Posted on September 29, 2017 by Louisa Feary

Rather than picking up a milk chocolate bar (that has less antioxidant-rich cocoa and more sugar) the next time you’re in the supermarket, try purchasing a healthier option. Go with Dark Chocolate, as it is known to be good for your heart and boosts brain power along with other health benefits.

You may not realise it but eating dark chocolate will give you more discipline when it comes to how much you have in one serving. Because of its rich flavours a few bites will give you your daily chocolate dose. There are plenty of dark chocolate brands on the market for you to choose from so, when looking, you want to find one with a cacao (or cocoa) content of 70 percent or more. Here are a few that you can find in local supermarkets.

Pascha Organic Dark Chocolate = Range of 55%-85% Cacao.

Lindt Excellence Dark Chocolate = Range of 70%, 85% and 90% Cacao.

Green & Blacks Organic Dark Chocolate = Range 70%-85% Cacao.

You will find 99%-100% cacao in baking or organic stores but they are hard to find in normal supermarkets.

Dark chocolate is also great for vegans, vegetarians or those with lactose/whey allergies and intolerance as most good quality dark chocolate will not contain butter or cream as white and milk chocolate does.

Always aim to buy organic or fairtrade chocolate to give back to the farmers who provide us with these delicious treats!

Here’s a little recipe to get your dark chocolate buds going 1- Healthy dark chocolate bounty bar:

Filling:

200g desiccated coconut

2 tbsp of honey

20g coconut oil or coconut butter

Pinch of table salt

Coating:

150g high percentage dark chocolate depending on taste – if unsure go for 70-85%

1 tbsp coconut oil or coconut butter

Method:

  1. Mix together all the filling ingredients in a bowl and mould little finger shape portions onto a baking sheet.
  2. Allow to cool in the freezer.
  3. Gently melt together the coating ingredients in a bowl over some boiling water until combined, smooth and glossy.
  4. Once the filling is set individually dip into the melted chocolate and place back on baking paper and return to fridge to set.

 

Enjoy!

Reanne, Gym & Spa Supervisor, Woodberry Down