It feels like the holidays just got over, but the Holiday Death Aisle is BACK…. and this time we are bombarded with store shelves filled with red, pink and white junk and pretty heart-shaped boxes filled with toxic chocolates by brands like Russell Stovers, Godiva, and Hallmark. Take a look at the ingredients in these Valentine’s Day chocolates below and you’ll quickly realize that they’re just selling cheap ingredients wrapped up in fancy-looking packages. Why would you give your Valentine a “gift” filled with heart-wrecking partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors derived from petroleum, nasty preservatives, artificial flavors, GMO oils, sugar from GMO Roundup-Ready sugar beets, and the absolute worst ingredients you can put in food? How do these companies keep getting away with this?
Let’s be real here – eating chocolate on occasion is absolutely an okay treat – but consideration needs to be made when choosing how to get your fix.
Unfortunately, our food system’s top priority is the bottom line so we need to pay attention to the ingredient label on every single product we buy. Chocolate can provide a daily dose of much needed antioxidants or it can be a chemistry experiment full of man-made artificial ingredients. I do not like supporting brands that try to trick me into buying questionable ingredients. Voting with your dollars is one of the only ways to voice disgust for the unhealthy chemicals in food, and it can also directly influence change by hitting the bottom line of the food companies that continue to sells us cheap, harmful, and potentially dangerous ingredients.
And, I don’t know about you… but when I’m presented with a box of chocolates it’s really hard for me to eat just one.. or two.. or three… I tend to really overindulge! That’s where this super simple and healthier chocolate treat comes in…
This Five-Minute Creamy Chocolate Mousse is one of the recipes included in the Maintaining Your Success After Detox Guide from my 7-Day Sugar Detox Program, which shows you the healthiest ways to enjoy sweets without sabotaging your health. Expecting to live without sweets and desserts for the rest of your life is just crazy, and no one would ever be successful trying to maintain a diet like that!
The key is to only choose treats that are both sweet and nutritious. That way you’ll satisfy your cravings but still get a dose of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Eventually you’ll develop a distaste for processed refined sugars and your desire for ultimate nutrition will become instinctive.
Nutrient-dense whole food sweeteners include:
- Whole fruit
- Coconut palm sugar
- Raw honey
- Maple syrup
- Date sugar
- Dried fruit
To avoid temptations, get these “bad sugars” out of your pantry and life (your body doesn’t need them!):
- White sugar (regular table sugar)
- Brown sugar
- Powdered sugar
- Corn syrup
- Agave nectar
- Splenda, Nutrasweet, or other artificial sweeteners
Not only is this chocolate mousse lightning-QUICK to make, but it’s sweetened with a touch of maple syrup and the natural sweetness found in coconut and vanilla. When you top it with some high-fiber berries, such as raspberries or blackberries, you’ll help to slow the absorption of those natural sugars into the body – which is MUCH healthier than eating a few Valentine’s Day chocolates (and actually more delicious than those chemical-filled things anyway)!
Ready to whip up this mousse? You only need five simple ingredients… cacao powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, coconut cream, and almond milk…
Just throw these five ingredients in a good high-powered blender along with a handful of ice cubes and blend on high for a few minutes until nice and creamy. Adding a pinch of sea salt helps to bring out the sweetness and balances the flavor…
And voila!!! That’s it. In just five minutes, you’ve got a decadent, creamy, chocolatey dessert that will satisfy any chocolate craving without any nasty refined sugar or additives! I like to top mine with strawberries and cacao nibs, but you can use either or neither… whatever you prefer. A sprinkling of chopped raw nuts would be good too! Letting it sit in the fridge for a few hours helps thicken it up too if you like your mousse to be denser.
- 2 cups coconut cream or 2 cups fresh coconut meat
- ¼ cup almond milk (alternative: coconut water )
- ¼-½ cup cacao powder, depending on how chocolatey you prefer
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup, more as desired
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch sea salt
- fresh berries
- cacao nibs
- coconut flakes
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender along with a handful of ice cubes and blend on high until smooth and creamy.
- Top with fresh berries or cacao nibs. Enjoy!
Please use all organic ingredients if possible.
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