National Chocolate Week is Here!


By: Vivien Veil

Of all the culinary national days and weeks of the year, this is the finest!  Well, at least for the humble chocoholic.  An enchanting seven days for those chocolate addicts, the week is organised in a bid to celebrate one of the country’s favourite super sweets.

Whether you enjoy curling up in front of a fireplace with your favourite chocolate dessert, or you have a chocolate bar whenever your sweet tooth strikes, the chances are you regularly spoil yourself.

Chocolate is the ultimate comfort food, especially during times of stress or when times are rough.  However, instead of indulging yourself with the common “bad” chocolate snack you find at your local grocery store, why not try healthier chocolate like dark chocolate (70% or more).

Dark chocolate has less sugar and is packed with beneficial minerals, such as potassium, zinc, selenium, iron, and magnesium.  I bet you didn’t know chocolate cravings are a sign of magnesium deficiency.  So, if you’re fantasising about chocolate regularly, your body is most likely telling you to feed it magnesium-rich foods.  “I’m not magnesium deficient, Vivien, I just absolutely LOVE chocolate,” says Bob.  Well, Bob, did you know up to 80% of Americans are not getting enough magnesium and that it’s maybe because they’re deficient?

Anyway, enough about that.  Now it’s time for me to introduce to you a tasty treat that will have you throwing your Snickers bar in the bin.

Try this guilt-free chocolate recipe for one of your chocolate celebration days this week.  Best of all, you won’t eating nasty ingredients and you’ll be satisfying your sweet tooth in one go.

Bon Appétit!


“Piece of Cake”  Chocolate Mousse

This dessert is quick to make and guess what? There’s no baking, and it tastes divine!

Serves 5-6

  • 2 ripe avocados, stones removed
  • 5 ripe bananas (with lots of black spots), peeled
  • 15 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 5 tablespoons of almond butter
  • 6 teaspoons of raw cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Drizzle of maple syrup or honey
  • Any nut of your choice, chopped for garnishing
  1. Place the avocado flesh into your food processor.  Then, add all of the ingredients above to the food processor and blend into a smooth mixture.
  2. Divide the mixture and place in small glasses or ramekins.  Sprinkle some chopped nuts of your choice, and you’re ready to enjoy a healthy delicious treat.  Place in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.
Recipe adapted from Ella Woodward's book "Deliciously Ella" 

2 comments on “National Chocolate Week is Here!

  1. Marla Poole says:

    Welcome back, Vivian Veil.
    Your avid readers have missed your insightful opinions and are looking forward to your tips and counsel.

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