Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast

These Chocolate Almond Butter cups are so easy to put together, and are totally worth the effort.

Chock full (no pun intended) of stress-busting, mood-lifting ingredients – these are the perfect treat for almost any celebration.

In one large study of 13,000 people, those who ate dark chocolate in the previous 24 hours were 70% less likely to report depression. And it didn’t take much, just 12 grams of dark chocolate was enough to elicit this effect. That’s just 2 or 3 of these treats!

Not only are these treats potentially mood enhancing, they offer so much pleasure on the palate! The smooth velvety chocolate, the crunchy snap of the cacao nibs, and the creamy almond butter filling make for a satisfying indulgence.

We love these Chocolate Almond Butter Cups as a special Valentine’s Day treat! But, with how simple and delicious they are to put together, you may find yourself making them more often.

 References:

https://www.psychiatrictimes.com/view/dark-chocolate-depression

 

Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

These Chocolate Almond Butter cups are so easy to put together, and are totally worth the effort. Chock full (no pun intended) of stress-busting, mood-lifting ingredients, we think you might be making these regularly.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup Cacao Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup Almond Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Almonds finely chopped or crushed

Instructions
 

  • Line 12 mini muffin holes with parchment paper liners. Set aside.
  • Fill one large pot with water and place a smaller pot inside. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Ensure no water is able to get in the smaller pot.
  • Add coconut oil into the smaller pot and stir continuously until melted.
  • Add cacoa powder, maple syrup and almond butter, stirring gently until well combined.
  • Using a spoon, evenly portion half the chocolate mixture between the mini muffin hole liners. Set in the fridge to harden for 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove mould from the fridge and layer a small disc of almond butter in each mini muffin hole.
  • Cover almond butter with remaining melted chocolate mixture, then sprinkle with crushed almonds to garnish.
  • Return to the fridge for 5-10 minutes to fully set the chocolate. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutritional information per serving:
 
Calories - 215
Sugar - 2g
Fiber - 3g
Carbs - 6.5g
Fat - 20g
Protein - 3.5g

Hot Cocoa Elixir

Hot Cocoa Elixir

Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast

When most of us think of chocolate, we generally conjure an image of something with lots of sugar to perk us up… but with this Hot Cocoa Elixir, we have a decadent chocolate drink that’s healthy enough to serve as a breakfast. It’s packed with all the pick-me-up benefits you want, with none of the sugar crash that you don’t want! 

Cocoa is the unsung hero behind – or rather in – dark chocolate. Raw cocoa contains a massive antioxidant capacity, including phytonutrient flavonoids. The flavonoids in cocoa have been studied to show their ability to oxygenate the blood and brain.[1] This flavonoids in cocoa have been found to possess many benefits, such as: memory improvement, mental processing speed, attention span, and verbal fluidity.

Hemp seeds, coconut oil, and almond butter contain a variety of healthy fats that help to nourish our nervous systems and may assist in stabilizing mood.

Chia seeds, cauliflower and almond butter also contain fibre, which supports blood sugar balance and optimal elimination habits – both of which may help reduce anxiety symptoms and/or triggers.

Give it a try today!

 References:

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5432604/

 

Hot Cocoa Elixir

When most of us think of chocolate, we generally conjure and image of something with lots of sugar to perk us up… but with this Hot Cocoa Elixir, we have a decadent chocolate drink that’s healthy enough to serve as a breakfast. It’s packed with all the pick-me-up benefits you want, with none of the sugar crash that you don’t want! 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Unsweetened Hazelnut Milk or almond milk
  • ½ cup Frozen Cauliflower
  • ½ Banana
  • 2 tbsps Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 2 tbsps Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tbsp Hemp Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Hazelnut Butter or almond butter
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil
  • tsp Sea Salt optional, for topping
  • 1 tsp Dark Chocolate optional, shaved, for topping

Instructions
 

  • TO PREPARE HAZELNUT MILK (if using)
    ½ cup hazelnuts
    2 cups cold water
    1 Medjool date, pitted
    a. Place hazelnuts in a bowl or blender container. Cover with cold water and soak, covered in the refrigerator at least 8 hours or overnight.
    b. When soaking is complete, transfer to a blender if necessary and add date. Close blender lid and blend until hazelnuts are completely blended and smooth.
    c. Line a strainer with cheesecloth or use a nut milk bag. Place over a medium bowl and strain out milk from remaining hazelnut pulp. Take your time to get every drop of deliciousness.
  • TO PREPARE ELIXIR
    In a blender container, add all ingredients and blend until smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan over medium-low heat, and bring to a simmer. Pour into mugs, top with shaved dark chocolate and serve warm!

Notes

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories: 275
Carbs: 29g
Fibre: 8g
Sugar: 5g
Protein: 16g
Fat: 13g