Mocha superfood squares for skin and joint health

superfood squares

Anyone else get a major chocolate craving around 10AM each and every day? I can’t be the only one… I know it’s a signal that my cortisol levels are dropping, causing my brain and body to crave a hit of energy (i.e. caffeine + sugar)… It’s a NEED, I tell you! A NEED!

image (c) Dr. James Wilson's Adrenal Fatigue Blog, click for the full article

image (c) Dr. James Wilson’s Adrenal Fatigue Blog, click for the full article

Rather than busting open a chocolate bar that’s full of refined sugar, I’ve been making these mocha superfood squares and eating them mid-morning every day. Not only are they surprisingly satisfying, they give me amazing side-benefits as well:

  • Protein from the collagen that’s found in the gelatin
  • Healing and sealing of my gut lining (also from the collagen)
  • Hair, skin, and joint health (again… the collagen!)
  • Antioxidants and essential minerals from the unsweetened cocoa powder and the (optional) Mighty Maca Greens
  • Healthy fats from the coconut oil
  • Minerals and trace elements from the pure maple syrup or raw honey (raw honey is also enzyme-rich)

Full disclosure: My hubby won’t touch these because he just can’t get past the texture… They’re cold and chewy/gummy, like firm Jello “jigglers.”  But I think they’re fab, and heck — if he won’t eat ’em, that’s good. More for me.

mocha superfood squares - ingredients

Satisfy your mid-morning cravings with:

Mocha Superfood Squares

Makes 20-25 small squares.

Inspired by Real Food RN’s Healthy Hot Chocolate Squares.

  • 1/2 cup *cold* non-dairy milk (I use almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup gelatin (I am a huge fan of Vital Proteins Pasture-Raised Beef Gelatin)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (or raw cacao powder)
  • 1 scoop (i.e. 1 serving, or 3.4 grams) Mighty Maca Greens powder (optional)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup *very hot* (boiling, or nearly-boiling) water
  • 1/2 cup brewed organic, fair-trade coffee

Instructions:

Lightly grease a 9″ x 9″ square pan.

Add cold non-dairy milk to your blender, and sprinkle gelatin on top. Let it “bloom” (i.e. let it gel) for 3-4 minutes, while you prep the rest of the ingredients.

Start heating your hot water. To the blender (on top of the “blooming” gelatin), add cocoa/cacao powder, Mighty Maca powder (optional), salt, coconut oil, syrup/honey, and vanilla.

Add coffee and *very hot* water to blender. Start on low, and then increase speed to high and blend for 45 seconds.

Pour into lightly greased pan. Refrigerate until firm, about 3-4 hours. Cut into small squares, and enjoy 1-2 squares every time your chocolate craving strikes!

superfood squares

They also make an excellent vehicle for transporting nut butter + banana… 😉

peanut butter banana

Additional (healthy) chocolate recipes you might enjoy: dairy-free brownie batter ice cream, vegan chocolate fudge brownies, fudgy chunky monkey cookies, and my sugar detox cravings busters.

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