Superfood Dark Mint Chocolates

Superfood Dark Mint Chocolates

What if I told you that you could eat this fudgy chocolate and that it was loaded with superfoods?

A chocolate that is loaded with superfoods and tastes decadent?

Well, here it is. I’m not exaggerating…these are delicious. They are special too…containing the best ingredients. I like to use natural nut butters over oils, because they are a whole food and lend a natural creamy texture and more depth of flavor. These rich, dark mint chocolates contain cashew butter to give them a creamy, fudgy texture. But check out what they also contain:

  • sprouted whole grain brown rice
  • lucuma fruit powder
  • barley grass
  • wheat grass
  • spirulina
  • spinach powder
  • alfafa leaf powder
  • kelp powder
  • dulse powder
  • dandelion leaf powder
  • orange peel powder
  • beetroot powder
  • lemon peel powder
  • gingko leaf powder
  • baobab fruit powder

Now, have you ever had chocolate like that?! All raw, vegan, organic, gluten-free, non-gmo, kosher!

As I mentioned in this previous giveaway post, I am in love with Sprout Living’s Epic Protein “Vanilla Lucuma” flavor. It is the only brand I use now. I’ve tried many raw vegan brands, but the quality is unmatched, as well as their ingredients and flavor. Brown rice protein powders can be very gritty and often contain sweeteners like stevia and/or gums or other ingredients I am not a fan of. Once I discovered Epic Protein used none of those and only superfoods, I was sold….literally. Their texture happens to be the smoothest too.

I know what you are probably thinking….how in the world can they taste good with all of that? Well, you don’t taste any of it! My hubby couldn’t taste any of it and he is the worst critic of all and said “these are very good” and my daughter who is 27 months kept asking for “more”! I added enough to get some nutrients in the chocolate, but not so much as to make it taste healthy. It just tastes like rich, dark mint chocolate!

If you find it hard to get in enough healthy vitamins and superfood nutrients in your daily diet, then I’d highly suggest you start adding this amazing protein powder to your diet. It does not contain one single garbage ingredient. That’s why I believe so much in this company.

Dark chocolate is my favorite…it has a deep, rich and gourmet flavor that is lightened up with the mint. They are downright delicious. I’m not a milk chocolate type of person (think candy bars)…I find them way too sweet. If you don’t like dark chocolate, you still might want to try these because the mint balances them out. Or you could maybe use a tiny bit less of cacao powder.

Sprout Living is very generous and offering their new flavor “Green Kingdom” to a lucky winner this time. I have been adding both it and the “Vanilla Lucuma” to my smoothies every single day. The Green Kingdom of course is loaded with tons of superfoods, so it has an earthy taste. It doesn’t have a floral flavor like the vanilla, but it is not detectable at all in smoothies or these chocolates, it blends in beautifully and you are getting a powerhouse of nutrients! I am hooked on both now.

A lot of people don’t eat enough fruits or veggies…you know who you are. This is a great way to get an amazing dose of superfoods into your diet. I feel fantastic everyday after drinking my smoothies.

Now, with this recipe, you can get amazing nutrients while eating chocolate?! Come on, you know you love me now. :)

Superfood Dark Mint Chocolates

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 15 mini chocolates

Superfood Dark Mint Chocolates

Rich, dark mint chocolates that are so delicious, it will be hard to believe they are full of a powerhouse of superfoods! Chocolate never looked or tasted better.

Ingredients

  • 96 grams (scant 3/4 cup finely chopped) raw cocoa butter, melted (should = 1/2 cup melted)
  • 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup (or agave for raw), room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons cashew butter (or sunbutter for a nut-free version)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon mint extract
  • 2 tablespoons Green Kingdom Epic Protein Powder(20 grams)
  • 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon raw cacao powder (30 grams)
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • Note: If you want to make these immediately and you don't have the protein powder, then it will still technically work. It won't be superfood chocolate of course, but the recipe will still work. Also, I've had success making these with both cashew butter and tahini. The key is you need to make sure and use a smooth, creamy butter.

Instructions

Finely chop the cocoa butter and add to a bowl and gently melt your preferred method. It's best to use a scale for accurate measurements with cocoa butter. However, if you don't have a scale, make sure to measure 8 tablespoons when melted.

Add the syrup, cashew butter and extracts to the melted cocoa butter and stir well. (Be careful when measuring the mint extract, as it is very powerful) Add in the protein powder, cocoa powder and salt and whisk until well mixed. Make sure it's very smooth and no lumps are remaining.

Pour into mini paper cups or regular ones, depending on your preference. Place in the fridge to set for about 30 minutes. They are the perfect texture to eat right out of the fridge, like a tender candy bar. However, you can also store them at room temperature and they are a firm fudge texture. Delicious both ways!

Notes

*Raw, vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, nut-free option

*Nutrition per mini chocolate: 45.1 calories, 8.6 g fat, 1.24 g protein, 6.64 carbs

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60 Comments

  1. I would start adding it to my smoothies! I don’t have any protein powder yet.

    • I would love to make these!

  2. Seriously? You cannot post this delicious looking recipe with promises of all these amazing health benefits and not somehow deliver one of those chocolates into each of your reader’s faces! These look SO GOOD. The first thing I’d make with this protein powder…a green smoothie, probably. But once I get my hands on some cocoa butter, you won’t be able to stop me from making these!!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Hahaha Erika!! :) Yes, it’s awesome in smoothies too because it doesn’t leave a weird taste…just awesome nutrition!

  3. Yum!! I LOVE all things CHOCOLATE and well when you add superfoods,, PoW. I haven’t tried this powder before,,, fingers crossed xx

  4. Duh! I’d be making these beautiful chocolates!

  5. Those chocolates look delicious. I would love to try that protein powder. Going to try to find it, hopefully whole foods has it.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      It’s only sold online Suzanne at http://SproutLiving.com Hopefully it will be in stores soon because it’s popularity has grown so much!

  6. Ice cream with almond milk! (I recently made ice cream with vanilla protein powder and crumbled homemade almond butter bars into it. It was very good, and now I’m on a mission. For chocolate, I’d add bananas and use cashew butter – that makes wonderful ice cream.) This recipe on your post looks amazing!!! That would be the next thing I want to make – for sure!!!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Oh gosh Rosie, that sounds AMAZING!!!

  7. Brandi, these look so rich and chocolate-y, its hard to believe they are such a superfood!! I’ve honestly never been a fan of protein powder because of all the other stuff in it, but now excited to find this and try it out!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Oh, I hear you Linda! Me neither…I have hated pretty much all of them….that’s why I praise Epic Protein so much, because they have made me believe again that an awesome protein powder DOES exist, lol! :)

  8. I would love to make some gluten free muffins and add the protein powder for extra protein! Yummy!

  9. A morning smoothie.

  10. OMG you’ve completely outdone yourself, this is amazing!

  11. Those lovely dark mint chocolates! Yum!

  12. Definitely the chocolates!

  13. I would use it in smoothies first, I think. :)

  14. A smoothie

  15. Yum! That looks incredible. I’d probably remake my last chocolate protein brownie recipe.. it was so good, I don’t need to experiment any further ;)

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Mmmmmmm brownies!! I’m working on a raw brownie recipe too, as we speak ;)

  16. they look amazing

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you!

  17. I would love to try this protein powder in these chocolates. They look and sound amazing!

  18. Wow, wish I hadn’t seen this right before I’m trying to nod off to sleep……..yum and then some. Gorgeous!

  19. I would definately make these lovely chocolate cups! And adding to my post workout shakes.

  20. my naturopathic doctor says i’m not getting enough protein, it would be nice to try. i love the recipes here, especially the chocolate ones. xD

  21. These look yummy and with protein too! Thanks for sharing.

  22. I would add it to baked goods!

  23. I would put it in cookies and brownies!

  24. I would make a sweet treat of some sort off of your blog!

  25. These chocolates! That’s what I’d make with this protein powder!

  26. I would love to make these chocolates!!

  27. I would make Superfood Dark Mint Chocolates!

  28. Those look absolutely heavenly and so beautiful too! YUM! That protein powder looks phenomenal. If I won it, I would immediately try it in all my favorite recipes and try out this amazing recipe too. ;-)

  29. I love to try new protein powders especially ones that contain the best ingredients. I would probably use a little in a vegan dessert and smoothies as well.

  30. I would make raw “cake batter” protein balls!

  31. Definitely the chocolates! They look amazing!

  32. I’m not as imaginative as you…I’d just make a smoothie

  33. Hal

    Oh gee I would make smoothies, pies, cookies, cakes, chocolate and so much more! I would love this!

  34. I would make cupcakes!

  35. I would definitely make these chocolates!

  36. I want to try making granola!

  37. I would make a smoothie with this

  38. I would definitely make a smoothie! or brownies.. :/

  39. I just discovered epic protein, and am LOVING the chocolate maca! I have a shake every morning, just the protein powder, almond milk, and an extra tbsp. of raw cacao powder. YUM. Sometimes, I add it to my coffee in the morning, for a great tasting pick me up. It blends really well!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Isn’t it the best ever Jane?!! I have the Vanilla Lucuma, the Chocolate maca and also the green kingdom. The vanilla is my favorite, but I love them all! I can’t wait to try more of them! SO glad to hear another happy customer :)

  40. This looks so good.

  41. I want to try it in my blueberry banana coconut milk breakfast smoothies!

  42. I love chocolate- so the Dark mint chocolates will be the first thing. :-)

  43. I think in would be awesome in my Peanut Butter Chocolate Cherry Smoothies!! :)

  44. Your treats always look amazing! I’m sure I’d make a smoothie first but I can image mixing this into all kinds of treats from muffins, brownies, cookies and bars.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thanks so much Holly!!

  45. Meg

    probably vegan protein balls!

  46. definitely vegan frozen protein yogurt! YUM!

  47. narrowly missed entering the contest:) these chocolates will make a healthy, delicious valentine treat! I am not getting your emails although i have subscribed and your posts dont appear in my wordpress reader:(

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      That stinks that is happening! :( Have you confirmed the email subscription after subscribing? Maybe it went to your spam? I know some self hosted blogs I’ve subscribed to go to my junk folder even though I mark it as ” not spam”. That’s the only thing I can think that is causing it. :(
      Oh, and yes, these would great in heart shape molds!

  48. This is so amazing!
    I’m still looking for superfoods and these kind of powders in my neighborhood, but they aren’t selling it anywhere.

  49. I HATE chocolate but… I LOVE MINT CHOCOLATE!! So I would love to roll around with these chocolates!! I won’t say naked, because that would just be weird? lol – I really really want to try this EPIC PROTEIN! I must must must find samples!

  50. I’m totally one of those people who don’t get enough veggies & fruit in her diet. I should see if I can buy Sprout Living in Canada. As for these cookies — Brandi, ohmahgawd, my mouth fell open when I saw your photos and I immediately started drooling. I may love chocolate just a biiiiiiiit too much, lol.

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