Healthy chocolate with Healthy Living @ Himmelfarb

BrowniesOn February 10, Lauren Mulcahy from Whole Foods Market Foggy Bottom gave a session on healthy ways to incorporate chocolate into your diet and demonstrated how to prepare the following recipes.

Enjoy the following recipes!

Black Bean Brownies


2 c. cooked or ‘no salt added’ black beans, drained

10 pitted medjool dates (or 1 1/4 c.domestic dates)

2 T. raw almond butter

1 t. vanilla

1/2 c. natural, non-alkalized cocoa powder

1 T. ground chia seeds


Preheat oven to 200 degrees

Combine black beans, dates, almond butter and vanilla in a food processor or high-powered blender.  Blend until smooth.

Add the cocoa powder and chia seeds, then blend again.

Spread evenly in a lightly oiled 8×8″ baking pan.  Bake for 90 minutes.

Cool completely.


Cocoa Nib Fruit Salad


1 banana, peeled and cut into 1/2″ pieces

3 medium kiwis, peeled and diced

1 medium mango, peeled and diced

1/4 c. hazelnuts, toasted, skins removed, and coarsely chopped (optional)

2 T. cacoa nibs

2 T. freshly squeezed lime juice


Ginger Chocolate Sauce


1 c. Vegan Chocolate Ganache

1 c. unsweetened almond milk

1 t. ground ginger

1/2 t. ground cinammon


Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor.  Puree until smooth.  Enjoy immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


Vegan Chocolate Ganache


3/4 c. pitted dates, soaked in warm water to cover for 10 minutes; reserve liquid

1/2 c. almond butter

1.2 T. pure vanilla extract

3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder


Places dates in high-speed blender or food processor with 2 tablespoons of the reserved soaking liquid.  Add almond butter, vanilla, and cocoa powder then puree until smooth, adding 1 or 2 more tablespoons of teh soaking liquid until the mixture becomes thick and smooth.  Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 2 weeks.


Blender Hot Chocolate


1/2 c. cashews, soaked 1-2 hours

3 medjool dates, pitted

2 T. cocoa powder

1/2 t. vanilla extract

1 c. water or plant-based milk


Place everything into a high-speed blender and blend until it is smooth and warm (about 2 minutes).

Image: Kimber, E. (2008).  Brownies [Image]. Retrieved from

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