For heavenly-healthy treats that are just in time for Easter and spring foliage, combine nature’s most decadently healthy bean – cocoa – with your favourite greens powder (that’s well hidden within chocolate’s rich, robust flavour and colour).
 
For the most nutrients, both of these ingredients are better uncooked, or at least not heated above 40 °C (104 °F). Chocolate’s health benefits are highest in raw cacao, not manufactured cocoa. Its polyphenols have anti-inflammatory properties; its anandamine is a natural antidepressant; its theobromine promotes cardiovascular health; it has high vitamin D and protein; and, of course, it triggers endorphins that stimulate feelings of being in-love.
 
Try these 5 chocolate recipes that conceal greens well:
(cacao can be substituted with dark cocoa)
 
1. Green Chocolate Mint Mousse
 
1 ripe avocado
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp raw sugar or honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 tsp greens powder
 
DIRECTIONS
Puree avocado in a food processor until smooth. Mix in the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth, making sure the greens don’t clump. Refrigerate for two hours before serving.
 
2. Green Peanut Power Bars
 
½ cup natural peanut butter
½ cup honey
½ cup raw cacao powder
½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 tbsp greens powder
3 tbsp each of sunflower & sesame seeds
1 tbsp chopped walnuts
1 tbsp chia seeds
 
DIRECTIONS
In a pan on medium heat, combine peanut butter and honey until bubbly. Remove from heat and add cacao, coconut, greens, walnuts & seeds. Press into greased pan. Cool and cut into squares.
 
3. Green Cacao Ginger Balls
 
1/3 cup dried candied ginger, finely chopped
¼ cup raw cacao powder
½ cup sesame seed butter (tahini)
1 tbsp greens powder
½ cup pumpkin seeds, ground in blender
1 tbsp raw cacao (for rolling)
¼ cup chopped dates & apricots (combined)
 
DIRECTIONS
Puree tahini, pumpkin seeds, cacao, greens, chopped dates & apricots in a food processor. Put in bowl and add candied ginger. Roll into balls and coat in extra cacao powder.
 
4. Green Chocolate Pudding
 
1 package organic soft tofu
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup raw cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp greens powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp cashew butter
 
DIRECTIONS
Puree all ingredients in a food processor until smooth and creamy. Chill for 2 hours.
 
5. No-Bake Green Brownies
 
10 whole graham crackers
1/2 cup finely chopped roasted hazelnuts
1/3 cup raw cacoa powder
2 tsp greens powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup dates, soaked 10 minutes in warm water
1 ripe banana
1/4 cup organic applesauce
DIRECTIONS
Grind graham crackers to make 1 cup crumbs. Place oats, crumbs, greens, cashews, dates, cacao and salt in a food processor and blend until smooth. Add banana and applesauce to blender. Put into bowl and add hazelnuts. Push mixture firmly into greased baking pan and chill for 2 hours.

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