Thursday, August 23, 2012
Chocolate and Avocados.
I have a problem.
Well, technically, I have a lot of problems... har-dee-har... but I won't go there.
I have a problem with chocolate. I want it.
I've been revisiting an old recipe based on this lately, but I don't really measure anymore, so it has changed somewhat.
Now, you probably think I'm crazy to want to eat chocolate with avocados. That such a simple combo of ingredients would be so addicting.
Ok, busted, I am crazy. But this is still yummy, I promise. Pinky swear.
I hadn't had any chocolate since I figured out that the little one had major reflux, and that my diet affected it. A lot. REALLY wish I would have figured that out earlier, but that's a whole 'nother topic.
So I tried some of this when I had some avocados just on the edge of overripe disgustingness, and was reminded of how much I liked chocolate. Ok, maybe love. Or addiction.
I then thought about how amazing it would be paired with chocolate cake, proceeding to make a coconut flour chocolate cake.
"So, SC," you say, "why is this an issue? Go for it, you've deprived yourself enough!" Alas, but I am the one whose body doesn't like chocolate now. At least in the amounts that I had been eating it...
It all started with some muscle weakness. Then foot cramps. Then mouth sores. Then anxiety. And I was like, what the crap??? I know that you can crave chocolate when magnesium deficient, so I figured that was the answer.
Except- why was I magnesium deficient all of a sudden? Sure, I wasn't supplementing it like I used to, but I hadn't for quite awhile. What gives??
I believe the answer lies with phytates, because this all came to a head when I had some noodles I made with tahini. More tahini than normal. Unsoaked sesame seeds in said tahini.
Sesame seeds are uber-high in phytic acid, which can actually bind certain minerals including magnesium, and cause them to not be absorbed.
Chocolate is pretty high on the phytic acid scale, too.
Funny how the very thing people crave that is high in magnesium can also bind magnesium and flush it right out the pooper.
So anyway, I cut out the tahini for awhile, cut back on the chocolate, and supplemented some magnesium. Took a few Epsom salt baths for good measure. Mostly just to assuage my guilt for taking the time to sit in the bathtub and loaf.
I'm still eating some of my chocolate stuff, though. I just can't resist. Try it, you'll see what I mean.
Chocolate Avocado Multi-Use Goodness (aka frosting, pudding, whatever you feel like calling it)
1 3/4 - 2 ripe, average-size avocados
3-4 T. cocoa powder (I use Rodelle and LOVE it)
1/3 - 1/2 c honey, to taste
1 t. vanilla (I also use Rodelle here)
3 T. coconut milk (optional)
Plop all ingredients into food processor or blender-type apparatus. I use the chopper/grinder attachment to my Cuisinart handheld stick blender. Love that thing. (I have also used the mini food processor, basically the same thing). Blend.
Add more sweetener or coconut milk if desired. Blend again until super smooth. Add more coconut milk if you want it lighter and pudding like. Less or none for frosting.
Eat. Enjoy. Try to save some for later. Fail.
It is seriously that easy.
(And why 1 3/4 avocados? I cut some up for little one for lunch, then use the rest plus one to make this. By making this, I'm being efficient and not letting things go to waste. Or so I tell myself...)
Count of times that, while writing this post, I ventured to the kitchen for "just one more bite": 4