There are 90 percent of Americans have at least some chocolate nearly every day, and it's usually thought of as a guilty pleasure rather than a healthy indulgence. However, there are health benefits to be had from chocolate, especially when the unhealthy ingredients are left out. Did you know? Chocolate has more antioxidants than blueberries, green tea, and red wine, and nearly eight times the antioxidants found in strawberries. Dark chocolate has been shown to lower high blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. Cacao contains antibacterial agents that fight tooth decay. Consuming chocolate triggers the release of endorphins, the body's endogenous opiates and the feel good chemicals responsible for the "runner's high." By weight, cocoa powder has more protein than eggs. This chocolate toast recipe makes a quick but elegant snack or light dessert and is a delicious way to get some antioxidants!
Chocolate Toast [Vegan]
- 4 slices good french bread, each piece cut in half
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, for toasting
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon agave
- 2 to 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- pinch salt
- sliced strawberries
- Toast slices of good french bread in a pan with olive oil.
- In a small bowl, mix together the coconut oil, agave, cocoa powder, and a pinch of salt until it's a very smooth, slightly thick sauce. I made mine with 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, which makes a really dark sauce. For less chocolatey-ness (but who wants that!?), use less, 2 tablespoons would be good, I think, but it's a "to taste" thing.
- Spoon a bit of the chocolate sauce on each slice of toast, and top with some sliced strawberries.