Valentines Post

Looking for a healthy alternative to chocolates and candy kisses for Valentines? Try Superfood Chilled Chocolate (Dessert) Soup!

Recipe created by Julie Morris and featured in her bestselling cookbook Superfood Soups.

Ingredients:
  • 2 Haas Avocados: Just two Haas avocados contribute several nutritional benefits! They contain “good fats” and phytosterols when used in recipes to replace saturated or trans fats, they help to reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood!
  • 1/2 cup of Cacao Powder: Cacao powder is one of natures best sources of magnesium. Magnesium is extremely important for nerve transmission and energy production.
  • 2 Teaspoons of Maca Powder: Another favorite ingredient known for increasing energy levels, but more importantly it enhances our ability to deal with stress. Who doesn’t need help with stress management?
  • 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract: We use a natural vanilla extract in our recipes whenever possible. Natural vanilla extract works to protect your body through antioxidant activity.
  • A pinch of Sea Salt: Sea salt has 6 essential health benefits. A few are rich in trace minerals and are an excellent source of electrolytes.
  • 3 cups of Unsweetened Almond Milk (plus more as needed): Unsweetened almond milk is always a great alternative to dairy! Almond milk, also known as a plant milk, is 50% lower in calories than animal milk, lactose free and vegan. Almond milk can be made at home by pulverizing almonds with water.
  • 1/3 cup of Maple Syrup (preferably grade B): When looking to make healthy choices substitute Pure Maple Syrup in place of Cane Sugar in your recipes. Maple Syrup contains zinc and manganese which are important antioxidants and minerals that refined cane sugar does not contain. *Grade B comes from sap harvested later in the season, it’s thicker and more luxurious in flavor and color.
  • A 15 oz can of full-fat Coconut Milk (refrigerated overnight): Coconut milk is  lactose free and rich in vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6. Fun fact for you: A fully blossomed coconut tree produces 60-180 coconuts in a single harvest!
The Steps:
  1. Combine the avocado, cacao powder, maca powder, vanilla, sea salt, almond milk, and maple syrup in a blender.
  2. Puree until smooth.
  3. The soup should be creamy and light- if too thick, blend in a little extra almond milk until desired consistency is reached.
  4. Chill in refrigerator for one hour before serving.
  5. Refrigerate serving bowls and a small mixing bowl as well.
  6. Just before serving, remove the can of coconut milk from the refrigerator and scoop the white solids into the chilled mixing bowl (discard the remaining water or save for future smoothie).
  7. Whisk the solids into a smooth whip.
  8. To serve, pour soup into small chilled serving bowls, and top with a dollop of coconut whip.

 

Personalizing your Soup!

Several variations can be made to this recipe in order to help customize for personal preferences. Listed below are a few of our suggestions:

  • By adding a shake or two of cinnamon powder and a pinch of cayenne, you can also make a sweet chili-chocolate rendition that’s outstanding.
  • However, if your more of a sweet than spicy person, you could instead add a dusting of cacao powder over the top of your coconut whip.
  • Now if your someone with an incessant sweet tooth and are looking for the most chocolate possible, we recommend adding a mixture of both milk and dark chocolate shavings to the top of your whip (which can be easily achieved by using a vegetable peeler and shaving down the sides of each chocolate bar).
  • Alternatively, blend in a little mint extract to make a chocolate-mint version.

 

Thank you for reading our healthy alternative. If you mention the recipe here at Coffee’s Country Market we will be happy to “BOGO” the first ingredient. One Hass avocado on us.

 

 

 

 

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