Need an excuse to make this recipe? I’ll give you one:
“Enhances mood: The regular consumption of pure cocoa uplifts mood and also keeps an individual more active. It improves ones life by giving energy to their muscles and by improving glucose metabolism. The mood elevating effect of cocoa is due to the presence of phenylethylamine.
Depression and Stress relief: Cocoa is a powerful anti depressant and hence gives relief from stress and depression. Cocoa has no significant side effects. Many medications are used for treating depression but they have side effects. So now you would have understood which one is better. The Polyphenolic extract obtained from non-roasted cocoa contains plenty of flavonoids that makes cocoa, a great anti-depressant.
Reduces disease risk: Those who consume cocoa regularly have less than 10% chances of having strokes, heart failure, cancer and diabetes. Diabetic patients can take sugar free dark chocolate so that they can prevent any adverse effect on insulin levels.
Improves blood flow: Cocoa consumption is highly recommended by many physicians because it has high levels of epicatechin which improves blood flow.
Lowers high blood pressure: Have you ever wondered why the people who live near San Blas Island off the coast of Panama have never complained about high blood pressure or other cardiovascular diseases? Well, this is because of the amazing health benefits of cocoa (their daily cocoa consumption is around 3 – 4 cups). The flavonoids in cocoa brings down the systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Fights Aging and Skin Problems: Who wants to get old? Definitely, nobody; thus you should immediately start taking cocoa since it helps fight aging with its high-flavanol content. In the recent times cocoa has become so popular in skin and beauty industry due its effective benefits. Cocoa contains flavanols that helps vascular tissues to relax which improves blood vessel function and also give a glow to the skin. Cocoa is effective in treating skin damages, dark spots, acne and other skin problems. It even has anti-cancer properties that can help to prevent skin cancer.
Improves digestion – Prevents Constipation: Cocoa is quite helpful in improving digestion and relieving constipation. The rich amount of magnesium present in cocoa keeps the bowel movements normal and also promotes digestion. You can take magnesium supplements but why to go for that when tasty dark chocolates are available.
Other Benefits: Cocoa is very helpful for feeding mothers since it helps increase breast milk. It helps to regulate the inflammatory / immune responses in blood vessel walls.
There is no end to the health benefits associated with cocoa, so start using it today to live a healthy and happy life!”
5 tbsp melted butter (or buttery spread or banana (only some people like it with banana) or yogurt or sour cream or oil or nut butter or pumpkin or applesauce – I used 4 1/2 tbsp of peanut butter and 1 1/2 tbsp of lowfat yogurt)
1 1/4 cup sugar (any type)
1 cup all-purpose flour (you can use whole wheat or 1/2 cup whole wheat and a 1/2 cup all-purpose – I used 1/8 cup of whole wheat flour and 3/4 cup + 1/8 cup of all-purpose flour)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 eggs (or three egg whites or 1/2 cup of thoroughly blended silken tofu)
2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350° F. Mix together sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Sift in flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder and mix until well-combined. Use a spoon (I prefer an ice cream scoop) to put rounded tablespoon sized balls of dough on a greased baking pan, about two inches apart. Bake 8-10 minutes. After baking, let sit on pan for 2 minutes.
*I also make these as brownies sometimes. I bake them at the same temperature, in a greased 11″ x 7″ baking pan for 15-20 minutes. But, make sure that you add a tablespoon of water to the batter if you’re making them as brownies!