Super Food Series: Cacao

Hey Hunnis!

I am back with another recipe post, one of which I know is going to be a favourite. I have decided to tackle the topic of superfoods, if you have not heard of the superfood craze yet, you will now! Superfoods are foods that are extremely nutrient dense and are extremely beneficial for longevity and your wellbeing. Each superfood has distinct perks and assists your body in different ways, therefore I obviously need to make this a series to cover my favourites!

One of my absolute favourite superfoods is cacao powder! I have a major sweet tooth especially when it comes to chocolate, therefore when I am able to fuel my body with it in a beneficial way, I take complete advantage of it! Many people read “cacao” believing it is the same as “cocoa powder” while in reality, cacao is the less processed, raw version! Cacao is one of the most antioxidant rich foods, is high in magnesium and a natural mood booster! The magnesium helps you attain a healthy heart, and the serotonin and other chemicals are naturally associated with happiness and can hep alleviate depression. Incorporating this powder into my diet has brought me clear skin, tons of plant based iron, feelings of satisfaction, a great mood and being full from fibre.

Okay after hitting you with all the superfood news, I have a few delicious recipes that you can easily incorporate into your diet!

Recipe #1: Cacao Energy Bites (vegan,gluten free)

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Energy bites are a great alternative to a packaged granola bar with unneeded additives! With whole and hearty ingredients these energy bites will keep you full and satiated with healthy fats, give you a protein boost and satisfy a mid day craving. These rich gooey bites will be your new favourite snack!

Ingredients:
-1 cup dates
-1/3 cup almonds
-1/3 cup pecans
-3 tbsp cacao powder
-1 tbsp coconut oil
-sea salt

Directions: Add the dates, almonds, pecans and coconut oil into a food processor or high speed blender and combine into a thick dough/paste. You may need to stop a few times to recombine the mixture with a spatula. After combining add cacao powder as well as sea salt and mix again. Roll the mixture into balls and place in the freezer for 30 minutes in a container, you can then transfer the container to the fridge to stay. They will last for a week fresh or you can freeze them and grab them when you are in need of a snack!

Recipe #2: Mock “Wendys Frosty” Smoothie

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Confession time, when I was younger I had a soft spot for Wendy’s frosty’s. They were the perfect creamy, thick consistency and were my go-to treat. This smoothie is one of my favourite breakfasts or mid day snacks because in my opinion it tastes just like a frosty but it is beneficial to my health! Healthy carbs from the fruit gives energy and the chia seeds contain omega 3 fatty acids as well as fibre to keep you full for longer!

Ingredients:

-2 frozen bananas
-1 cup ice
-2 tbsp cacao powder
-1 medjool date
-1 tbsp chia seeds
-1 tbsp powdered peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
-1 cup almond milk (nut/plant milk of choice)

Directions: Add all the ingredients into a high speed blender. Pour into a glass (or two if you have the will to share) and enjoy!

BONUS RECIPE: Creamy Hot Chocolate (vegan, gluten free)

This is the perfect recipe for a cozy night in, I always end up making this cup of hot cocoa for watching a movie or tv show! For a light drink to end off the night or a healthy mid day chocolate craving, this drink has plenty of health benefits.

Ingredients:
-1/2 hot water
-1 cup non dairy milk
-2 tbsp cacao powder
-1 tbsp maple syrup (sweetener of choice)
-1 tbsp maca powder
-sea salt
– cinnamon

Directions: Add one cup of non-dairy milk to a pot over medium to hot heat on your stove. While the almond milk heats, boil hot water separately. Add the cacao powder, maca powder, sweetener, sea salt, cinnamon to the pot of almond milk and whisk it together until their is no clumps. Add 1/2 cup boiling water to a mug and add the heated almond milk mixture. I personally love using a frother as it creates a foamy layer on top and allows the drink to further combine.

Stay tuned for more blog posts in my super food series!

Sam, Sales Associate, Hunnis Langley

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