Dark Chocolate Fondue Recipe: Made with Brain Boosting Ingredients!

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Dark Chocolate Fondue Recipe: Made with Brain Boosting Ingredients!

By now, you’ve probably heard that consuming small amounts of dark chocolate can offer health benefits. Multiple studies have shown that chocolate, in its natural form, may increase blood flow to the brain, reduce blood pressure, improve cardiovascular function, and in some instances, even quell stress responses.

Unfortunately, most of the chocolate lining the shelves of your local supermarket won’t give you the same kind of health benefits. In fact, most commercial chocolate bars are heavily processed, loaded with artificial chemicals, and filled with unhealthy ingredients like refined sugar, dairy, milk solids, butterfat, and synthetic flavors. So, while unprocessed chocolate, or raw cacao/cocoa, is inherently nutritious, most commercialized varieties are not.

 

Dark Chocolate vs. Milk Chocolate

Since many of the health benefits associated with chocolate come from flavanols, the main type of flavonoid found in cocoa, the more chocolate is processed (through things like fermentation, alkalizing, roasting, etc.), the more it loses the qualities that make it healthy in the first place.

Considering that dark chocolate is typically less processed and contains a minimum of 35 percent cocoa, it keeps more of its health benefits than milk chocolate, which normally contains less than 10 percent cocoa.

 

The Healthiest Type of Chocolate

When it comes to which type of chocolate is the healthiest, dark chocolate reigns supreme. Dark chocolate varieties contain higher amounts of cocoa – usually 60 to 80 percent.

 

Benefits of Dark Chocolate:

  • Loaded with flavonoids and other polyphenols
  • May help improve blood flow to the heart and brain
  • Supports vascular function
  • High in fiber
  • Substantial source of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, E, and K
  • Filled with a variety of antioxidants
  • Rich in essential minerals including magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, and phosphorus
  • Beneficial for circulation in the body
  • A good source of N-acylethanolamines, which can stimulate the brain’s built-in cannabinoid receptors to help neutralize negative thoughts and feelings

How to Shop for Healthy Dark Chocolate

Looking for a healthy dark chocolate bar? Doctors and nutritionists recommend choosing varieties that contain more than 60 percent cocoa, have a low natural sugar content and short ingredient list with no dairy, refined sugars, unhealthy fats or synthetic flavors.

At BrainMD, we recommend Dr. Amen’s Brain in Love Chocolate Bars. Packed with heart-healthy, brain-boosting ingredients and 9 grams of fiber, this ethically sourced, sugar-free treat is great for the entire family.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, try Brain in Love Chocolate Fondue. It’s the guilt-free way to satisfy your chocolate cravings and sweeten your Valentine’s Day celebrations.

Fondue Without the Fuss

Typical chocolate fondue recipes are packed with sugary chocolate, whole milk, and unsalted butter. Here’s a simple recipe that’s completely vegan, keto-friendly, refined sugar-free, and requires just three ingredients – unsweetened almond milk, pure vanilla extract, and heart-healthy dark chocolate.

Brain in Love Chocolate Fondue Recipe

Dark Chocolate Fondue Recipe with Brain Boosting Benefits

Serves 3-5 people

Ingredients:

5 bars of Brain in Love chocolate, chopped

1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Recipe Instructions:

  1. Using a cutting board and sharp knife, carefully chop 5 bars of Brain in Love chocolate into small pieces.
  2. Combine the chopped chocolate pieces, unsweetened almond milk, and vanilla extract in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Set the pan over low heat and gently stir until melted. Mix regularly to prevent burning.
  3. When the chocolate is completely melted and glossy, taste test for texture. If you’d like your fondue thinner, add a few tablespoons of non-dairy milk until you’ve reached your desired consistency.
  4. Once desired consistency is reached, transfer into a dry serving bowl or fondue fountain.
  5. Serve chocolate fondue warm with your favorite dippers. We suggest fresh fruit (berries, pineapple, banana slices, apple slices, etc.), or raw unsalted nuts for an added crunch.

Recipe Notes:

Chocolate and water don’t mix! If your melting dish or serving bowl has water on it, it can cause your chocolate to seize and turn grainy. Make sure everything is clean and dry before starting.

Looking for more brain-boosting chocolate recipes? Try these delicious No-Bake Mocha Chocolate Protein Bars or a Chocolate Berry Protein Shake.

At BrainMD, we’re dedicated to providing the highest purity nutrients to support your brain health and overall well-being. For more information about our full list of supplements, please visit us at BrainMD.

 

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Jessica Sweeney

Jessica Sweeney is a self-proclaimed literista, wellness aficionado, brain-health enthusiast, and certified yoga instructor living her best life in southern California. She has a B.S. in Marketing from Bentley University and has previously written for mindbodygreen, The Fullest Magazine, and Peaceful Dumpling. In her role at BrainMD, she’s covered everything from how to discover your brain type, to what’s trending in wellness, to prenatal health.
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Wahoo… the chocolate looks sweet and healthy, I will shop one for my family.

Delia Pagnani
Delia Pagnani

Wow!!! Now that I know chocolate is good for me, I can eat it without the guilt. Looking forward to trying the fondue recipe for Valentine’s day.

Delia Pagnani
Delia Pagnani

OMG! Sounds delicious… can’t wait to make the fondue for valentine’s day. Never knew chocolate was so good for you.
Now I can have my chocolate fix without guilt.

Erika
Erika

I will definitely be making this, everything is better covered in ‘healthy’ chocolate 🙂