Chocolate Pots

Whether you’re single or taken, Valentine’s Day is ALL about chocolate!!!

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Just in time for Valentine’s, I have my 140kcal chocolate pots so you can enjoy the night without going overboard on the calories. These chocolate pots are wonderfully rich, smooth and satisfying.

This recipe makes 7/8 pots but the nutritional info is calculated for 8.

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Ingredients:

Serves 8 

50g boiled and mashed sweet potato

1 large banana (or 2 small)

1 whole egg

3 egg whites

130g 70-80% dark chocolate

35g honey

1 tsp vanilla essence or almond essence

Method:

choc pots sweet potato     Pre heat the oven to 180°C.

Chop up the sweet potato into small cubes (the smaller the cubes, the faster it will boil) and place into boiling water.   Simmer for 15minutes until the sweet potato is soft when you poke it with a fork. Drain the water and mash sweet potato with fork.

In a bowl, mash up the banana and add the mashed sweet potato, 1 tsp of vanilla essence or almond essence, the whole egg and honey. Combine together and set aside.choc pots mix

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Break up the chocolate into cubes and place in a glass bowl over boiling water. Keep an eye on the chocolate so that it doesn’t burn. Stir every now again. Once most of the lumps are gone, take the pan off the heat and keep stirring until all lumps are gone.

Add the mixture of banana, sweet potato, honey, egg to the bowl of melted chocolate and stir until fully combined. To make your mixture smoother, you can give it a blitz in a blenderchoc pots all together choc pots bulletLeave your chocolate mixture to sit. choc pots egg whites

Separate egg whites and whisk until they become slightly stiff.

The final step is to fold the egg whites into your chocolate mixture.

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Add your mixture to oven safe ceramic pots (I got mine in Tiger, Rathmines, Dublin) and bake in the oven for 8 minutes.

I served mine with some pomegranate seeds and some desiccated coconut.

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Nutritional Composition (per pot):

144kcal; 8g Fat; 14g Carbohydrate; 4g Protein 

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Chocolate Overnight Oats

CHOCOLATE for breakfast!!!

This is a recipe that I make every week. I can’t ever see myself getting bored of it as there are endless variations that you can experiment with. If you have never heard of overnight oats, the recipe is basically a thicker, fluffier and more satisfying version of porridge. The base for this recipe is oats and milk but they are soaked overnight in the fridge. Because you prepare this the night before, it is the absolute perfect recipe if you’re running out the door in the morning and need something healthy and satisfying to grab on the go. A serving of this always keeps me going until lunchtime!

The very basic recipe is, as I said above, your average porridge oats (40g) soaked in your favourite milk (150-200ml) overnight. However, I’m not going to start with the basic recipe. I’m going to start with Chocolate Overnight Oats because it’s January, it’s cold, dark and miserable and this is exactly what I need to get me out of bed in the morning!

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Ingredients:

This recipe serves 2

150ml milk (I used Avonmore Slimline Milk but you can use soya, almond or whatever else is in your cupboard)

80g porridge oats

22g of cocoa powder (unsweetened cocoa powder is best but I used Options Belgian hot chocolate powder)

1 medium banana

2 tbsp of chia seeds (If you don’t have these in your press you can just leave them out of the recipe)

Method:

  • Add all of your dry ingredients into a bowl or jar (this will go into the fridge overnight so it’s better to be able to cover it with a lid or cling film)

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  • Mash up your banana and add to dry ingredients along with the milk

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  • Give your oats a good mix and then pop into the fridge overnight, or for at least 4 hours. Remember that this recipe serves 2 so if you want you can split it before it goes into the fridge or split it in the next day, whatever suits!
  • Serve in the morning, hot or cold!

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Nutritional information per serving:

300kcal, 11g protein, 6g fat, 51g carbohydrate, 10g fibre,