Most of us would gladly entertain any new ways to enjoy chocolate. But old tried-and-true standards do just as well, especially if we haven't had them in a while.
As weather begins to cool, there's plenty of time for sipping fragrant, warm cocoa like we did as children, or even enjoying a piece of Halloween candy. But another treat making a cocoa-covered comeback is the chocolately hazelnut spread known as Nutella.
While the brand was recently called out for making questionable claims that it's a worthy contribution to a "healthy" breakfast, chocolate can actually provide you with healthy benefits at any meal. In Nutella's case, the added conventional dairy, sugar, and other questionable ingredients make it a stretch to call it healthy at any time. But replace those ingredients with super good for you superfoods, and, well, it's a game changer.
First things first: Chocolate. In its unadulterated form, the cacao bean is loaded with many healthful properties. It contains vitamins and important minerals like magnesium, and is a rich source of polyphenol antioxidants that can fight off diseases and the signs of aging. Chocolate also contains chemicals, including phenethylamine and theobromine, that are connected with an improved mood. These chemicals can stimulate healthy brain activity, which is especially useful first thing in the morning as you start your day.
Using natural and organic, unrefined ingredients in the rest of this chocolate spread recipe makes also makes it a healthier choice than Nutella. Using pure coconut oil delivers healthy fats that can support healthy brain function and keep you feeling full and satisfied for hours.
Unrefined natural sweeteners break down more slowly than processed white sugar or high fructose corn syrup, so you're not going to get that mid-morning sugar crash, either.
Plus, the recipe is super simple and can be easily scaled up—or down—based on your chocolatey-yummy-nutty spread needs. Enjoy