It sounds crazy but it’s true. And it’s the easiest 1 minute whip up ever. This was born just this afternoon, as I thought about a little treat to make for the 200 of us who just finished “30 days clean” at my gym Flow Athletic – a month’s program of moving our bodies in ways we enjoy with a minimum of 3 workouts a week, ditching everything processed which for some people is a first and very big step, then getting rid of all the uppers and downers – coffee, chocolate, sugar except fruit and alcohol.
You learn a lot about yourself. I wrote a little about craving cutting HERE a couple of weeks ago. Me? Dark chocolate and the odd red wine was the stuff I lost out of my life for 30 days so you might think ‘well that’s not really a big change, must have been easy for you!’. That’s the thing. It wasn’t. I was completely addicted to about 4-8 squares of 85% chocolate every day. Turns out, given I’m pretty sensitive to caffeine thus not really drinking coffee much, that those few squares were keeping me going into the night as I worked. Without them, I displayed a tiredness past 11pm that I couldn’t quite comprehend. I was hopeless all of a sudden and couldn’t stay up late. Very, very interesting. So, basically, chocolate is performance enhancing for me and an artificial state of awakeness. From now on, I have vowed with myself to eat less of it, and just switch the lights off earlier. I must. We all must. Bed before midnight – a good couple of hours before being ideal. It is gold for the endocrine system and given I have borderline hyperthyroidism and PCOS, well, if the shoe fits… so does the solution.
So ironically now, I’m sharing a chocolate recipe with you! This is something I do each time we finish 30 days clean Feb / August, to celebrate a little treat with the FLOW community once we finish the challenge as a little congrats – I’m the food inspiration coach during the challenge and am so, so proud of this group for their achievements, taking new info on board, and cooking up a healthy storm, that it’s a nice way to end things until next time.
What you’ll need
60ml melted coconut oil
2-3 tbsp cocoa powder (Dutch processed) or raw cacao – whichever you prefer or have and however intense you like it
2-3 tbsp maple syrup or rice malt syrup if avoiding fructose (if using honey, you can do with just 1 tbsp)
1 handful of scorched nuts (you can use raw or dehydrated of course, but super well toasted nuts make this taste just gorgeous)
1 tbsp bee pollen (optional)
1/4 tsp vanilla powder (optional)
1 pinch sea salt
1/6 tsp dried chilli flakes
What to do
Line a round cake tray or dish with parchment paper
Mix oil, cocoa, syrup, salt and vanilla in little bowl until well combined
Pour onto parchment
Chop nuts roughly and sprinkle over
Sprinkle bee pollen and chilli if using
Refrigerate if you can wait half an hour
Freeze if you must have chocolate in 15 minutes
You’re done. Enjoy! Hashtag #chocolatepizza or me @Alexx_Stuart when you make it. Feel free to change up the toppings. It’s super adaptable.