Holiday Antioxidant Cheer

Written by Monica Kovacs, CNP

So last week I wrote about my brilliant idea of making chocolate mint spirulina cups (kind of like a super awesome healthy version of Reese's peanut butter cups) but when I went shopping I forgot to pick up peppermint oil. Anyways, I've acquired my peppermint oil since then and attempted, with a great deal of planning, to bring this idea into fruition. The result? Let's just say the fantasy was more enticing than the real thing. Saddened by my epic fail, and am now stuck with a freezer full of chocolate that tastes like grass and seaweed.

 

The lessons to be learned here? Number One: no amount of mint will hide the flavour of spirulina. Number Two: there are other superfoods out there that go better with chocolate. Which brings us to our dessert de jour - Chocolate Blueberry Pomegranate Cups. Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and have been shown to benefit heart health and memory. Pomegranate also boasts antioxidant capacity, along with B-vitamins, potassium and folic acid. And chocolate? Well, I think I've written enough about chocolate in previous blog posts. So without further ado, I bring you my Chocolate Blueberry Pomegranate Cup recipe.

 

Chocolate Blueberry Pomegranate Cups

 

For the Chocolate

 

1/2 cup raw cacao powder

8 tbsp cacao butter

2 tbsp raw honey

small pinch sea salt

 

For the Topping

 

a small handful blueberries

a few spoonfuls of pomegranate seeds

 

Directions:

1. If you don't have a double broiler, fill a large pan with water, and place a smaller pot on top of the water and bring to a boil.

 

2. Melt cacao butter, placing little bits in the pot at a time, until you have about 8 tbsp of liquid. Stir in honey, cacao powder and sea salt and whisk together until smooth.

 

3. Divide evenly between 6 paper muffin cups and top with desired amount of fruit. Place in fridge until chocolate is solid, and enjoy.

 

About Monica

Monica is a Holistic Nutritionist and avid cook. She is often found in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes or buried behind a pile of cookbooks. Local, organic, plant-based ingredients are her weapons of choice. Click here to follow her on Facebook and Twitter