Valentine's Day is over, but I am still thinking of chocolate.
Let's talk about the health benefits of chocolate because that is all we want to know. All chocolate lovers want to hear are the benefits and none of the guilt. Here it goes.
A few health benefits of chocolate
- Lowers cholesterol levels.
- Prevents cognitive decline specifically memory.
- Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Decreases the risk of stroke.
Now, now, don't rush and go eat as much Hershey's as possible. We are not talking about your generic candy in the candy store, but organic, high quality cacao. This recipe includes organic unsweetened cacao powder and 85% Valhrona chocolate. The higher the concentration the cacao the better.
When I first made these, I didn't use a sweetener and I found that they were great. I have cut out refined sugar from my diet for a while so I have changed my palate to be hypersensitive to sweet. If you are new to making Paleo treats and a lower sugar diet, I adjusted the recipe for you. So enjoy!
-3 medium ripe bananas
-2 large eggs
-1/4 cup pure maple syrup
-1 tsp. vanilla extract
-1 cup almond flour
-1/4 cup coconut flour
-1/3 cup organic cacao powder
-1/2 tsp. baking soda
-1/2 tsp. baking powder
-1/4 tsp. sea salt
-1 bar of 75% (or above) dark chocolate
-Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
-In a large bowl, mash the bananas until smooth and add the maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix until fully combined.
-In a small bowl, combine all the dry ingredients: almond flour, coconut flour, cacao powder, baking soda, powder and sea salt.
-In small increments, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until fully combined.
-Spray a 8x8 baking pan with olive oil spray and add the wet ingredients.
-Roughly chop the chocolate bar and sprinkle on top of the brownie mix.
-Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean.
-Let cool and sprinkle with sea salt (my preference).