Sometimes it just has to be chocolate. But honestly I am never quite relieved of the guilt I feel eating something that even if its good quality “Organic” chocolate, is still to packed with other less desirable fillers and sugar. So I was so excited when I came upon this recipe from Megan Telpner who is the Director of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition and author of UnDiet:Eat Your Way to Vibrant Health, I just knew I had to share it. This is a simple recipe with easy to obtain ingredients and runs rings around any store bought items that come to mind. Check it out, better yet try it out and let us know what you think. But remember make your own, cause we don’t share…ha, ha, ha, just kidding, maybe.
Here are the ingredients in Simple Hemp Chocolate Spread:
Brain Fueling Chocolate Spread: Culinary Nutrition Style
- Hemp Seeds: Hemp seeds are mostly fat and protein. The ratio of omega 3 to 6 is ideal as an anti-inflammatory agent and the easily digestible plant proteins make hemp seeds a superfood for brain health and nervous system nourishment.
- Raw Cacao: Having less caffeine than it’s roasted counterpart, raw cacao lets us take advantage of the powerful anandamide, a plant chemical that translates as bliss in the brain. Combine that with the high antioxidant concentration and magnesium to help relax the smooth muscles of the body, and you’ll be laughing at this goodness – literally!
- Ghee or Coconut Oil: The medium chain saturated fats found in both ghee (clarified butter) and coconut oil are super brain fuel. These fats provide a steady flow of energy to the body and the brain that help us to feel energized in a calming way – without the spikes and crashes. As far as a spread goes, I also love that both ghee and coconut oil are relatively solid at room temperature, but sweetly melt when spread on warm bread or a muffin.
- Raw Honey: Raw honey is my go-to sweetener of choice as it’s available locally in Toronto, and is jam packed with anti-microbial phytonutrients, enzymes and B-Vitamins (or should I say bee vitamins?).
For Recipe Instructions and more photos: Simple Hemp Chocolate
Photo Source: Academy of Culinary Nutrition