Think Fresh: Cocoa

chocolate almond muffins

It’s pretty much the best news of all time, chocolate is good for you!  I’m sure you’ve read reports on the benefits of cocoa. I’m not talking Kit Kat bars, sadly, I’m talking real, cocoa powder, high quality dark chocolate. Cocoa is high in antioxidants, and surprisingly high in all sorts of important minerals: iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, copper, manganese…and it’s super high in fibre! We usually associate chocolate type things as unhealthy, and really, the way chocolate is usually used IS unhealthy. But we don’t need to shy away from using cocoa, especially if we sweeten it with natural products such as honey.

To prove my point, here is a fantastic recipe I whipped up today. Seriously, I impressed myself with this one(after a long string of lame dinners this week, perhaps it didn’t take much to impress myself). These are MUFFINS. Not cupcakes, although it’s hard to believe it. Which means that they are not super sweet like little chocolate cupcakes would be, so don’t be shocked when you bite into these healthy little treats.  This recipe is completely clean and healthy and sugar free. They are decadent and seem indulgent, without any of the guilt. These muffins will impress, so…make them!

Chocolate Almond Muffins

Makes about 12

2 cups spelt flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

3 heaping tbs cocoa powder

3/4 cup honey

1/2 cup almond butter

1 egg

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1/2 cup milk

sliced almonds to garnish


In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together wet ingredients. Dump wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir with a spoon until JUST combined. Scoop into silicone or paper muffin cups. Garnish with sliced almonds.  Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes.  Serve warm!