Ankeny, Iowa, January 24, 2018— Although they’ve been discreet about it, soy and chocolate are a loving couple. And when it comes to Valentine’s Day, nothing says you care like making better-for-you homemade treats that combine chocolate and soyfoods. There’s more good news, too: You don’t have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen when working with versatile soyfoods such as soynuts, tofu, soymilk and miso. The Soyfoods Council offers ideas to help you incorporate more plant-based foods—and yes, we’re including chocolate desserts— into your diet. One cup of soymilk, a half-cup of tofu and an ounce of soynuts are each considered a single serving of soy. One serving of soy offers approximately 7 to 15 grams of high-quality protein without the large amount of saturated fat that typically comes with animal sources of protein.
Now, on to those soy and chocolate suggestions, and Happy Valentine’s Day from The Soyfoods Council.
- Crunchy and chocolate-covered: Make your own chocolate covered dry-roasted edamame or roasted soynuts. These soyfoods are widely available at stores such as Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, Costco and local supermarkets. Simply melt a chocolate bar in the microwave, stir dry-roasted edamame or roasted soynuts into the melted chocolate, and allow mixture to cool on wax paper or parchment paper.
- Cool and creamy: Make the easy recipe for Elizabeth’s Chocolate Pudding Pies with one 16-oz. container of silken firm tofu, one cup of highest-quality cocoa powder, one cup of confectioner’s sugar, one Tablespoon each of vanilla extract and corn syrup. Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Chill for one hour, and then spoon the mixture into six individual-sized prepared graham cracker crusts. Garnish with whipped cream, fresh berries and shaved chocolate or mini chocolate chips before serving.
- Warm and dreamy: How about making your own hot fudge for sundaes by microwaving dark chocolate chips and vanilla soymilk for 35 seconds? You’ll probably want to make a test batch of this sauce (after all, you owe it to yourself). In a microwave-safe small bowl, pour 1 Tbsp. vanilla soymilk over 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips. Microwave, and then stir the warm mixture to make hot fudge. Serve over soymilk ice cream.
- You, me and umami: Have you ever tried the combo of white miso and chocolate sauce? Stirring a teaspoon of miso into your favorite homemade chocolate sauce recipe adds a new dimension to desserts such as angel food cake with banana slices, or vanilla bean ice cream.
The Soyfoods Council offers a variety of recipes pairing chocolate and soyfoods. For recipes, ideas for incorporating more soyfoods into your diet, and the latest research about soyfoods and your health, visit the Soyfoods Council website at www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com. You’ll also find nutrition information and cooking tips.
About the Soyfoods Council: The Soyfoods Council is a non-profit organization, created and funded by Iowa soybean farmers, providing a complete resource to increase awareness of soyfoods, educate and inform media, healthcare professionals, consumers and the retail and foodservice market about the many benefits of soyfoods. Iowa is the country’s number one grower of soybeans and is the Soyfoods Capital of the world.
About the Role of Soyfoods in a Healthful Diet: Soyfoods have played an important role in Asian cuisines for centuries. In recent years they have become popular in Western countries because of their nutrition and health properties. Soyfoods are excellent sources of high-quality protein and provide a healthy mix of polyunsaturated fat. In addition, independent of their nutrient content, there is very intriguing evidence indicating soyfoods reduce risk of several chronic diseases including coronary heart disease, osteoporosis and certain forms of cancer. All individuals are well advised to eat a couple of servings of soyfoods every day.