Wife, Mummy, Nurse: D is for Dark Chocolate

26 July 2011

D is for Dark Chocolate

Last week I referred to chocolate as being a woman's best friend.  So, I decided to stay on the chocolate swing and delve a wee bit into dark chocolate.  There are many benefits to eating dark chocolate.  Dark chocolate contains

  • Flavonoids which function in the body as antioxidants.  Flavanols are the main flavonoid found in chocolate.  When chocolate is processed, it loses some of the flavanols.  The key to remember about chocolate is, "The darker the better."
  • Antioxidants which help our body's cells resist damage caused by free radicals\
This is my second favorite brownie recipe.  See Healthy grain free brownies
  • 2 cups black beans (or 1 can of no salt added)
  • 3 lightly beaten eggs
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil (or melted butter)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup honey (or other equivalent sweetener) (next time I want to try palm sugar!)
  • 1/2 cup chopped up bittersweet chocolate (or semi-sweet chips if you don’t mind the added refined sugar in them)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts -optional
Making these could NOT be simpler. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8×8 pan. Toss all but the final 2 ingredients (the chopped up chocolate and walnuts) into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Fold in the chopped chocolate and walnuts. Pour into the pan and bake for about 30 minutes.

Read more: grain free brownie | Naturally Knocked Up http://www.naturallyknockedup.com/healthy-grain-free-brownies/#ixzz1TBGE3RCX
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My notes:
I used butter, not coconut oil, because I could not open the lid to our coconut oil.  :(
Instead of honey, I used sugar in the raw.  
Definitely use the blender or food processor.  The first time I made these, I misread the directions and did not use it, though it did not detract from the taste, I could see whole beans and it looks better when they are not whole.
This tastes very much like chocolate mousse.
I'm sorry I did not post a picture.  I had planned on making these brownies this past weekend, but when the heat index is in the 100's, I don't want to use the oven.  A picture will hopefully be posted tomorrow.
Enjoy, but eat in moderation!!!


  1. I LOVE dark chocolate. So much so, that I've completely shunned any other kind. :)

  2. I have these in the oven right now, we'll see how it goes. I used half coconut oil/half butter, just because :)