Yes I did type that correctly. Great one for nut allergy chocolate lovers. And whilst I love nuts, & recommend them to those than can eat them, it is easy to overeat. So this is something different.
This is cheap, filling, quick, easy & nutritious. It might not suit everyone, but its worth a try.
About this Recipe
When you drain and rinse your chickpeas don’t throw away the water, you will need some to add back in to get the texture you want. If you want a more luxerious feel to it, add less of this and more oil.
- 1 tin of chickpeas, organic if possible
- 4—5 tbsp cocoa, good quality & organic if possible. You can use raw cacao if you prefer but might need to add more liquid
- 3—4 tbsp raw runny honey – up to you
- 4 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 2 tbsp tahini, I prefer raw tahini but up to you
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp good quality vanilla extract
- Drain & rinse your chickpeas, reserve the water (aquafaba)
- Put all other ingredients in a food processor. I would start with 4 tbsp cocoa, 3 tbsp honey then add more if you like later
- Add 4 tbsp of the aquafaba. Whizz up, scrape the sides, whizz again. Taste & adjust the cocoa & honey if necessary, & the consistency by adding more aquafaba or water if too thick.
That is it! Keeps covered in the fridge for a week, or freezes well.
I love this on slices of fruit like banana or kiwi.
Chickpeas (a type of legume) help you feel full up & so aid with weight loss. They are full of fibre, slowly absorbed into the blood stream, so help to balance blood sugar levels. They can aid digestion & help lower cholesterol. Many studies have found that the higher the level of legumes eaten, the healthier people are likely to be & so the longer they are likely to live.
Cinnamon historically was used for insomnia, menstrual cramps, & nausea. It is probably best known now for stabilising blood sugar levels and helping with sugar cravings, great for helping to prevent Type 2 Diabetes & for weight management.
Cocoa powder, whilst not quite up there in the nutrition ranks with its cousin raw cacao, is still essentially a nutritious product—provided you buy the best quality & least processed version you can. Cocoa contains anti-oxidants which research indicates help with blood flow, controlling blood sugar, promoting calmness & contentment, & boosting the immune system.