World Chocolate Day – a five minute recipe

In Recipes by Elena Langtry

It is #WorldChocolateDay today and why not spend it being your own Willy Wonka and make these delicious nibbles. Cacao butter and powder can usually be found in health food shops. Cacao is rich in magnesium, and Brazil nuts are a good source of selenium. These chocolates help reduce my sugar cravings, and are filling, so there’s less danger of eating the lot. Keep them in the fridge, as they melt more quickly than the ones you buy in a shop. Enjoy.

Find this recipe in my book, The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food.

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  • 90g cacao butter
  • 50-60g raw cacao powder, depending on how strong you like it
  • 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon liquid coconut oil
  • 5 Brazil nuts, chopped into ½cm pieces
  • Other requirements: 10 cupcake cases (paper or silicon) or moulds


1. In a pan, melt the cacao butter on a very low heat.

2. Stir in the cacao powder, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and the coconut oil.

3. Remove the pan from the heat. Add some more maple syrup if needed.

4. Put the Brazil nuts in the cupcake cases and pour in the chocolate mixture. Pop the chocolates in the fridge to set.

Together, over 5 years, Alice Mackintosh and I developed recipes that put around 150 nutritional studies into practice. They’ve helped me to become more energised, less anxious, clearer thinking, more balanced and a better sleeper. Our conversations and experiments led to our book The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food.

In it, I share in detail what I have learnt about eating for happiness. By harnessing the power of food to boost my mood, not just on melancholy days, I have been able to stabilise my feelings. Nutrition has become an important element in my holistic approach to staying well.

“My grace is sufficient for thee; my strength is made perfect in weakness”

“My grace is sufficient for thee; my strength is made perfect in weakness”