• Aine Boyle

10 guilt free chocolate treats

Chocolate is the ultimate comfort food, a guilty pleasure, and the good news is that the right kind of chocolate can actually be good for you… In this blog, I’m going to explain why and also share with you some of my favourite healthy recipes, so you can get your chocolate hit without a side order of guilt.


1. HOT CHOCOLATE

1 cup/ 250ml almond milk

1 tbsp raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa)

1 tbsp pure maple syrup

. teaspoon vanilla extract

a pinch of salt

Put all the ingredients in a saucepan over high heat and stir using a whisk, breaking up any

lumps as you go.



2. CHOCOLATE BARK

350g dark chocolate

125g blanched almonds, toasted and chopped

100g unsweetened dried fruit (eg cranberries or mango)

pinch of sea salt


Line a baking sheet with parchment. Melt the dark chocolate by filling the bottom of a saucepan with couple of cms of water and bring to a simmer over a medium-high heat. Put the chocolate in a glass bowl and set over the simmering water, stirring occasionally. Once melted, tip into the prepared tin and smooth with a spatula so the chocolate is evenly distributed. Scatter over the remaining ingredients (you can add a pinch of dried chillies if you’re feeling brave) and chill in the fridge until the chocolate sets (about 30 mins). Peel off the parchment and break into pieces. Store in an airtight container for up to a month (if it lasts that long).