What is choga?
Choga is a wonderfully invigorating yoga session followed by a cooking adventure to create a delicious guilt free chocolate dessert.
Our chocolate dessert was both dairy and wheat free and best of all didn’t require any lengthy preparation or cooking. The main ingredients being, nuts, avocado, coconut and raw cocoa powder it rates high on the ‘healthy scale’ and is perfect for a secret treat or to serve to guests.
Did you know?
Coconut contains medium chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) which are easily digested. These fatty acids are sent directly to the liver where they are immediately converted into energy rather than being stored as fat, helping to stimulate the body’s metabolism
Avocado often receives bad press as a vegetable too high in fat and it is true that 85% of its calories come from fat. However over half of these fats are in the form of oleic acid. Oleic acid can optimise the absorption of fat soluble carotenoids, both those contained within the avocado and in other vegetables.
Raw chocolate powder is made from beans that have not been roasted. High heat during the roasting process can reduce the level of beneficial nutrients. Chocolate contains many important vitamins and minerals including magnesium, calcium, zinc, chromium, B vitamins, Vitamin E and polyphenols. The antioxidant power of these nutrients can help support cardiovascular health and promote a long healthy life.
- 125 g cashew nuts
- 200 g dates
- 50 g coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp ginger
- 40 g desiccated coconut
- 30 g cocoa powder
- 200 g avocado
- 3 tblsp orange juice
- zest of 1 orange
- 75 g agave syrup
- 1/2 tsp crushed cardamon
- pinch salt
- 12 servings
- 220 calories per serving
- Protein 3.4 g
- Carb 21.0 g
- of which sugars 17.8 g
- Fat 13.6g
- of which saturates 6.8 g
- Fibre 3.3 g
- Put cashew nuts, dates, coconut oil, vanilla extract and ginger in food processor
- Blend until mixture will stick together
- Press mix into base of container
- Zest orange and crush cardamon
- Mix all topping ingredients in food processor until smooth
- Spoon over base and refrigerate to set
- Be adventurous with spices and herbs.
- Cinnamon, nutmeg and ground star anise instead of ginger in the base
- Lemon zest and chopped thyme instead of ginger in the base
- Lime juice and ground black pepper instead of orange juice and cardamon in the topping
- For those who love it hot a bit on chilli powder in the topping!