Healthier option Homemade Chocolate Sauce for topping ice cream
Ingredients: 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tbsp cocoa powder, 1/8 tsp salt 1 1/2 tbsp butter, 1/4 cup water, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract.
Method: Combine the sugar, cocoa and salt together in a small saucepan and add enough of the water to make a smooth paste, add in the butter and bring gently to the boil over a medium high heat while stirring constantly, allow to boil for around a minute then remove from heat and add the vanilla.
To make a little healthier version I substituted half the quantity of sugar with coconut palm sugar, livestrong.com quotes its benefits
‘ Coconut sugar isn’t a nutritional superfood, but it does offer more vitamins and minerals than white table sugar. It contains trace amounts of vitamin C, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron and copper. Coconut sugar also provides small amounts of phytonutrients, such as polyphenols, flavonoids and anthocyanidin, and antioxidants. You’ll also find the B vitamin inositol, often used as a mood booster, in coconut sugar.
I also used a good raw organic cacao powder, among the multiple benefits of cacao, secrets-of-longevity-in-humans.com states
‘Cacao is the highest whole food source of magnesium, which also happens to be the most deficient mineral in the diet of modern cultures. Magnesium relaxes muscles, improves peristalsis in the bowels and relaxes the heart and cardiovascular system. The dark chocolate antioxidants have been clinically proven to literally dissolve plaque built up in the arteries which helps in reversing heart disease and causes naturally lower blood pressure. Also, various other vitamins and minerals in raw cacao benefits the cardiovascular system.
I like to use local butter from grass fed cows but if I cannot get to our local farm I use Yeo Valley.
Dailyhealthpost.com informs of grass fed versus non grass fed benefits.
‘Studies comparing butter from grass-fed cows to butter from non-grass fed cows have consistently shown that the former is much higher in valuable nutrients like omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin K2. It also contains up to five times more of the fatty acid known as conjugated linoleic acid which has significant health benefits’.
Alas the sauce which we served with good vanilla ice cream and chopped nuts and banana and or chocolate/rainbow sprinkles options, went down so well I forgot to get a pic for the blog!