Friday, April 9, 2010

Chocolate: An Edible Language of Love

To those of us who live to eat, food is love, and nothing says love quite like chocolate. Aside from its extraordinary flavor, chocolate possesses a variety of health benefits. Packed with antioxidants, chocolate stimulates the secretion of endorphins, for that pleasureable "runner's high" feeling, and also contains the neurotransmitter serotonin, which acts as an antidepressant. For more health benefits see the following links:

Unfortunately, most things chocolate are mostly fattening. But here's a recipe that's lowfat, decadently delicious, and chocolate! Enjoy this treat with the ones you love, or just with a cup of coffe and your favorite romance novel.


2 whole eggs plus 2 egg whites
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 T canola oil
3/4 cup applesauce
2 cups grated raw zucchini (unpeeled)
3 t vanilla
2 cups flour
1 cup cocoa
1 t salt
1 t baking soda
1/4 t baking powder

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, beat eggs until light and foamy. Add sugars, oil, apple sauce, zucchini and vanilla. Mix lightly but well. In a seperate bowl combine flour, cocoa, salt, soda, and baking powder. Add to zucchini/egg mixture. Stir until well blended.

Spray muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray. Fill 2/3 full with batter. Bake 30 minutes. Yeild: 2 and 1/2 dozen.

Recipe by Maria McKenzie

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