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healthy chocolate fondant

Chocolate fondant

When it comes to dessert, chocolate fondant has always been my weakness. The Healthy Luxe version tastes just as good only it's gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free!

Chocolate Fondant was that one option on the dessert menu that I could never go past…. So, Sophie (@coconutandbliss) and I set out to recreate this childhood favourite, substituting sugar with smaller quantities of pure maple syrup, butter with coconut oil, sugary chocolate with raw cacao… you get the gist. We half expected it to fail but it turned out to be one of our all time favourite collab recipes that we have made many, many times since.

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healthy chocolate fondant

Serves 4.

Ingredients

3/4 cup cacao powder
1/3 cup arrowroot flour
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup maple syrup
3 eggs (+ 3 egg yolks), whisked
3-4 tbsp peanut butter (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, then add all remaining ingredients (except peanut butter) and mix well.
  3. Grease and line 4 oven-proof ramekins, spoon the mixture in until approx. half full.
  4. Add a tablespoon of peanut butter (if you wish to create the peanut butter centre) to each ramekin and cover with the chocolate mixture.
  5. Place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Bake for approx. 15 minutes, leave to stand for 1 minute and then gently turn onto plates.
  7. Top with cacao nibs (optional) and serve chocolate fondant immediately.

Want to know the health benefits of cacao?

Cacao is actually raw chocolate, made by drying Cacao Theobroma beans at low temperatures.  The better known product, cocoa, has been through a number of processes. These include roasting at high temperatures, before sugar is added to create the chocolate bar, which often contain less than 40% cocoa solids.

The ‘superfood’ status of raw cacao is largely due to its exceptional anti-oxidant rating. This means it has high propensity to reduce free radicals, thereby protecting cell membranes, reducing inflammation and slowing aging, amongst other benefits.

Cacao also contains substances including anandamide and phenylethylamines. These substances may improve concentration and are reported to have mood lifting properties. This may be further augmented by the presence of the amino acid, Tryptophan, the precursor to mood stabilising neurotransmitter, serotonin.   Other nutrients in cacao include magnesium, essential for cardio-vascular health and energy production; as well as calcium, required for healthy bones.

All the more reason to eat make this recipe we say!

If you like this gluten free chocolate recipe, try our flourless chocolate cake recipe next!

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