Cashew & coconut cream mousse with a coffee chocolate

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Cashew & coconut cream mousse with a coffee chocolate

Positive Vitality Cashew & coconut cream mousse with a coffee chocolate is dairy free, gluten free, raw, sugar free, vegan, paleo

Ingredients:

For the mousse

  • 200 gram Cashew Nuts
  • 100 gram Coconut Cream
  • handful of Dates
  • 1/2 shot of Espresso

For the chocolate

  • 3 heaped Tbs Raw Coconut Oil
  • 3-4 Tbs Cacao Powder (dark or raw)
  • 2 tsp Date Syrup or Raw Honey
  • 1/2 shot of Espresso
  • 1 tsp Carob Powder (optional)

 

Preparation:

For the mousse

  1. Soak cashew nuts for minimum 5 hours, drain
  2. Soak dates for minimum 3 hours, drain, but do not throw away the the soaking water, it will create a date syrup you can use for sweetening the chocolate
  3. Place all ingredients in a blending container and blend with a hand blender until smooth creamy consistency
  4. Fill little bowls, or containers, or small glasses (ore anything else you want to serve it in) with the mousse and place in a fridge. Make sure that you will fill only 2/3 of the dish you are using to make space for the chocolate that goes at the top.

For the chocolate

  1. Melt the coconut oil in a pot
  2. Lower the heat to very low and add all reming ingredients
  3. Stir vigorously all the time (to prevent sticking to the bottom and burn) until all dissolves well and create a smooth mixture
  4. Put the chocolate aside and let it cool for 5 minutes

For combining mousse with chocolate

  1. Take out the mousse from the fridge
  2. Cover the top of each mousse with the chocolate
  3. Place the desserts in a fridge and let it settle for 10-15 minutes

 

It may sound like a many steps to follow, but when you get to it its very very easy.

Watch VIEO how I made my mousses.

Trust me this dessert is so worth making, it amazing! And also it is a guilt free dessert created with health supporting ingredients only!

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Health benefits:

Cocoa: 2 tbsp. serving of cocoa contains just 25 calories and 1.5 g of fat. It also provides you with 3.6 g of fiber, which is 14 percent of the daily value, and 8 percent of the daily value of iron and 14 percent of the daily value of magnesium. Cocoa also contains approximately 43.6 mg of flavonoids per gram. Flavonoids are part of a powerful group of antioxidants known as polyphenols, and cocoa is one of the highest polyphenol-containing foods. In addition, hot cocoa contains more antioxidants per cup than a serving of red wine or tea.

Cocoa contains the substance phenethylamine, which is a neurotransmitter found in the brain that acts as a mood elevator and natural antidepressant. Cocoa may also have the ability to boost endorphins and serotonin, which is the neurotransmitter that antidepressants target in order to boost overall happiness levels. More than that cocoa supports healthy looking skinenhances the immune system and brain function.

Coconut: eating coconut meat appears to protect against heart disease and stroke as well. As it turns out, coconut meat’s measurable vitamins A and E, and polyphenols and phytosterols, all work together to decrease the levels of LDL cholesterol, which are fats that stay in the blood and in skin tissues and high levels of which have been found a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases.

The MCTs in coconut are converted into ketone bodies as well which show potential as a replacement energy substrate for the brain, potentially offering a dietary therapy approach to alleviating the symptoms and possibly even preventing  the onset of neurological diseases. Moreover using ketones instead of glucose as energy source we teach our bodies how to burn fat as a fuel and become leaner.

Cashew contains healthy monounsaturated fat that promotes good cardiovascular health, because monounsaturated fats reduce high triglyceride levels which are associated with increased risk for heart disease. Cashew nuts are abundant sources of essential minerals. Minerals, especially manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium are concentrated in these nuts. A handful of cashew nuts a day in the diet would provide enough of these minerals and may help prevent deficiency diseases. Magnesium works with calcium to support healthy muscles and bones in the body.

Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals. Its a good source of energy, sugar and fiber. Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc are found in dates. It also contains vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K.

 

By | 2017-02-01T10:02:05+00:00 May 26th, 2016|Desserts, Paleo, Raw Food, Recipes, Vegan|0 Comments

About the Author:

Ola Van Zyl is Owner of Positive Vitality Nutritional Therapy, Health Coach, Corporate Nutrition Specialist, Sports Nutrition Specialist and Public Speaker. Ola is a graduate of the Institute of Health Sciences in Nutritional Therapy, Dietary Counselling and Functional Sports Nutrition. She is a member of Nutritional Therapists of Ireland. In her work Ola applies the latest theories and research in nutrition, functional medicine and coaching to achieve optimum health. She works with groups and individuals, helping them to gain more energy, to lose weight, to manage stress, improve sleep quality and mood, as well as increase physical performance. Ola believes that nutrition is the key to long and vibrant live and she is very passionate about creating nutritious and delicious recipes to encourage healthy eating.

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