3 Healthy Recipes for #ChocolateWeek!

Everyone loves chocolate and as winter is slowly creeping up on us I think we're all guilty of over-indulging on comfort food but unfortunately it's not always good for us! We have collected some super yummy healthy chocolate recipes from Sophie, who works for our sister company deVOL Kitchens. Sophie is an expert in all things tasty yet healthy so when we decided to do this blog, we knew we needed her help! 

Chocolate, Almond and Raisin Cookies

Chocolate, Almond and Raisin Cookies

Ingredients: (to make 16 cookies):

  • Preheat oven to 170C (fan 150C)

  • Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper

  • Place all ingredients except for salt, into a bowl. Mix until well combined.

  • Take about a tablespoon of mixture and roll into a ball in your hands, place on a baking tray and press down lightly to flatten - not too much! 

  • Repeat with rest of mixture

  • Bake for 20 minutes

  • Once out the oven, sprinkle each cookie with a little sea salt, allow to cool.

  • Best enjoyed within a week.

  • 150g Rolled Oats

  • 100g Raisins

  • 50g Ground Almonds

  • 200g Apple Puree

  • 6 Tablespoons Maple Syrup

  • 1 Tablespoon Almond Butter

  • 1 Tablespoon Cacao Powder (or Cocoa Powder)

  • Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, to taste

Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Brownies

Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Brownies

 

  • Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan 350F

  • Line a square baking tray (20cm x 20cm) with greaseproof paper

  • Mix together the peanut butter and maple syrup until combined, in the prepared baking tray cover evenly with little blobs of the mixture.

  • In a bowl, over a pan of simmering water (ensuring the bowl doesn't touch the water), slowly melt the chocolate and coconut oil together. As soon as it's melted, remove from the heat.

  • In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a free-standing mixer, beat together the eggs and sugar until creamy.

  • Stir through the almonds and baking powder.

  • Fold in the melted chocolate mixture.

  • Pour the brownie mixture into the baking tray and spread evenly.

  • Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes, depending on how gooey you like them! 

  • Leave the brownies to cool for 10 minutes before turning over the tray, laying them onto a cooling rack so the peanut butter blobs are showing. Sprinkle with sea salt and leave to cool before cutting into squares.

  • Best enjoyed within a week.

Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons of good quality crunchy Peanut Butter

  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup

  • 125g 85% Dark Chocolate

  • 100g Coconut Oil

  • 2 Eggs

  • 125g Coconut Sugar

  • 75g Ground Almonds

  • 1 Teaspoon Gluten-Free Baking Powder

  • Maldon Sea Salt, to taste

Raw Chocolate Orange Truffles

Raw Chocolate Orange Truffles

 

  • In a food processor, blitz together the dates, oats and cacao powder until it combines and comes together to form a dough

  • Add the zest and juice of an orange and a pinch of sea salt, blitz again

  • The consistency should be fairy squishy but not too wet, if it's still too stiff add some more juice from another orange, if you like it extra orangey add some more zest! Blitz again

  • Sprinkle a clean plate with some extra cacao powder, then take a heaped tablespoon (ish) amount of mixture, roll into a ball shape in your hands then roll over the plate to cover in a dusting of cacao powder. Place onto a clean plate and do the same with the rest of the mixture. You can vary the size depending on how big you'd like them to be.

  • Best enjoyed within a week. 

Ingredients:

  • 400g Good Quality Soft Dates

  • 200g Rolled Oats

  • 100g Raw Cacao Powder (or Cocoa Powder), plus extra for rolling

  • Juice and zest of 1-2 Oranges

  • Maldon Sea Salt, to taste