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When you hear the word “superfood,” what is the first thing that pops into your head? Chia seeds? Gogi berries? Flax seeds?
Well, this frosting doesn’t have any of those exotic, trendy superfoods in it, but it is chock-full of some simple, good old-fashioned foods that qualify as superfoods in my opinion anyways!
Every ingredient in this chocolate “superfood” frosting recipe is a simple, ordinary ingredient that you probably already have in your pantry, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be superfoods too! Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of the ingredients in this decadent recipe:
Chocolate is famous for it’s antioxidant content and for being a source of magnesium. Even though it’s debatable whether or not chocolate is really a good source of magnesium, chocolate is still a superfood in my opinion because it’s my favorite flavor and eating it makes me happy. End of story! Anything that makes you happy and reduces stress definitely qualifies as a superfood 🙂
Coconut Oil or Butter
Both coconut oil and butter are good old-fashioned fats that are nutrient-dense to support a healthy body. Coconut oil is well-known in the real food community for its antibacterial and antiviral properties and for being one of the best metabolism-boosters there is. Butter from grass-fed cows is a good source of vitamins A, D, K2 as well as congugated-lineoleic acid. Not to mention that it just makes everything taste better too! 🙂
Pure Maple Syrup or Raw Honey
Pure maple syrup (especially the darker Grade B syrup) is full of trace minerals that have been stripped out of the more refined sweetners like the powdered confectioner’s sugar typically used to make frosting sweet.
Raw honey, in addition to containing minerals and beneficial enzymes, also has antibacterial and antiviral properties that make it an excellent choice for a natural healthy sweetener.
Pure Vanilla Extract
The scent of vanilla is incredibly relaxing, and with all of the busy-ness and stress that most of us encounter every day, we can use all the relaxation and stress-reduction we can get!
Salt has a calming, anti-inflammatory effect on the body, and having enough salt is essential for a healthy metabolism.
Chocolate “Superfood” Frosting Recipe:
* As always, quality counts, so ingredients that are organic, grass-fed, pasture-raised, etc. are always best if you can afford them! *
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder (Find good-quality cocoa powder here)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (or softened butter) (Find my favorite kind here)
- 1 Tbs pure maple syrup (or raw honey) (Find pure Grade B maple syrup here)
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract (Find pure organic vanilla here)
- pinch sea salt (Find real salt here)
* Note: Coconut oil starts to melt once the temperature gets above 70 degrees. Depending on how warm your house is, you might have to add a bit more cocoa powder if your coconut oil has melted or you might have to use a bit less if it’s wintertime and your coconut oil is rock solid. If it’s summer time and you’re planning to use this to frost a cake rather than just eating it straight as a dessert, you’ll need to make sure you have enough cocoa powder to keep the frosting stiff enough, or use butter instead of coconut oil.
Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl and enjoy! 🙂
I like to mix and match this recipe depending on what I’m in the mood for and what ingredients I have on hand. I might use coconut oil and raw honey one night and butter and maple syrup on another. All variations are delicious!
This recipe makes about 1/2 cup worth of frosting. I usually just have a spoonful now and then as a dessert, but you could easily double or triple the recipe if you wanted to use it to frost a cake or cupcakes, like my favorite Depression-Era dark chocolate cake.
Because this frosting is so rich, though, just a spoonful or two is enough to be completely satisfying even without the cake. (And I love my cake, so I don’t make that statement lightly! 😉 )
If you’re a dark chocolate lover like me, this decadent frosting is the perfect “superfood” for times when you want an indulgent dessert.
If you love chocolate, here are some other great recipes to try:
Sea Salted Coconut Oil Chocolates by Frisky Lemon
Homemade Coconut Oil Chocolate Sauce by The Rising Spoon
18 Chocolate Coconut Oil Recipes by Good Girl Gone Green
Amazing Coconut Oil Fudge by The Sweet Plantain
Chocolate Superfood Smoothie Recipe by Real Nutritious Living
Homemade Chocolate Syrup by Happy Healthnut