We are constantly bombarded with reminders about what to eat and what to avoid. It also seems to change on a weekly basis. One thing that many people will agree with is that sometimes a little of what you fancy can do you the world of good. So often, that little something is chocolate flavoured!
In the quest for healthy but special treats, this recipe came about. Not only is it good for you, with antioxidant rich cacao and healthy fats from avocado and coconut, it also tastes as rich and decedent enough to serve as a desert on special occasions. Sometimes you experiment with a few ingredients and it just works. This was one of those times!
Spend ten minutes in making this delicious treat, then grab a spoon and know you are doing your body good as well as soothing your mind with a hit of chocolate heaven.
So quick and easy to make with a few very healthy ingredients and you end up with something that tastes very grown up and rather decadent. The best bit is it is made from raw natural and healthy foods and doesn't need any cooking. Easy enough to whip up for one, when you are in need of that chocolate TLC moment. At the same time, you are getting a superfood hit from foods that do you good.
Chocolate Coconut Dessert (Serves 2)
1 large ripe avocado
1-2 large ripe banana (the perfect one is that banana that is languishing in the fruit bowl that will mash easily.)
1 desert spoon of coconut oil (I used Coconut Merchant)
2 teaspoons of Coconut 'honey' nectar (Coconut Merchant)
1 tablespoon of a really good cacao powder (I used Aduna Super Cacao)
This could not be easier. You are moments away from something special ...
Melt the coconut oil, as it is only a small amount I put it in a ramekin and sat that in a bowl of hot water until the oil melted.
Mash the avocado and the banana together, whizz it in a blender or food processor for a super smooth texture.
Add in the coconut oil and mix well.Then add the Coconut 'honey'. You could use agave syrup or a coconut nectar.
Sieve in the cacao powder and mix until all the ingredients are well combined.
Taste it! If you prefer it a bit sweeter, add another teaspoon of Coconut 'honey'.
Spoon into pretty glasses or small bowls, this is very rich, you won't need a big bowl.
Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to serve. (It will keep a couple of days in the fridge.)
When you are ready to serve, you can dress it up with some coconut chips, cacao nibs, tangerine segments, strawberries, or just a dollop of natural yogurt. Whatever takes your fancy.
Finally, enjoy the moment ...
Theresa Cutts. Nutritional Consultant. June 2017.