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Recipes For World Chocolate Day

If you happen to be a self-confessed chocaholic, World Chocolate Day is your excuse to indulge with every meal! Add a little sweetness to your breakfast, lunch and dinner with these simple recipe ideas…

Breakfast: Chocolate Banana Shake

Difficulty:
Easy

Ingredients

1 Banana (preferably frozen) 

1 Handful of Spinach 

1 tsp Cacao Powder 

1tsp Peanut Butter  

½ Cup milk (we love Coconut or Almond) 

1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder (optional)  

Method

Step 1

Blitz everything up in a blender, pour into your favourite glass and get sipping! It’s like having a milkshake for breakfast – the childhood dream!  

Lunch: Chocolate Porridge

Difficulty:
Easy

Ingredients

1 /2 Cup Oats 

1 Cup Milk or Water  

1tbsp Cacao / Cocoa Powder 

Handful of Fresh Strawberries  

Sprinkle of Flaked Almonds 

Drizzle of Maple Syrup (optional)  

Method

Step 1

Add the oats, liquid and powder to a small pan. On a low heat, continually stir the oats to ensure they don’t stick. Slow and steady wins the race here and creates the creamiest porridge.

Step 2

Alternatively, you can microwave for 2 minutes, making sure to stir halfway through.  

Step 3

Top with strawberries, flaked almonds and a drizzle of maple syrup or any other fruit / nuts you prefer!  

Dinner: Chilli Con Carne with Dark Chocolate

Difficulty:
Medium

Ingredients

1 Onion 

1 Clove Garlic 

2 Red Peppers 

1tbsp Olive Oil 

2tsp Chilli Powder 

1tsp Cumin 

1tsp Paprika 

Salt and Pepper to taste 

1 can Chopped Tomatoes  

1 can Mixed / Kidney Beans  

500g Beef Mince or swap for a Plant-Based Mince Alternative  

250ml Veggie or Beef Stock  

20g Dark Chocolate (70%+)  

To Serve: rice, tacos, wraps or a sweet potato jacket. Top with sour cream, natural yogurt or crème fraiche and a sprig of fresh coriander.  

Method

Step 1

Start by prepping all the veggies – dice the onion, chop the garlic, deseed, and slice the peppers. 

Step 2

Next add the oil to a large pan and gently fry the onion and garlic until they begin to soften. Add the peppers and cook for a further 5 minutes until tender.  

Step 3

Now it’s time to get spicey – add each spice to the pan and stir until all the veggies are coated.

Step 4

If you’re adding mince, now is the time! If not, throw in the beans and give everything a good mix! 

Step 5

Pour in the tin of tomatoes and stock, bring to a simmer and cook on a low heat for a minimum of 30 minutes. The longer the cooking time, the more infused the flavours will become and the better the dish will taste.

Step 6

After 15 minutes of cooking, crumble in the dark chocolate and allow to melt, followed by another 15 minutes of simmering until the sauce becomes thick.  

Step 7

Cook the rice or whichever side dish you have chosen according to the instructions and finish with a dollop of yogurt / sour cream / crème fraiche.  

Snack: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Difficulty:
Easy

Ingredients

100g Dark, Milk or White Chocolate  

120g Peanut Butter or Almond if you prefer  

1tbsp Honey / Maple Syrup / Agave  

Sea Salt (optional) 

Method

Step 1

Grease a silicone mould or prepare a cupcake tin with cupcake liners 

Step 2

Melt your chocolate of choice and spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of chocolate in the bottom of each case. 

Step 3

Place in the fridge / freezer to harden slightly.  

Step 4

Meanwhile stir 120g of peanut butter with 1tbsp sweetener of choice until a runnier consistency is formed. 

Step 5

Next, take the cases out of the fridge and evenly spread 1-2 tablespoons of the peanut butter mixture on top of the chocolate base. 

Step 6

Add the remaining melted chocolate to the top of each case and smooth over. A sprinkle of sea salt as a great addition here! 

Step 7

Refrigerate for 1-3 hours until the chocolate has hardened, and the peanut butter cups easily slide out of the liners.  

These can be made as ‘healthy’ or treaty as you like! Choose 90% dark chocolate and natural nut butter or go all out with the white chocolate and sugar laden peanut butterIt’s all about balance and what fits your lifestyle choices!  

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