My husband is what we like to call a “sweets boy”. He’ll finish his dinner then say “what’s for dessert?” I like an occasional dessert as much as anyone else, however; during the week I like to stick with healthier options such as dried figs or grapefruit, and try to guide him to do the same. It’s not typically his idea of dessert, but he’s usually a pretty good sport and most nights will go along with one of those options. His idea of dessert is something more decadent, usually involving chocolate.
I decided to create a treat he could enjoy while still having some health benefits; I’d start with chocolate and include a variety of superfoods, a win-win! I wanted it to be candy-like, chocolatey, crunchy with a salty finish.
He loves coffee, so I thought it might be nice to make mocha the star of the show. The powerful flavor would also help conceal any taste of the superfoods I was planning to include.
It would be chock full of ingredients that would serve a dual purpose, both to enhance the treat’s flavor or texture and provide a beneficial health property.
I chose almond butter for its mild flavor and to give it creaminess. Almond butter also contains Vitamin E an antioxidant which is said to help lower cholesterol, magnesium which is said to boost heart health and potassium which is said to also assist in heart health and blood pressure.
I chose cacao in multiple forms; cacao butter, unsweetened cacao powder and raw cacao nibs. Cacao contains high concentrations of vitamins and minerals which are said to help stimulate the brain as well as antioxidants which are said to protect against LDL oxidation.
I chose to sweeten them with raw honey. In addition to it being a great unprocessed sweetener, raw honey is also said to be anti-viral, anti-fungal, aid in digestion, full of minerals, and that’s just a few of its benefits!
I also wanted to get some maca and collagen protein to further boost the nutritional value. Gelatinized Maca Powder is said to boost energy and reduce stress. Collagen protein is said to support the elasticity of skin as well as support joints, crucial as we age.
I came up with these cute little bite-sized treats which, as desserts go, not only are sweet and decadent, but are a nutritional powerhouse!
*Please note the above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and these treats are not intended to serve as a treatment, cure or to prevent any disease.
Mocha Superfood Collagen Cups
These cute little bite-sized cups are not only sweet and decadent, but as desserts go are filled with healthier ingredients, making them a real win-win!
1/3 cup cacao butter (I used Navitas Organics)
1 tsp espresso powder
1/2 cup natural almond butter (sugar added)
1 Tbs raw honey
1/4 cup unsweetened pure cacao powder
2 Tbs Organic Gelatinized Maca Powder (I used Whole Foods brand)
1 Tbs Collagen protein powder (I used Ancient Nutrition brand)
1/4 cup raw cacao nibs (I used Natierra Superfood brand)
Coarse Pink Himalayan salt
Line mini muffin tins with paper liners.
Place cacao butter in a small saucepan and melt over low heat, stirring occasionally. Add espresso powder and stir until dissolved. Add almond butter and raw honey; stir until melted and mixed in. Add maca powder and cacao powder and still until creamy. Stir in cacao nibs.
Carefully spoon mixture into prepared paper lined muffin tins. Sprinkle with coarse pink Himalayan salt. Place in refrigerator until completely firm, about an hour. Store in refrigerator.
Makes 12-14 mini cups.
Notes: this recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, grain-free, paleo.