Dark chocolate has been proven to have several health benefits. For this reason, it’s the main ingredient of this gluten-free and vegan recipe. To prepare this easy and delicious dessert, you’ll only need 3 ingredients and, what’s best, there’s no baking time!
Chocolate comes from cacao, a plant originally from the Amazonas, and has been part of many people’s culture for centuries. Its beans are recollected, dried, cleaned, and then roasted. In the industrial process, other ingredients are added to obtain different chocolate flavors, like cocoa butter, sugar, and milk. The fewer additions it has, the darker the chocolate is.
Dark chocolate is rich in minerals, such as iron, magnesium, and zinc. The cocoa in dark chocolate also contains antioxidants called flavonoids, great allies against free radicals. This food is a rich source of polyphenols that can lower levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) in the body and increase levels of good cholesterol (HDL).
All in all, these components can provide several health benefits and help prevent many diseases, including heart diseases, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and high-pressure blood. Here's how it works: flavanols stimulate nitric oxide production, which causes blood vessels to dilate, and in consequence, blood flow is improved and blood pressure is lowered.
Dark chocolate contains compounds with anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce inflammation in the body. As additional properties, it can improve brain function and help prevent neurodegenerative conditions as well.
As you can see, dark chocolate is an all-time favorite, both because of its flavor and health benefits: it’s very nutritious, highly antioxidant, can improve blood circulation and lower blood pressure, and is good for the skin. Eating dark chocolate will improve your mood, too! Did you know that chocolate causes the same sensation as being in love?
You can use dark chocolate as the main ingredient for a lot of delicious desserts and smoothies. In the following recipe, it's combined with coconut milk, rich in minerals such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium. This match makes a tasty creamy texture for sure.
- 170g dark chocolate bar
- a can of coconut milk
- 220g porridge oats (you can also mix oats with chopped nuts or puffed quinoa)
Note: rather than diy coconut milk due to its higher fat content and creamier texture
1. Break the chocolate bar and melt in a small saucepan.
2. In another pan, heat the coconut milk and pour over the melted chocolate. Let sit for a couple of minutes, then mix well.
3. Add the oats (or your mix of choice) and stir until combined.
4. Pour the batter into a greased cake tin, lined with baking paper. Let it cool and then place in the fridge for 4/5 hours or freeze for 2.
Serve topped with your favorite nuts or fruit of choice and a delicious coffee.
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