Traditionally, Easter holidays are filled with chocolate, sugary sweets, and sugar headaches.
Australians spend an estimated $3 billion dollars each year on chocolate (according to a study done back in 2013, and could have increased substantially since).
That’s a lot of chocolate! It’s also a lot of food to eat which has zero nutritional value. In fact, one standard sized easter egg can contain up to 60 grams of sugar.
Without trying to kill your Easter buzz (chocolate is life, let’s be honest), we’ve listed our 4 favourite chocolates that are also healthy alternatives to your typical easter eggs, and that you won’t feel bad about bingeing on.
These chocolate are made with raw cacao, which is the unprocessed version of the cacao bean. Unlike normal chocolate, which has been heavily processed and heat treated, all of the healthy benefits, such as the antioxidants and flavonoids in cacao are still intact.
1. Chow Cacao
Chow Cacao is made locally in Byron Bay and in small batches of delicious flavours. These creations are completely organic and sweetened with coconut sugar. We've stocked this delicious chocolate on our online store for two years now, after falling in love with Chow Cacao at first taste.
2. Loving Earth
Not only do Loving Earth have a delicious array of chocolate flavours (Coffee Ka-Pow and Salted Caramel Swayze, mmm...), they’re also an ethical company with a great respect for the environment.
3. Pana Chocolate
Pana Chocolate are the masters of decadence, and they also have an amazing array of flavours and they mix superfoods with fruity flavours and daring combinations - Hemp & Nib, anyone?
4. Raw Cacao Powder
Bare Blends’ Organic Raw Cacao Powder is a decadent single-origin cacao powder that is ridiculously rich in flavour and fragrance, and with many health benefits. We add it to our smoothies, raw treats, and desserts. You can even make your own raw chocolate with this decadent powder! See below for two of our favourite chocolate recipes made with raw cacao.
So go on, substitute this year's chocolate with a vegan, sugar-free chocolate bar and feel healthy this Easter!
Choccy recipes to make at home
Raw Cacao Peanut BUtter Slice
This no-bake slice is perfect for the chocolate and peanut butter lovers out there! How could you not love a chocolatey base covered in a smooth and creamy peanut butter topping?