I feel like I’ve hit the big time.
The amazing people at Nature’s Way Superfoods emailed me a few weeks ago and asked if I would like a package of their products to help me keep creating things in the kitchen. Ummm, does the Pope shit in the woods?! So late last week I received an incredible box of beautiful products and immediately started putting them to good use. The product is today’s chocolate superfood loaf.
Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post. They didn’t ask me to say nice things about their products and I wouldn’t feel comfortable promoting things I don’t genuinely use or like. If they had sent me their products and I didn’t like them I would simply not do a blog post about it and contact them privately with my feedback. Fortunately for everyone I really liked them and I can’t wait to share my creations with you! An Australian-owned company with quality products financing my capers in the Fit Kitchen? Yep, I’ve made it. I’m officially a star. Probably one of those really distant stars that nobody ever sees or cares about until its dead but that’s ok - I’m excited.
One thing that really underpins all my cooking and eating is that I don’t believe in restricting foods, because there’s really nothing out there that’s SO BAD that a small portion will do you significant harm, but I do believe in trying to make everything I eat as nutritious as possible. I don’t think sugar is the devil but I also don’t think I should be eating loads of it every day, so I try to find nutrient-dense replacements. That’s essentially what the Fit Kitchen is about – real food that tastes good and is good for you; no restrictive food rules or fad diets.
This chocolate superfood loaf really sums that up. Am I a qualified Nutritionist? Yes. Do I want to give up chocolate or cake? Hell no! I want to eat it AND have it nourish my body. The perfect answer to this was Nature’s Way Supergreens + Cacao. It’s a mix of 14 different “superfoods” such as wheatgrass, spinach, spirulina, camu camu and chia, and a 2 teaspoon serve has the same antioxidant level as 14 serves of broccoli. I was worried it would require me to put extra sweetener into the cake, especially with the inclusion of my favourite secret ingredient for a super moist cake – zucchini (!), but it worked perfectly and I was so happy with the results. I also used coconut oil, a medium chain triglyceride with lots of health benefits, and topped it with cacao nibs for an extra antioxidant hit. Zucchini is also super low in calories and has a high water content, so it gives a really lovely dense cake but doesn’t leave any trace of vegetable flavour. Plus it’s almost impossible to overcook because it’s so moist.
I’m sure there’s at least a few of you still skeptical that this actually tastes good but I PROMISE – if my husband liked it then you will like it. I even sent a piece in my daughter’s lunch box and she said it was "super delicious". So she’s happy that mum is sending her to school with cake and I’m smugly sitting here knowing she’s getting a huge nutritional hit with each mouthful. Parenting win.
I like to eat mine topped with my chai-spiced cashew coconut butter and fresh raspberries. Nutrition? Check. Flavour? Check? Smug satisfaction? Check.
Chocolate Superfood Loaf
1 cup dried dates
2 tbsp rice syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup coconut oil
1 large zucchini, grated
1 ½ cups wholemeal spelt flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup Nature’s Way Supergreens + Cacao
¼ cup cacao nibs
¼ cup shredded coconut
1) Cover dates in boiling water and set aside for 15 minutes.
2) Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius and line a loaf tin with baking paper.
3) Puree dates into a paste, then mix in eggs, oil, vanilla and zucchini.
4) Combine flour, baking powder, salt and Supergreens + Cacao in a large bowl. Add wet ingredients and stir to combine.
5) Pour mixture into the loaf tin then top with cacao nibs and shredded coconut.
6) Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. (I’ll level with you, I actually forgot about mine and cooked it for about 1 hour 20 and it was still perfectly fine so use your own judgement if you think it’s a little underdone at 60 minutes)
7) Cool in tin, then cut into slices and serve to your family to nourish them without their knowledge.
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