Okay, I’ll admit it…I’m kind of on a chocolate rampage right now, and this Nutty Paleo Chocolate Fondue definitely did what my husband and I call, “the thing.” You know that feeling you get when you eat chocolate and all is right with the world? That’s “the thing.”
I didn’t eat chocolate for a few months, because my diet was very strict and very limited at first. Now that I can eat it again I’m really enjoying finding ways to prepare it that are healthy. I had a good discussion with my nutritionist about it the other day, and he verified that all of the great things I’ve been reading about chocolate are true. It’s full of fiber, iron, antioxidants, trace minerals, and flavonols (nutrients that help you fight heart disease, among other things). Yay! Of course, it’s not really a low calorie food, especially when prepared with nuts, so eat it in moderation. Also remember that candy bars aren’t even remotely healthy. The amount of actual cocoa in them in miniscule! They’re full of sugar and other nastiness. I use chocolate bars that are 60-75% cocoa.
Another food that can be healthy when eaten right is bananas…yah, you heard me right! Bananas! This is also good news, I think. Just like candy bars, ripe bananas are full of sugar and should be avoided. Bananas that are still fairly green, with some yellow on them, however, not only taste good, but have resistant starch in them, instead of simple sugars. Have you read any of my bean articles? Beans have resistant starch in them, too, which is partly why they’re so healthy. Resistant starch is not absorbed by your intestines, so it does not make you gain weight, even though it helps you feel full. Score one! It also is a prebiotic, which means that it feeds the healthy bacteria in your gut. Score two! Maintaining healthy gut flora is absolutely vital to your health. Without it you will not be able to absorb energy providing, life giving, disease fighting nutrients from all those healthy foods you’re hopefully eating. Take care of your gut! I’d love to talk more about this, but don’t have time right now.
Before we get to the recipe for the paleo fondue I want to invite you to join with others who are making healthy changes. I’d love to walk alongside you in your journey towards wholeness and health! Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full!” Freedom from food addictions is part of having a truly full life.
Here’s a picture of how the bananas should look:
Here’s the recipe for this yumminess. It makes about a cup and is a really good kid snack that will keep in the fridge for a few days! I think it also works for a Paleo diet.
- About 3 oz 70% Cocoa Bars (amount is approximate…use it to taste)
- 1/2 Cup Raw Pecans
- 1/2 Cup Raw Sunflower Seeds
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Cream (You can go light on this to save a few calories. Add extra if you like the consistency to be a bit loose. I think I’ll add a full cup next time)
- 1 Tsp Vanilla
- 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1 Tsp Raw Honey
- Strawberries and Green Bananas for dipping
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Add the nuts, coconut cream, vanilla, honey, and cinnamon to your food processor or blender, and process until smooth. Scoop the nut mixture into the chocolate and stir it all together. Move to a serving dish and dip away!!!!