How much do we know about dark chocolate?
Labeling dark chocolate might be slightly difficult but we do agree that any regular person is practically able to tell that chocolate is good by its taste; the bitter it is the more tasty! But to understand what makes good dark chocolate, it is very important to dig deeper into its origins and figure out its benefits!
“Food of the Gods” , History reports that chocolate was first consumed by native Americans as a beverage rather than it’s actual form ( treat)… In some parts of Central America, it is recorded that cocoa beans were the local currency until recently (the last century).
It is a real treasure growing inside the fruit on cacao trees, the beans are first fermented, dried then cleaned and roasted. The fermentation and roasting process gives a complexity to its flavor! The cocoa shell embraces the cocoa nib which holds two components : cocoa butter and cocoa cake that becomes cocoa powder. What affects the quality of dark chocolate is the its composition: the higher the percentage of cocoa butter remaining, the more flavorful the cocoa powder tastes.
Besides being super satisfying and hard to overdo, pure dark chocolate can positively affect our health since it is:
- Loaded with fibers and minerals ( Iron, Magnesium, Copper,…),
- Rich in antioxidants,
- a key ingredient to lower blood pressure,
- stimulant as it contains substances like caffeine and theobromine.
But, since real dark chocolate isn’t always simple to identify by the look of it; making a choice is often hard… Especially, if we are facing so many options! Luckily, I might help you with that. Here’s what to look for in a good quality dark chocolate:
- A high cocoa percentage (70% and more)
- Pure flavorings and natural ingredients
- Less ingredients (cocoa, cacao butter, vanilla and a little sugar)
Now, that we are more familiar with Dark chocolate how about a recipe featuring dark chocolate?
Just head to the nearest supermarket and buy dark chocolate, because you won’t resist the temptation to make these no bake granola cups… NO BAKING NEEDED, guys!
- 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate
- 1 tbs Peanut butter
- 1 cup Granola
- 1 tbs Dried fruits
- 1/3 Butter or coconut oil
- Mix granola, peanut butter, dried fruits ( dates, raisin, almonds or nuts…) all with melted butter or coconut oil ( for a healthier version).
- Press the mixture down into the mini muffin cups. Using your thumb, press down the middle of each cup making a mini cup out of the granola mixture.
- Fill the cups with melted chocolate!
- Store in the fridge for, at least, 1 hour!