We are dietitians and we are chocoholics. We’re not afraid to admit it. Chocolate can be part of a healthy diet! There are a multitude of health benefits associated with cocoa.
So, when we were approached by Skill Success, about trying one of their online cooking classes- it’s no surprise we both wanted to try: Making Healthy Raw Cacao Desserts. Skill Success is “an online courses community for people interested in creating a meaningful life through learning things you care about.” A very wide range of topics are offered: everything from beauty to business to language, just to name a few.
We were definitely intrigued by the ingredient list to make a chocolate mousse dessert.
The online video was easy to follow along to. It was a new, fun way to experience a cooking class from the comfort of home. While we can’t share this particular recipe, unless you have the Skill Success subscription, we can share that our raw chocolate mousse made with unexpected ingredients like avocado and soy sauce did turn out delicious. Did we tell our children what was really in this dessert before they tried it? Absolutely not! We prepared it while they were off playing together and were none the wiser that they weren’t eating a traditional chocolate mousse. They are picky little eaters that would’ve automatically stuck their tongues out at the sound of it. After they licked their spoons clean, we told them and they couldn’t believe it…all they tasted was chocolate, not any of the undercover ingredients.
Taking this course, inspired us to try out some other undercover chocolate dishes. When our kids come home from school, they are always hungry and always begging for “a treat”. A classic line they give is “Can I have something healthy AND a treat?” With homework and after school sports, loading them up on a ton of sugar and empty calories isn’t the best idea.
Here’s a couple of ideas to try out on your kids and take our advice: make them ahead of time so they don’t see what the ingredients are. Trust us on this one!
Trust us: you can't take the beans in this dip! It tastes like a rich chocolate frosting. Great for dipping fruit in. Packs a protein and fiber rich punch to fill you up.
- 2 c blackbeans
- 3.5 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1/4 c maple syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
puree all ingredients in food processor until completely smooth. Chill before serving.
Lasts in the refrigerator for 5 days.
Undercover Chocolate milk
This simply tastes like standard chocolate milk. Yet, you're sneaking in extra fiber, vitamins, minerals and protein with the peanut butter and banana (which naturally sweetens the drink without the loads of added sugar in traditional chocolate milk. You can't taste the peanut butter or banana! The ice cubes thins it out so it's not a smoothie consistency.
- 1.5 c milk any kind
- 1 banana
- 1 tbsp peanut butter or any nut butter
- 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 ice cubes
thoroughly blend. if too thick, add additional ice cubes.
These snacks are “treats” your kids will love and you will feel good about serving them!
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From one Chocoholic to another, we hope you enjoy!
Thank you to Skill Success for the complimentary class. However, the opinions and review are all our own.