Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Recipe: Choc Chia Chomps

Choc chia chomps
This is another recipe in my quest to satisfy my seemingly never-ending quest for something sweet and something chocolatey, but not being evil. These little guys really fit the bill! Not only are they nutritious, but they're darned tasty as well and will answer most chocolate cravings.

Raw cashews supply healthy fats and numerous minerals. More than 70 percent of the fat in raw cashews is heart-healthy unsaturated fat. They also contain protein which is essential for the growth and repair of the body's tissues.

Dates are power houses nutrition that also satisfy a sweet tooth and provide natural sugar for this treat. Dates are loaded with fibre, both soluble and insoluble and are an excellent source of potassium and many other vitamins & minerals. 

Chia seeds contain the highest natural percentage of Omega-3 essential fatty acid known to man (60-64%). Not only that but chia are a powerful source of antioxidants and unlike most other sources of Omega-3, do not need to be refrigerated to maintain freshness. They're also high in protein and contain 3 times more iron than spinach. We can see why chia seeds are now becoming very popular, especially as they have very little flavour.

1 cup cashews 
3 tablespoons creamed coconut 
5 tbsp raw cacao 
5 dates 
1 tsp cinnamon 
3 tbsp coconut nectar 
1/4 cup coconut oil 
2 tbsp chia seeds 
Pulverize cashews in food processor until very finely ground (although a few small bits are fine). Add everything else except the chia. Mix in food processor until mixed through. 
Stir through chia. Squish and roll teaspoon-sized balls onto a tray and refrigerate. 
Store in the fridge. Makes 35 choc chia chomps.

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