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Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Soy-Free Chocolate Recipe

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This is a gluten-free, dairy-free AND refined sugar-free recipe. All Mila’s Meals recipes are.

Reasons to add this recipe to your nourishment toolbox:

  1. Nutrient-dense, brain food (see details below recipe)
  2. A rich source of magnesium
  3. Kids love it 
  4. Great one to make with the kids!

You can add superfood powders like Moringa, Chlorella and Spirulina to this chocolate and your kids will NEVER know!

If you need a reason to make this recipe – besides deliciousness – then know that Raw Cacao is a rich source of magnesium.

A quick word about magnesium

the antidote to stress

“Think of magnesium as the relaxation mineral.

You must have magnesium for your cells to make energy, for many different chemical pumps to work, to stabilize membranes, and to help muscles relax.

The reason we are so deficient is simple: Many of us eat a diet that contains practically no magnesium — a highly-processed, refined diet that is based mostly on white flour, meat, and dairy (all of which have no magnesium).

Anything that is tight, irritable, crampy, and stiff — whether it is a body part or an even a mood — is a sign of magnesium deficiency.”


Raw Cacao nutrient content

Kids' favourites + nutrient-dense

My recipe creation inspiration comes from making Kid’s Favourites nutrient-dense.

This is due to my daughter, Mila, being gluten-, dairy- and sugar intolerant. I didn’t want her to miss out on the simple joy of delicious foods that her friends were eating. So I set about re-creating the recipes so that she could eat them. I then realised that I could make them not only food-intolerance-friendly, but nutrient-dense too!

That is how Mila went from being the kid that “couldn’t have” to the kid that could eat ice-cream and chocolate brownies for breakfast!

My Good-For-You Dairy-Free Chocolate Recipe

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Dairy-Free Superfood Chocolate Recipe

AvatarCatherine Barnhoorn
The oh-so-easy way to make delicious & nutritious dairy-free chocolate.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Setting Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 30 chocolates


  • 1 glass bowl
  • 1 spatula
  • 1 pot
  • 1 Blender
  • chocolate, sweet molds


  • 200 g raw cacao paste
  • 100 g raw cacao butter
  • 60 ml raw honey
  • 1 vanilla pod scraped
  • 1/8 tsp desert or sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp moringa powder, baobab powder, Green Bang*, or mesquite powder

    Green Bang – a mix of barley grass, wheatgrass, alfalfa leaf, spinach powder, broccoli powder, moringa leaf, spirulina optional


  • Place the cacao paste and cacao butter in a glass bowl suspended over a pot of simmering water.
  • Allow to melt gently while stirring.
  • Pour the mixture into a blender, add the honey, vanilla seeds, salt and superfood of choice and blend on a low speed for 1 minute.
  • Pour the mixture back into the glass bowl.
  • Using a tablespoon, scoop some chocolate from the bowl and pour into the moulds.
  • Place the moulds in the freezer to set the chocolate quickly.
  • Break the chocolates out of the moulds, wrap in foil and store in the fridge.


Keyword adult-friendly, dairy-free, egg-free, festive food, gluten-free, grain-free, kid-friendly, nut-free, refined sugar-free, superfood, vegetarian


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Nutritional Value & Health Benefits of Raw Cacao Brownies

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Highlighting the health benefits and nutrients of the main ingredients used in this recipe.
Information taken from the ingredient glossary of my book 'Mila's Meals: The Beginning & The Basics'.

Raw Cacao is pure chocolate – in its unprocessed, raw state. It comes from the cacao bean, which is the nut of the fruit from the cacao tree.

Cacao paste is the nibs conched at a low temperature to make a paste, which is easy to melt and use in chocolate recipes.

Raw Cacao is a superfood!

It is a rich source of a variety of antioxidants, minerals and mood enhancing brain chemicals including:

  • PEA (phenylethylamine) – otherwise known as the ‘love chemical’ – acts as a catalyst to releasing endorphins and dopamine
  • Anandamide – scientists have called it ‘the bliss molecule’ – promotes feelings of contentment
  • Oxytocin – raw cacao stimulates your neurotransmitters to release the ‘love hormone’, oxytocin.

Raw Cacao is an excellent source of:

  • iron
  • magnesium

It is a good source of:

  • vitamin C
  • fibre
  • calcium
  • protein
  • potassium
  • phosphorus
  • copper
  • zinc
Raw Cacao has been shown to balance blood sugar, reduces stress, build healthy blood, detoxify the liver, release “feel good” hormones, build strong healthy bones, regulate blood pressure, reduce insulin resistance, improve learning & memory.

Raw Cacao is pure chocolate – in its unprocessed, raw state. It comes from the cacao bean, which is the nut of the fruit from the cacao tree. 

Raw cacao butter is the good fat that has been cold-pressed from the raw cacao bean. Cold-pressed means the cacao retains all its nutritional value to provide your body with a nutrient-dense, healthy source of fat.

Cacao butter is a healthy fat and is said to be:

  • HEART HEALTHY – healthy fat that helps lower bad cholesterol
  • HEALTHY CALORIES – all the calories come from fat, not carbs or sugar
  • ANTIOXIDANT – reduces the signs of oxidative stress
  • SKIN CONDITIONING – external moisturiser for softer, smoother skin
  • HEALS THE SKIN – effective topical relief for dry skin conditions
  • MILD SUNSCREEN – minimises the risk of sunburn and skin damage

Source: Soaring Free Superfoods

Honey mainly consists of glucose and fructose but natural whole foods are more than just the sum of their nutrients…

They contain various substances that work synergistically to nourish and positively affect our health.

Raw, organic honey contains magnesium, potassium, calcium, sulphur, sodium, chlorine, phosphate, antioxidants, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and C, digestive enzymes, amino acids and carbohydrates.

Honey also contains a type of complex sugar that acts as a prebiotic to support friendly probiotic bacteria populations in the gut.

Raw, organic honey naturally boosts the immune system due to its antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiallergic and antibacterial properties.

For centuries it has been used in the treatment of burns, eczema, wounds, rashes, gut issues, bronchitis, sore throat, bleeding gums, morning sickness and more. A teaspoon of honey before bed will soothe a sore throat and ease a dry cough (and your little one will love it!).

Source: Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics

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