It doesn’t matter what time of the month it is—chocolate always sounds good. Before you stock up on store-bought treats, consider getting your fix the homemade way. There’s one ingredient that will let you have it all—from ice cream to brownies—in a way that’s so healthy you’ll give your body a boost while indulging.
Cacao powder—which primarily comes from tree pods in Africa—is not only full of free radical-absorbing antioxidants, but it also has an impressive magnesium content with a single cup of cocoa containing 429 mg. Since the important mineral can help with everything from handling stress to getting a good night’s sleep, it’s key to your well-being—so why not take it in via some chocolatey desserts?
These healthy cacao powder recipes will let you get your chocolate fix the healthy way.
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1. Raw chocolate chaga coconut doughnuts
Healthy donuts you don’t even have to cook? It sounds like the kind of dessert you dream about, but this option—AKA pure chocolate heaven—is total IRL goodness. And, to add to its appeal, it also contains a stress-busting adaptogenic boost from chaga mushrooms.
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2. Sweet potato brownies
Who knew sweet potatoes and cacao would be such a winning combo? These vegan and gluten-free brownies are just as delicious as the kind that aren’t made from veggies. And the (literal) icing on the cake, err, brownie? Avocados. Yeah, talk about a super dessert.
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3. Chocolate nice cream
No dairy will be found in this chocolatey nice cream. Made with frozen bananas, almond milk, and just the right amount of cacao powder, the frozen treat will hit the spot all summer long—and keep you feeling great in the process. Take that, soft-serve.
Read more: wellandgood.com