Can eating chocolate really help you lose weight? We share a few of Dr. Will Clower’s secrets along with several of his sweet recipes in this free fact sheet, “Chocolate-The Secret Ingredient of Weight Loss.” Airdate 03/12/2014.
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EARL GREY HOT CHOCOLATE
Total time: 15 minutes // Makes 2 servings
Today we typically drink chocolate with some form of dairy. However, this is not the way the originators of chocolate and cocoa drinks did it. The ancient Mesoamericans drank their cocoa as a frothy “bitter water.” You can put cocoa in plain water and froth it, but it’s tastier to use flavorful tea, such as Earl Grey.
. 2 cups water
. 2 tablespoons Earl Grey tea leaves
. 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the water to a boil. Add the tea leaves and let them steep for 3 to 5 minutes. In a small bowl, mix the cocoa powder and brown sugar together. Add to the tea.
Whisk everything together until the cocoa is completely incorporated.
CHOCOLATE-COCONUT OAT BARS
Total time: 40 minutes // Makes 12 servings
With a classic macaroon texture, these egg-, dairy-, and gluten-free treats are an adult chocolate indulgence. Kids, of course, will love them, too.
. 2½ cups rolled oats
. 1 cup almond meal
. 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
. 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
. ½ cup bittersweet chocolate chips
. ½ cup coconut oil
. ¼ cup blackstrap molasses
. ½ cup brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 300° F.
In a large bowl, thoroughly blend the oats, almond meal, coconut, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips.
In a saucepan, combine the coconut oil, molasses, and sugar over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture bubbles a bit.
Pour the sugar mixture over the top of the oatmeal mixture and stir until they are completely combined. Press the mixture into an ungreased 8×8-inch baking pan and bake for 20 minutes. Let it cool, and then cut it into squares.
Recipes in this fact sheet are reprinted from Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight by Will Clower, PhD. Copyright ⓒ 2013 by Will Clower, PhD. By permission of Rodale Books. Available wherever books are sold.
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