Chocolate Squares

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Chocolate Squares

Positive Vitality Chocolate Squares are dairy free, gluten free, free from processed sugar, Vegan, Raw and Paleo.

Chocolate Squares are guilt free and super delicius sweet treat.
Ingredients:

(20 squares)

  • 200 gr Creamed Coconut (also called coconut butter)
  • 150 ml Coconut Milk, full fat
  • 1/3 cup Dates, fresh or dried
  • 2 heaped Tbs Raw Cacao Powder

Preparation:

  1. Soak dates overnight, drain (the soaking water and date juice will create a date syrup you can use as a natural tasty sweetener)
  2. Roughly chop creamed coconut and place in the blending container
  3. Add dates, coconut milk, cacao powder and blend until smooth consistency
  4. Alternatively, you can add a pinch of salt, vanilla extract or essential oil to add flavour, but it’s super yummy without it as well
  5. Spoon out the mixture into glass/plastic container, preferably a square one to allow you to cut out square portions when it’s ready
  6. Place the container into fridge for 30 min or freezer for 10 min if you need it quick
  7. When the dessert has firm consistency you can take it out and divide into portions
  8. To make it look a bit fancier you can make small wholes in each square and fill it in using confectionary sleeve with raspberry and date mousse like you can see at my photo

IMG_3218Health Benefts:

Raw 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 fibre, 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 is super healthy, it improves insulin sensitivity and block fat storage, also in patients with type 2 diabetes, therefore it is supporting a healthy weight loss. It is also antimicrobial, it has antioxidant and antistress properties and it support s healthy hearth. Coconut fat is a type of fat that we shouldn’t be afraid of and we should use it as often as possible. Not only coconut fat is digested different and converted into energy other than being stored in our fat tissue.

Berries are a wonderful source of antioxidants. The antioxidants in berries can help your body fight oxidative stress caused by free radicals that can lead to illness. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants can help improve your health, protect your skin and hair, and prevent certain diseases. All fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, but nutrient-rich berries are some of the absolute best sources.

There are several powerful antioxidants that appear in berries, including anthocyanins, quercetin, and vitamin C. Anthocyanins give berries their vibrant color, reduce inflammation, and may help prevent and manage arthritis. Anthocyanins work together with quercetin to help slow age-related memory-loss. Quercetin can also decrease the inflammatory effects of chemicals in the synovial fluid of the joints for people with inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

Vitamin C is another strong antioxidant found in berries. It is largely responsible for the health of collagen, which helps maintain cartilage stores and aids in joint flexibility. Eating vitamin C–rich berries will contribute to radiant skin and healthy hair, and may reduce the risk of arthritis, cataracts, and macular degeneration.

In addition to antioxidants, berries are great for losing weight because they fill you up quickly, since their high water content bumps up the volume while driving down the calories. Berries also contain fiber and folate. Fiber aids in weight loss and helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Folate may protect against cardiovascular disease and age-related memory loss, and since folate contributes to the production of serotonin, it may also help ward off depression and improve your mood.


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By | 2017-06-09T08:00:07+00:00 August 11th, 2016|Desserts, Paleo, Raw Food, Recipes, Vegan|Comments Off on Chocolate Squares

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.