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HEAVENLY HOLIDAY SERIES: THE SEXY SPILL OF CHOCOLATE SOUP !

December 15, 2015

 

There is something to be said about spilling the beans on a healthy chocolate connoisseur!  The craziness of chocolate has gotten the food industry leaders bent over backwards regarding the phenomena of this ever so euphoria filling food! From Godiva Chocolatiers , to Hershey food products filling our grocery shelves, to the ever growing numbers of chocolate addicts ,which may be reflection that biting into chocolate really does activate the part of our brain that produces the chemical hormone called oxytocin, which is also produced when you orgasm during sex!  No wonder , foodies can’t keep their hands off any chocolate product, recipe, or can’t get enough of chocolate inspired events! Although the media portrays chocolate commercially as really sexy,  it’s quite the oxymoron because eating too much chocolate with the wrong mix of recipes, food products, and recipes can lead to an unsexy waistline. I’m the first to admit I have a huge weakness for chocolate, and cave in every so often to what I call the sexy spill of chocolate soup!  At #zenonaplate , the sexy spill of chocolate soup is where Sexy and Healthy meet Comfort!  Read on how to make this holiday a sexy spill of chocolate soup…

 

 

 

1)Go for Gluten Free Chocolate desserts which cut out refined flours

 

2)Create your own chocolate desserts with natural sugars (See nutty brownie recipe, and baked donut recipe)

 

3)Eat 100% pure dark chocolate in small portions after meals to satisfy sweet cravings

 

4)Use Unsweetened Organic Cocoa to whole food recipes (See Baked Donut Recipe)

 

5)Make Whole Food Chocolate Desserts (Avocado Chocolate Pudding see below)

 

6)Minaturize those unhealthy  Chocolate Desserts

 

7)Go for protein rich foods with Chocolate  (Chocolate Almonds,-ex)

 

8)Avoid processed and commercial chocolate junk food (candy bars like Snickers , donuts from Dunkin Donuts, or packaged foods like Hostess- Hos-Hos

 

9)Define and Balance Chocolate in your life as a Reward and for special occasions: This way you create balance when and how often you have it

 

10) Go Raw! Always best to have Chocolate or the cocoa bean in it’s purest form. Whether you make chocolate fondue or  dip fruit as a healthy treat, or make  raw chocolate desserts with 100 percent natural and whole ingredients

 

11) When indulging  in a heavier chocolate dessert focus on balance and be mindfully present.. Add a workout in, eat a healthy portion, and eat clean the rest of the day

 

#ZENONAPLATE SEXY HOLIDAY CHOCOLATE SPILL OF RECIPES

 

 

#SWEET POTATO PUREE CHOCOLATE BAKED GLAZED DONUTS (Gluten Free, and can be made Vegan see the notes)

 

Prep Time: 10 minutes  Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Nutrition Information :

SERVES 26 MINI DONUTS PER SERVING WITH GLAZE

 

Calories: 78 , Carbs: 16 ,Fiber: 2 ,Sugar: 6 ,Protein : 3 Fat, : 1 gram

 

No saturated fat, dairy, flour, or refined sugars

 

 

Ingredients

 

2/3 cup of Sweet Potato Puree

¼ cup of Brown Rice Flour

1 Cup of Oat Flour

3 Egg whites

2 Tablespoons of Flax

1/3 cup of Coconut Milk

½ Cup of Honey

¼ cup of Stevia ( Can use Xylitol, or Coconut Sugar)

½ tsp of Vanilla

1 tsp of baking soda

½ tsp of salt

4 Tablespoons of PB2 (powdered peanut butter)

 

 

Glaze

1 cup of dark chocolate chips (Vegan ) Lilly’s Chips or Enjoy

½ cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 Tablespoon of  Honey

1 Tablespoon of Coconut oil

1 Tablespoon of Coconut Flour to thicken the chocolate

 

Olive oil or coconut oil for baking tray

Toppings: Dried Fruit of your choice , chips

 

NOTES: TO MAKE IT VEGAN REPLACE THE EGG WHITS WITH EITHER 3 TALBESPOONS OF CHIA OR FLAX SEED, AND REPLACE THE 1/3 CUP OF COCONUT MILK TO 1/2 CUP OF COCONUT MILK. 

 

Directions:

 

Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit.  Mix together the dry ingredients first , and then add the liquid ingredients.  Next, mix together the batter until uniform. Then grease mini donut tray with olive oil or coconut oil. Then use a spoon to scoop out batter and pour in donut cavities. Make sure it’s about ¾ full and evenly spread around.  Then pop in the oven for 12-14 minutes until donuts are set.

 

Turn burner on to medium, and in pan pour one Tablespoon of Coconut oil, and let it spread. Next pour one cup of chips and let them melt slightly before adding the milk. Add one Tablespoon of Coconut Flour to thicken the chocolate once it’s melted. This will add more thickness to the chocolate glaze.  Then lower the heat slightly and stir the chocolate until it’s melted and uniform. Next, take donuts out and cool for ten -15 minutes. Dip donuts in the glaze and then put your choice of dried fruits or chips.

 

 

                                 #ZENONAPLATE  HOLIDAY “NUTTY BROWNIE”

(GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE, AND CAN BE MADE VEGAN IF YOU SEE THE NOTES)

 

 

PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES COOK TIME: 45 

 

Serves 16 :Nutrition Information per Serving

 

Calories: 152 Carbs: 19 Fiber: 4 Sugar: 8 Grams Protein: 5 Fat: 8.5

 

This nutrient dense nutty brownie is full of iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, Vitamin A, Folate, and Choline

 

 

INGREDIENTS

 

1 Cup of Black Beans (Rinsed and drain the juice)

1 Banana

1 Cup of Sweetened Applesauce

1 Cup of Almond Flour

½ Cup of Unsweetened Cocoa

¼ cup of Pb2

½ cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk

2 Tablespoons of Flax

½ Tablespoon of Baking Soda

1 Tablespoon of Coconut oil

½ Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract

1 Teaspoon of Salt

¼ cup of xylitol, or stevia

¼ cup  plus one tablespoon of Peanut butter chips (if you are vegan do not use these unless you can find a vegan brand)

2 Tablespoons of Honey

¼ Cup of Dark Chocolate chips (vegan brand type) plus ½ Tablespoon

10- chopped almonds

 

 

Toppings

Chocolate Chips, and Peanut Butter Chips, and Chopped Almonds

 

 

Directions:

 

Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit. In a blender pour the beans, the banana, and the applesauce and blend together until it’s in puree from. Then pour to a medium size-mixing bowl, and add the remaining liquid ingredients, and then add the dry ingredients  except for the chips and honey. Once the dough is consistent add chips and honey. Mix dough until it’s even. Next oil a small square baking pan around the size of 8 by 8 or slightly larger. Then once the tray has been oiled  with coconut or olive spray , then pour the batter into the baking tray. Then place the chopped almonds on top by scattering them in an even pattern on top of the mixture. Place in the oven for 40-45 minutes. I recommend going for 45 minutes for a bit chewier. If you like it a bit more moist then  go for 40 minutes.

 

 

NOTES: TO MAKE IT VEGAN DON’T USE THE PEANUT BUTTER CHIPS

 

                                    #ZENONAPLATE CHOCOLATE AVOCADO PUDDING (GF)

 

 

Prep Time: 5 MINUTES

 

One serving

 

Nutrition Information

 

Calories: 320 Calories, Carbs: 34 grams ,Protein: 14 grams Fiber: 11 grams , Sugar: 20 Calories Total Fat: 17 grams

 

No refined sugars, gluten, and made of whole ingredients and is full of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin A, Vitamin K, Folate, and Choline

 

Ingredients

 

One Avocado

½ cup of Greek Yogurt

2 Tablespoons of Unsweetened Cocoa

One Tablespoon of Agave

½ tsp of Vanilla

1/8 tsp of Cinnamon

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Milk

1 Tablespoon of Stevia, Monk fruit

 

Toppings: Dried or raw Bananas, and Dark Chocolate Chips

 

 

 

Directions:

 

Peel the avocado, and remove pit and skin. Then put the avocado in the blender  and the rest of the ingredients, and blend. Decorate with your choice of dried or raw fruits, and add some dark chocolate chips!

 

NOTES: TO MAKE VEGAN REPLACE YOGURT WITH COCONUT GREEK STYLE YOGURT 

 

 

 

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