I’m always looking for ways to get the Super Hero foods into my kids diets and this recipe has come out on top! All four of my kids love chocolate and there are some GREAT raw chocolate bars out on the market now – but with four kids, I can’t keep up with their demand and rushing out to Whole Foods all of the time! So, I whipped this up over the weekend and as I type this on Sunday – they’ve all been greedily consumed! I think this is going to be a household staple. And the good news….. it’s SO easy to make!
But the other goodie about this recipe is that it’s NOT made with refined sugar but instead made with the whole foods, a natural sweetener called DATES! Fresh dates are composed of soft, easily digestible flesh and simple sugars like fructose and dextrose. When eaten, they replenish energy and revitalize the body instantly. Dates are also rich in dietary fibre, which prevents LDL cholesterol absorption in the gut. Additionally, the fibre works as a bulk laxative whereby helping to protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time and binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.
Dates contain health benefiting flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants known as tannins. Tannins are known to possess anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hemorrhagic (prevent easy bleeding tendencies) properties. They are also an excellent source of IRON! Yes, iron… can you believe it?! And potassium is right up there as well as calcium, manganese, copper and magnesium.
So you can see, I’d much rather have my kids eat dates than refined sugar (which BTW has NO nutritional value whatsoever…..)
So grab these ingredients if you don’t already have them!
2 cups walnuts
2 cups pitted dates (medjool best)
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup carob powder
1/4 cup goji berries
1TBSP coconut oil
1 cup almonds, chopped
1 TBSP coconut palm nectar, agave or maple syrup
sprinkling of sea salt or pink himalayan
In your food processor, pulse the walnuts until nicely ground. Then add the salt, cacao, carob and continue to mix in the food processor. While the food processor is on, add the dates one by one until you get a nice paste. Once you get this lovely paste, add in your sweetener (coconut palm nectar, agave or maple syrup) and the coconut oil. Remove the paste into a mixing bowl and using your hands (much easier than a wooden spoon) mix in the chopped almonds and the goji berries.
Place the mixture in either a 8×8 or 9×13 baking tin lined with parchment paper and press the mixture down so that it won’t fall apart. Finally place in freezer for 30 minutes. Once the 30 minutes are up, cut into squares and then try not to eat the entire batch!
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