Paleo Inspired Chocolate Treats

If you're a chocolate lover like me, then chocolate will also be your favourite comfort food and go-to guilt-free treat. Sovereign are all about empowering New Zealander's to take charge of their health and wellbeing. After being inspired by their #lifetakecharge mantra I'm sharing with you my top 5 Paleo inspired chocolate treats. These treats are a great way to satisfy your chocolate cravings without over indulging.

I'm a huge lover of dark chocolate - Whittakers 72% Dark Ghana and Pana Chocolate's Eighty are my favourite. I make sure to consume chocolate with levels of at least 70% cacao to gain from it's many benefits. Not only is cacao considered a super-antioxidant with it's high ORAC score but it's also labeled a mood boosting food as cacao contains the amino acid tryptophan, which leads to the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that promotes feelings of joy and may help prevent mild depression. The small levels of caffeine found in chocolate may also influence our mental state by keeping us focused and alert.

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Who would've thought putting avocado and chocolate together made for such a delicious dessert?! I first saw this combination in Luke Hine's recipe book last summer and have been recreating my own version ever since. This is a rich and creamy mousse that is so perfectly complimented with the addition of fresh strawberries. I like to use the widely loved Whittakers 72% Dark Ghana for this recipe but have also made this using Pana Chocolate's Eighty.

Paleo Chocolate Truffles 

If you're like me and love the thought of bliss balls but hate dried fruit such as dates, these chocolate truffles will be your new favourite treat. Using only 5 Paleo pantry staples, this is a fool proof recipe that can be kept in the fridge until ready to eat. I love altering these by substituting the vanilla essence for peppermint essence and rolling in desiccated coconut or orange essence and rolling in a combination of orange zest and cacao.

Chocolate Beetroot Brownies 

Replicating the texture and taste of my favourite Chocolate Mississippi Mud Cake you'll have your friends and family fooled when you reveal the secret ingredient in these brownies - beetroot! This has been a huge hit in my family with little fingers constantly sneaking slices. Although this recipe isn't strictly 'Paleo' I couldn't help but add it to this list. It's a great whole foods recipe containing many Paleo pantry staples. You can even make these into cupcakes or a cake and top them with my Avocado Chocolate Mousse or Raw Nutella recipe depending on your preference.

Creamy Cacao Smoothie

Sometimes I just want a quick chocolate fix. Not only is this smoothie quick and easy but it's rich, creamy and delicious! I like to freeze my bananas and often change up my nut butter and top with the same nuts. This has been my go-to smoothie lately as I've been eating less cooked breakfasts with the warmer months approaching. The glass rimmed with coconut was inspired by a smoothie I saw on Mondays Wholefoods Instagram and I feel like it's going to to be a compulsory addition to any smoothie I make it the future.

Chewy Cacao Cookies 

Nothing smells better than fresh cookies out of the oven. They'll have you feeling like a kid again in your attempt to devour them before they're even cooled. These moreish cookies pair perfectly with a glass of almond milk straight from the fridge while watching reruns of your latest favourite TV series in bed. This recipe makes quite a few cookies so I wrap a few up with string and gift them to friends. Not only do I avoid inhaling them all in one go but who doesn't appreciate a home baked gift?

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