Whether you’ve made a New Year’s commitment to wellness, or are looking for more nourishing options to nix your sweet tooth fix, below you’ll find a collection of five must-make chocolate inspired recipes to keep your resolutions and bodies going strong. Each a celebration of unprocessed ingredients and plant based nutrition meets subtle indulgence, from breakfast porridges through practically raw dessert pies, healthful living just got a whole lot sweeter.
Perfect post-workout, breakfast, or anytime of day, these chocolatey oats boast creamy coconut milk and yogurt, protein packed nut butter, and are filled with an abundance of energy boosting carbohydrates from whole grain oats, rye, and barley, almonds, apples, dates and cinnamon. I serve mine chilled, fresh out the fridge. Pro tip: the longer they sit, the dreamier they become. [recipe]
This indulgent yet simple make-ahead breakfast recipe, made with plump cherries, dark chocolate, and almond milk yogurt, requires only minutes of preparation for a weeks worth of meals. Think beyond ooey gooey, creamy dreamy, and altogether cozy. [recipe]
The wildly chocolatey relative of my beloved Dark Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Balls, these no-bake bites pack an indulgent and fudge like punch while still celebrating nourishing and unprocessed ingredients and nutrition. Two bites filled with rolled oats, naturally sweetening maple and dates, smooth almond butter, and antioxidant rich cacao, think simple, accessible, and nutrient packed mid-afternoon snack. Best served chilled, I double or triple the recipe for a ready made sweet little something, should the craving or a sudden bought of hunger strike. [recipe]
Skin cleansing and sweet tooth satisfying, these plant based and grain free dark chocolate chip cookies are made with ground almond flour (also known as a gentle exfoliant, leaving skin super soft, smoothed, and reduced of inflammation), shredded coconut, coconut butter, and coconut oil (packed to the brim with healthy fats and antioxidants, coconut oil is antibacterial and anti-fungal, meaning it will help heal rashes, scars, infections, and acne) – bet you can’t eat just one. [recipe]
The sort of bite that combines all of my very favorite flavors – dark chocolate, sea salt, pretzels, and dessert – with that virtuous air of unprocessed, plant based, and mostly raw ingredients, this three layer mini pie boasts a sticky medjool date and salty sourdough pretzel crust, a layer of pure maple and vanilla cashew cream, and a final adornment of coconut, pretzel, and dark chocolate ganache. Make sure to get each layer into every bite – this is the sort of pie you’ll really want to savor. [recipe]