Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Happy National Bitter Sweet Chocolate Day!

Did you know that today is National Bittersweet Chocolate Day?


There have been many studies linking cocoa and dark chocolate with health benefits. Cocoa and chocolate contain a large amount of antioxidants (flavinoids). Cocoa and dark chocolate may keep high blood pressure down and reduce the blood's ability to clot, thus the risk of stroke and hart attacks may be reduced. The darker chocolate with the most concentrated cocoa will be the most beneficial. According to an Italian study, a small square (20 g) of dark (bittersweet) chocolate every three days is the ideal dose for cardiovascular benefits. Eating more does not provide additional benefits.
Here is a quick dairy free refined sugar recipe for Dark Chocolate Ganache!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut milk (from a can is fine too)
  • 2 ½ cups dark dairy-free, gluten free dark chocolate
  • 3/4 cup of Maple Syrup or Agave Nector
  • citrus zest if desired such as orange , lemon or lime :D
  • 1tsp of vanilla extract

Preparation:

1. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the coconut milk and chocolate vanilla and Maple syrup or Agave. Stirring frequently, cook until the mixture is well combined and the chocolate has a glossy finish add zest if desired. Remove the ganache from the heat. Use while warm or slightly cooled.


Here are some fun nutritional facts about cocoa and chocolate :D
http://www.cacaoweb.net/nutrition.html

3 comments:

  1. What to you use it on, Joanna?

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    1. Hi Kirsten sorry I don't know why my blogger is not sending my updates of comments :( I would of answered u sooner. Chocolate Ganache is great one, cakes, cupcakes, your favorite "ice cream" , dipping fresh fruit and so forth Enjoy!!! :D

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  2. 3 Researches PROVE How Coconut Oil Kills Fat.

    The meaning of this is that you actually burn fat by consuming coconut fat (in addition to coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 researches from large medicinal magazines are sure to turn the traditional nutrition world around!

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