Positive Vitality’s Fruit & Nut Dark Chocolate is Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegetarian
(2 chocolate bars)
• 100g Ghee (clarified butter)
• 50g Raw Cacao Powder
• 2 Tbsp Carob Powder (optional)
• 2 Tbs Raw Honey (or, other natural sweeteners)
• pinch of Himalayan Salt
• handful Macadamia Nuts and Cranberries*
• handful Cashew Nuts and Blueberries*
*that’s my choice, you can add whatever nut and fruit you like
- Place the ghee in a small pot and melt on a medium heat.
- When melted take out the heat and add one by one: cacao, carob, honey, salt, stirring vigorously after each.
- When well combined leave aside to chill.
- Spread the nut and fruit evenly over the chocolate moulds or a small baking tin.
- Pour the chocolate over the nuts, and place the moulds in the freezer.
- Freeze until firm, for 15-20min. Take it out and let defrost a little.
- Serve like a normal chocolate.
- Store in a fridge.
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 skin, enhances the immune system and brain function.
Ghee has a unique nutrition profile without any lactose or casein, but rich in short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids and butyrate. For people who are lactose or casein-sensitive, they can use ghee because the process has removed these allergens. If you have gluten sensitivity, leaky gut syndrome, IBS, Crohn’s or certain pancreatic disorders, you may have a problem absorbing vitamin A. By using ghee for cooking, and as a replacement for butter, you can increase your intake. Vitamin D, also a fat-soluble vitamin, can be made in the body after exposure to sunlight. Butyrate, or butyric acid, is a short-chain fatty acid that acts as a detoxifier and improves colon health. It’s been shown to support healthy insulin levels, is an anti-inflammatory, and may be helpful for individuals suffering from IBS, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Blueberries and Cranberries contain a type of flavonoid known as anthocyanins, which are responsible for giving foods like blueberries, cranberries, red cabbage and eggplants their iconic deep red, purple and blue hues. Anthocyanins are responsible for more than just the blueberry’s pretty blue colour – they also contribute to the popular fruit’s numerous health benefits. Increasing consumption of plant foods like blueberries and cranberries supports healthy bones, lowering blood pressure, managing diabetes and heart disease, preventing cancer, improving mental health, healthy digestion, healthy looking skin and supporting weight loss.
Macadamias are a rich source of Vitamin A, iron, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folates. They contain high amounts of vitamin B1 and magnesium, and just one serving nets 58 percent of what you need in manganese and 23 percent of the recommended daily value of thiamin.They also contain moderate amounts of zinc, copper, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium. Macadamia contains antioxidants like polyphenols, Amino acids, flavones, and selenium. Macadamias, with their own unique nutritional profile, are relatively low in carbs and protein (containing two percent per one-ounce serving), high in oleic acid and omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acid, the same fatty acid found in olive oil. In fact, of the 21 grams of fat found in macadamia nuts, only three grams are saturated fat.
Cashew Nuts 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.
If you like this recipe, check out more Dessert Recipes by Positive Vitality – always nutritious and delicious, always packed with natural goodness!