to the batter, a little at a time, and fold them in gently until evenly combined.
- Shred zucchini and fold into batter.
- Heat waffle iron and lightly grease with cooking spray. Add about ¼ cup of batter to the center of the hot waffle iron. Close lid and cook according to your waffle iron’s instructions.
- Transfer to prepared wire rack baking sheet. Keep waffles warm in the preheated oven while you continue to cook the rest and make the cream. Serve with the Greek Yogurt Ginger-Almond Whipped Cream and real maple syrup. Enjoy!
Greek Yogurt Almond-Ginger Whipped Cream
Makes about 3 cups of whipped cream
1 cup heavy cream, chilled
1/2 cup Greek yogurt, full-fat or otherwise, chilled
Powdered sugar, to taste
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 toothpick’s worth of Ginger essential oil
- In a medium-sized bowl, beat heavy cream, yogurt, sugar, almond extract, and Ginger essential oil on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Taste and add more yogurt or cream to taste and whisk again to soft peaks.
Dark cocoa powder: Raw cocoa powder contains a high level of antioxidants that can help protect against diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and age degeneration.
Zucchini: This is an ideal vegetable to aid in weight loss. It is a low calorie food that is a great source of dietary fiber which can help maintain bowel regularity. It’s high water content can help keep the body hydrated and can leave you feeling full. It is also a good source of vitamin C.
Greek yogurt: This type of yogurt contains strong doses of protein. Its high protein content can aid the body in maintaining healthy skin and fighting off illness.
Ginger essential oil: Can also help support a healthy digestion and reduces bloating and gas while delivering anti-oxidant protection.
Chocolate Mint Maca Smoothie
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup kale
- ¼ avocado
- 3 dates, pitted
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon maca powder
- 1-2 drops Peppermint essential oil
Combine ingredients, except essential oil, in a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Add essential oil to taste
- Whip solid coconut oil, raw honey, and Peppermint essential oil together with hand mixer. The whipped filling should be white and fluffy when complete.
- Refrigerate whipped filling for about five minutes.
- Use a small scoop or measuring spoon to make small mounds of mint filling. Press down with spoon or finger to make a flat shape.
- Place each piece on sheet of parchment paper on top of cookie sheet. Return mints to freezer until ready to coat with chocolate.
- In small saucepan or double boiler, gently melt chocolate chips over low heat.
- Take mints out of freezer. Use fork to dip each piece in melted chocolate. Place on top of cooling rack.
- For holiday fun, sprinkle with crushed candy cane immediately after coating.
- Put chocolates back in freezer to cool until hardened. Serve chocolates immediately or store in refrigerator until you are ready to eat them.
TrimShake Fudgesicles are a delicious and healthy way to cool off in the warm weather. Loved by adults and kids alike, these fudgesicles are full of protein and add a nutritious punch to your chocolatey sweets. Don’t worry though–nobody will ever know they are actually healthy!
1 14-ounce can coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons baking cocoa
3 scoops Chocolate doTERRA TrimShake
- In large bowl, combine all ingredients.
- Beat until smooth.
- Pour in popsicle molds and insert popsicle sticks in middle.
- Place in freezer overnight.
It turns out, a few ingredients in these yummy fudgesicles hold some health benefits that you might not know about. Here’s a look at just a few health highlights.
Coconut milk: Coconut contains the fatty acid, lauric acid. The body converts lauric acid into a compound called monolaurin, an antiviral and antibacterial. For this reason, many believe that the consumption of coconut milk can protect the body from infections and viruses.
Vanilla: A 2013 study found that vanillin (found in vanilla extract) may have cholesterol-lowering benefits.
Honey: Antioxidants called flavonoids are found in honey and can help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.