Chocolate for breakfast anyone?
CHOCOLATE CAN BE A GREAT TREAT AND A DECADENT DESSERT BUT I THINK IT MAKES A DELICIOUS ADDITION TO BREAKFAST TOO.
Chocolate doesn't have to be reserved just for desserts and special occasions. 100% cacao is actually a superfood! This superfood contains a number of essential minerals; such as potassium, copper and magnesium, flavonoids and several vitamins; including vitamin B1, B2, D, and E. Pure cacao (not to be confused with the milk chocolate, high sugar varieties) is rich in antioxidants, making it a heart healthy choice.
WHAT SOME FOLKS DON'T KNOW IS THAT CACAO CAN HAVE AN AFFECT ON OUR MOOD-HORMONES TOO INCLUDING PHENYLETHYLAMINE, SEROTONIN, AND ENDORPHINS.
Serotonin, you might already know, is an anti-depressenant hormone that calms us and makes us feel good. Along with serotonin, phenylethylamine also helps to boost our moods. And those endorphins? Well, they help you to feel empowered and energized and we often associate them with exercise, but cacao can give them a boost as well!
START THE MORNING ENERGIZED WITH THESE RICH CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY WAFFLES
Grain Free Chocolate Peppermint Muffins...
1 ripe plantain
1/4 cup almond butter
1/3 cup real cacao powder
1/3 cup almond flour
1 Tablespoon espresso powder (optional)
1 Tbsp baking powder
pinch of pink Himalayan salt
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
*optional - pinch of monk fruit or stevia for extra sweetness
Preheat the oven to 350°F and liberally grease a doughnut pan with coconut oil.
Puree plantain in a blender. [note - it helps to add 2 or 3 tablespoons strong brewed coffee or non-dairy milk to the blender to puree more easily]. In a separate mixing bowl, combine puree and almond butter and then slowly sift in remaining ingredients until well combined.
Scoop batter into mini muffin pan and bake 7-10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let that deliciousness cool before scarfing them down.