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Is chocolate a vegetable?

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In my quest on Valentine’s Day for the truth of this age-old argument, I asked our friend Wikipedia and Wikianswers.

Wiki answers the age-old argument

Ladies and gentlemen, chocolate is indeed a vegetable according the Wiki. Some also argue that it is a fruit, however regardless of your stance, it is in fact good for you. Chocolate is a product of the cacao bean which grows in pod- like fruits on tropical cacao trees.

Wikipedia Definition

Cacao Pod

Enjoy this good-for-you Chocolate Breakfast Cupcake- and know, whether fruit or vegetable, you are eating something good for you.

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Dark Chocolate Breakfast Cupcakes

These muffins are a definite hit wherever you may serve them. the ground almonds and whole eggs give a protein punch. This is a great way to get children to eat breakfast—a chocolate cupcake!

Serves 12

Ingredients

    • „  3⁄4 cup dark chocolate chips
    • „  1⁄2 cup unsweetened applesauce
    • „  1⁄2 cup butter or coconut oil
    • „  4 whole eggs—separate whites and yolks
    • „  1⁄2 cup pure maple syrup
    • „  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • „  1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
    • „  11⁄2 cups ground almonds
    • „  5 tablespoons gluten free flour blend
    • „  2 teaspoons gluten free baking powderGlaze:
    • „  1⁄2 cup melted dark chocolate chips
    • „  1⁄4 cup agave nectar
    • „  2 tablespoons brown rice syrup
    • „  1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Directions

    • Preheat oven to 350°f.Melt chocolate chips, applesauce and butter/ coconut oil over low heat.Beat egg yolks with 1⁄4 cup of the maple syrup and set aside.
    • Combine the melted chocolate mixture and egg yolk-maple syrup mixture together. Stir in ground almonds, vanilla extract, baking powder, sea salt and flour.Beat 4 egg whites with the remaining 1⁄4 cup of maple syrup until stiff. fold into the above mixture. Grease a muffin tin and fill to 3/4 full and allow to bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

    Smart Facts

    Eating chocolate triggers the production of endorphins in the body which results in a feeling of happiness. Dark chocolate also contains appetite suppressant properties which help curb your appetite and cravings. Enjoy the hit of happiness and curb your cravings with these cupcakes.

    RECIPE HIGHLIGHTS

    * No Added Refined Sugars * Vegetarian
    * High in Protein and Gluten and Wheat Free

    Nutritional Analysis Amount Per Serving

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    Calories 224.39

    Total Fat 15.81 g

    Saturated Fat 6.6 g

    Cholesterol 77.86 mg

    Sodium 187.64 mg

    Potassium 134.26 mg

    Total Carbohydrates 18.91 g

    Fibre 2.21 g

    Sugar 7.4 g

    Protein 4.79 g