Divine Chocolate Truffles – guilt free!

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Divine Chocolate Truffles – guilt free!

Positive Vitality Divine Chocolate Truffles are dairy free, sugar free, gluten free, raw, vegan, paleo.

Ingredients:

  • 200 gr Creamed Coconut
  • 100 gr Walnuts
  • 3 Tbs Dark Cocoa Powder
  • 2/3 cup Dates

Preparation:

  1. Soak walnuts overnight, drain
  2. Soak dates overnight in a small amount of water (just about to cover the dates), do not soak
  3. Roughly chop creamed coconut, place in a blending container
  4. Add dark cocoa powder, walnuts, dates
  5. Been all together until smooth, add dates soaking water if the mixture is to thick
  6. When you reach even consistency form little balls from it, roll over in cacao powder to get them less sticky. If you not happy with the shape, put it to the fridge for 5 min and roll again when the truffles are bit harder
  7. Place in a fridge for 10 minutes and voila! Enjoy!

Watch VIDEO of how I made my Chocolate Truffles.

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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 skin, enhances 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.

Walnuts are an excellent source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 essential fatty acids, in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Walnuts are also rich in antioxidants, including being a very goodsource of manganese and copper. They are also a good source of molybdenum and the B vitamin biotin.

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 | 2017-02-01T11:42:33+00:00 May 18th, 2016|Desserts, Paleo, Raw Food, Recipes, Uncategorized, 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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