Cacao is naturally rich in antioxidants, magnesium, iron and calcium. This type of chocolate has a positive influence on brain chemistry and is a natural mood-booster. Read more about chocolate and enjoy my recipes in Craving Chocolate online here.
The less processing and refining chocolate undergoes, the more nutrients it retains. Cacao in the forms of powder, nibs and bars offers a wealth of nutrients and is great for baking.
The cacao bean is not sweet. So, for a healthier sweet treat, instead of using sugar to sweeten your chocolate treats, use honey, maple syrup, coconut palm sugar, stevia or even fruit spread.
Get my recipes online in CRAVING CHOCOLATE for:
Hot Chocolate Espresso
Chocolate Cherry Mug Cake
Chocolate Almond Ramekin Cake
All of my recipes are gluten- grain-free and are celiac-friendly. Dairy is optional, and I made these truffles with coconut palm sugar.
Don’t you dare wait for Valentine’s Day. You can have one of these tiny indulgences right now and without feeling guilty.
Source: Excerpted from Craving Chocolate by Patricia Wilson for IN Magazine. Chocolate photos by Sarah Miller. Magazine image by Patricia Wilson. Author portrait by Greg Kaspar. Visit http://www.INMagTexas.com and http://www.PatriciaCWilson.com.