Easter long weekend give us time to unwind, spend time with loved ones and if you are lucky enjoy beautiful home cooked food.
But when you mention the word Easter, another word may pop into your head…
Chocolate comes from the cacao seed which originates from Mexico, central and South America. Once Cacao is fermented it then turns into what we know as cocoa powder.
Both forms have been used medicinally for centuries and contains a variety of nutritional properties. It is particularly rich in minerals such as
potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese and selenium.
It is also rich in flavonoids a group of antioxidants, which is why it has been associated with lowering blood pressure and supporting our cardiovascular system.
Like all foods, the quality of chocolate is very important in solidifying the nutritional benefits. Looking for chocolate that is high in the cocoa contents (between 70-90%) is optimal. Try incorporate good quality chocolate products into your diet. This may be through adding cocoa nibs into your oats, adding some organic cocoa powder to your chai latte or have a go at our avocado chocolate mousse recipe listed below (yum!).
At Brick and Mortar we have found the perfect balance between chocolate indulgence and a nutrient rich meal – the Chia Bowl!
Our omega 3 rich chia seeds are mixed with raw cocoa and coconut milk which makes the base of our delicious chia bowl. Then we top it off with dark chocolate, pistachios, coconut flakes and seasonal fruit. This dish not only looks beautiful but also has the perfectly balance amongst nutrients.
Easter is a time for indulgence and spending time with loved ones. Enjoy that Easter egg – you deserve it!
Serving 4 people
- 2 Large ripe Avocados (pip and skin removed)
- 1/3 cup of organic or Manuka honey
- ½ cup of raw cocoa powder
- ¼ cup of almond or coconut milk
- pinch of rock salt
- Add all ingredients into food processor or smoothie maker.
- Mix until smooth (you may need to scrape the edges and help mix a bit)
- Place in fridge for a minimum of 1 hour in a sealed container
- Serve with fruit or coconut flakes – Enjoy!