When bakers / bloggers claim to have created a chocolate-based recipe that’s ‘better than sex’ I automatically wonder if they’re entirely satisfied in the bedroom. While chocolate may be better than lacklustre love making there is absolutely nothing better than great sex, period. Sex is good for your health, helps to balance your hormones and can even help you live longer (having 200+ orgasms yearly up-regulates an anti-aging process called autophagy, yes please!).
Fortunately, sex and chocolate don’t have to be mutually exclusive; to celebrate the season of love I’ve created the world’s sexiest brownie. This decadent dessert contains 3 aphrodisiac super foods that have actually been proven to improve love-making. As an added bonus these brownies are also gluten-free and dairy-free so you won’t feel bloated after eating it.
This recipe gets a lot of it’s sexual super powders from a significant dose of dark chocolate + good quality cocoa powder. Chocolate as an aphrodisiac was made popular by the French royal court where erotic art and literature were inspired by this seductive sweet. Casanova, the famous European super-lover, was even known to make a habit of drinking chocolate before his romantic escapades. Modern research has since proven that our fascination with chocolate as a love-making tonic actually has a scientific explanation. A recent study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine concluded that eating 1 cube of chocolate daily leads to higher levels of desire, arousal, and sexual satisfaction. Female participants in the study experienced more active libidos and better overall sexual function than those who didn’t indulge. Chocolate works as a sexual stimulant because it causes a spike in sexy brain chemicals, including dopamine, a neurotransmitter that induces feelings of pleasure and arousal. It’s high flavonoid content also acts as a vasodilator – increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs. When purchasing dark chocolate for this recipe make sure to find high quality chocolate chips that contains more than 70% cacao for maximum benefits.
In addition to a serious dose of chocolate this superfood brownie contains organic beets + beet powder for even more potent vasodilatory benefits. The high nitrate content of beets helps your body produce more nitric oxide (NO), which dilates the pelvic blood vessels allowing more nutrient-rich blood to be delivered to your reproductive organs. Improved blood flow = improved arousal and an increased likelihood of orgasm.
I also added a bit of my favourite hormone balancing superfood: Maca. I love prescribing Maca to both my male and female patients to enhance libido and improve overall sexual health. This Peruvian root promotes optimal functioning of the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland and is an easy way to help improve output of important female sex hormones like testosterone, estradiol and progesterone. It also works well for men, but these effects are not due to hormone modulation. In a recent study, researchers gave adult men either a placebo or Maca root (3 g/day). After eight weeks the group taking Maca supplements reported improved sexual desire. While sex drive usually links to sex hormones in men, this doesn’t seem to be the case with Maca supplementation. Researchers measured testosterone levels of men taking Maca and found no changes, even when the participants reported increased libido. Maca has a mild nutty flavour and can also be added to smoothies or mixed into my sexy hormone fudge recipe.
Better Sex Brownie Recipe
The perfect Valentines day treat this decadent dairy & gluten-free dessert contains aphrodisiac super foods that have actually been proven to improve love-making.
- 1 can BPA-free black beans
- 2 small beets, steamed / roasted *see below
- 2 tbs organic beet powder (optional)
- 3 tbs coconut flour
- 2 tbs maca powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup good quality cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup 70% dark chocolate chips
- 1 tsp flakey sea salt
Add all of the ingredients (except the chocolate chips) to a high-powered blender or food processor and blend until your batter is smooth (1 - 5 minutes). Gently mix in the mini chocolate chips then pour the batter into a greased baking pan and bake at 350F for 30 minutes. Cool on the counter for 10 minutes and top with additional chocolate chips and beet powder (optional) before serving.
* For the beets:
- In oven: Wrap whole beets (stems removed) in aluminum foil and roast in 400 degree F oven for an hour or until soft to the touch.
- In Instant Pot: Set beets on rack and add 1 cup water. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. Instant release pressure.
Allow beets to cool enough to handle and peel away skin.
- N.A. et al. “Beneficial Effects of Lepidium Meyenii on Psychological Symptoms and Measure of Sexual Dysfunction in Postmenopausal Women Are Not Related to Estrogen or Androgen Content,” Menopause (2008) 15:1157.