Whether you eat yours dark or milk, it is undeniable that chocolate has the kind of comforting properties that few other foods match.
Aside from the obvious sugar hit, there is another reason why chocolate may help you feel better: the mineral magnesium.
Magnesium is nature's "chill out" mineral and it is especially abundant in cocoa.
Magnesium is truly useful with research studies highlighting its benefits in relation to heart health, anxiety, insomnia and pain management. It is even one of the main areas of interest in migraine research at present.
Try this chocolate mousse for a delicious way to get your daily dose of magnesium. It uses avocados for the base but don't let this put you off. The cocoa hides the taste of avocado, leaving you with a comforting and guilt-free dessert.
Ingredients for 2:
2 ripe avocados
2 tablespoons of agave
3 tablespoons of high-quality cocoa powder (I used Green & Blacks)
a pinch of sea salt
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
a splash of oat milk
a handful of hazelnuts (optional)
Put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Add a splash of oat milk for a more milk chocolate like flavour or to make it easier to blend.
Roast the hazelnuts at 180 degrees C for 10 minutes. Sprinkle on top of the mousse. This will add crunch.