It may have been ‘World Chocolate Day’ last week but we think chocolate should be celebrated everyday! Check out our favourite new chocolatey recipe from Nutritional Therapist Xochi Balfour, find out why you shouldn’t feel guilty about eating chocolate everyday and check out our favourite places to go to get our chocolate fix!

Bounty Balls by Xochi Balfour

We are obsessed with these delicious coconut and cardamom bounty balls by Nutritional Therapist Xoxhi Balfour. Whip up a batch for the week and keep them in the fridge or the freezer for a healthy snack when you are in need of a sweet treat.

Ingredients makes about 24 small balls

Filling:

200g desiccated coconut (unsweetened)

3 tbsp melted coconut oil

2 tbsp honey (or maple / sweet syrup of your choice)

100g coconut cream

1 tsp vanilla paste or extract

a generous pinch of salt

crushed sends from 5 cardamom pods

Chocolate coating:

50g cacao butter

45g cacao powder

1 tbsp honey (or maple / sweetener of your choice)

(alternatively you can melt 100g dark chocolate)

In a blender or food processor, whizz the desiccated coconut until it forms a coarse powder. (If you like more texture you can leave a proportion of it coarse).

Place in a mixing bowl and add the rest of the filling ingredients. Mix thoroughly and adjust saltiness or sweetness to taste.

Roll into bitesize balls and place on a tray or plate in the freezer to cool while you prepare the chocolate coating.

In a bain marie, melt the cacao butter until liquified. Remove from the heat, add the cacao powder and honey and stir thoroughly.

Bring your balls out from the freezer and use two forks to coat each one in chocolate before placing back on a tray or plate. When you are finished, place them in the fridge to set. If you have leftover chocolate, you can pour it into a small flexible tupperware and scatter with nuts, seeds and dried fruit to create some dark chocolate bark, which will also set in the fridge and can be eased out when hard.

Serve cold and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Discover more of Xochi’s recipes, wellness tips and her latest retreats here.

 

Why you shouldn’t feel guilty about eating chocolate…

Rich in minerals and other beneficial health properties, chocolate was known to the Incas as the ‘Food of the Gods.’ Take a look at some of these properties below and some of the reasons you shouldn’t feel guilty about reaching for your favourite sweet treat.

  • It’s mineral rich! High in potassium, zinc, selenium and antioxidants to help fight free radicals.
  • Its been said that chocolate may be able to help improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.
  • High in magnesium, vitamin E and copper, chocolate has been said to improve heart health.
  • It helps to balance serotonin levels, which is why we feel so good after eating it.

It’s the sugar, dairy and other added ingredients that make chocolate unhealthy so we suggest looking for a dark or raw chocolate with a high percentage of cacao, little or no sugar and made from organic beans using a bean to bar process.

Some of our favourites are.

Booja Booja, Om Bar, Lovechock and Loving Earth which can all be found at Planet Organic.

 

Our Favourite Chocolate Hot Spots in London

Check out some of our favourite places to get a chocolate fix in London.

Wild Food Cafe

If you love healthy food, raw treats and a colourful atmosphere, Wild Food Cafe is the place to go. Based in Neals Yard in Covent Garden its menu offers a selection of seasonal dishes made from organic ingredients. Try the Forgotten Ecstasy smoothie made with cacao, coconut, cacao butter, cherries, maca and dates.

Nama

Based around the corner from our founder Alice, Nama is a favourite of Team Asquith. With a celebrated menu of raw vegan dishes our favourite time of day to visit is for afternoon tea where you can enjoy a selection of their freshly made raw cakes.

Rococo Chocolate

A chocolate lovers dream! Rococo was founded by chocolate obsessed artist, Chantal Cody in 1983. Its flagship store is on the Kings Road and it’s filled with ‘Willie Wonka’ style creations. Most importantly all their chocolate is made with the finest cacao beans using the bean to bar process. Go there for cake, hot chocolate or take the leap and join their chocolate school and become your very own expert.

Check out more recipes, healthy tips and yoga tutorials here…

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