With Easter just around the corner, the temptation for chocolate and sweet treats is almost impossible to resist. It’s good to let yourself indulge from time to time, but it’s also easy to get a tad carried away. Whether you’ve got little ones with a chocolate addiction or you want to curb your own cravings, here are a few strategies to reduce sugar this chocolate season (or at least make healthier chocolate related choices).
1. Make your own chocolate
Making your own chocolate is not only easy and delicious, but it is also great as you are in charge of what goes in. You can make homemade chocolate simply using raw cacao powder, cacao butter, coconut sugar, vanilla and salt. If you enjoy dark chocolate, keep the coconut sugar to a minimum for an even healthier, low sugar dessert.
Using the same recipe you would use for making a homemade block of chocolate, you can also make Easter eggs or bunnies simply using an appropriate mould.
Raw chocolate bunnies
Makes approx. 4 medium sized bunnies
1/2 cup melted cacao butter
1/3 cup cacao powder
3 tbsp coconut sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla bean powder
1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
2. Sneak some protein into your chocolatey delights
Vegetables/legumes mixed with chocolate may sound a little strange, but bear with us. Chocolate brownies made with sweet potato have become increasingly popular, as have black bean brownies and even zucchini ones. If you’re scrunching your nose up right now, we guarantee you’ll feel differently after you take a bite. The vegetables/legumes simply help to create a soft, fudgy texture but the taste is totally disguised.
To make it more festive you can turn your veg brownies into brownie ball easter eggs… Delicious and festive!
Black bean brownies
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup almond meal
1/4 cup oatmeal
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
1 cup black beans (drained and rinsed)
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp filtered water
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp coconut oil
*Alternatively you can spoon into easter egg moulds to create brownie balls.
3. Chocolate smoothie bowls
Chocolate for breakfast? Now that’s something we can get around, especially when it’s healthy! Using superfood ingredients such as cacao powder and other functional ingredients such as maca and/or mesquite, you can create a delicious, naturally sweet chocolate smoothie bowl that has absolutely no refined sugar whatsoever. For enhanced sweetness (and nutrients) you can add some of our Nexba Probiotix Water - it is best with the mango flavour. Make it Easter-y by topping with your homemade easter eggs (homemade chocolate recipe above!).
Chocolate probiotix smoothie bowl
1 large frozen banana
1/3 cup frozen mango
2 tbsp cacao powder
1/3 cup Nexba mango probiotix water
1 tbsp maca powder or mesquite powder (optional)
4. Homemade Frozen Choc Bites
These chocolate bites are a satisfying sweet treat, perfect for the little kids (and the big kids). To make chocolate bites you can use the exact same recipe as above for the chocolate smoothie bowl, pour into ice block moulds, freeze and voila. Alternatively if you wanted something even more simple, you can blend banana, cacao powder and coconut milk. Again if you want to make your treats a bit more Easter themed, you can get creative with moulds - bunny moulds are always a hit.
5. Toys > chocolate
If you want to stay away from chocolate entirely, you can always consider swapping the gift of chocolate for something else you think your child may appreciate, whether that may be a toy, game or book. They will still experience the fun of gifts just without the sugar hit. To make things even more exciting you could introduce a toys scavenger hunt so the little ones can search the garden for soft toys, lego, dolls… the list could go on for days!
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