Easy, Healthy Raw Chocolate Peanut-butter Candy Recipe That Can Help You Lose Weight!

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Typically, the words “candy” and “weight loss” would not be included in the same sentence unless the words “eat less” or “don’t eat” are also in it. However, when candy is made with the right raw ingredients, it cannot only be nutritious, but truly aid you on your weigh-loss journey.

Before we get to the recipe, let’s take a look at the ingredients in this super-easy raw chocolate candy recipe and see what makes the candies healthy (even though they don’t taste like it!) and can even help you lose weight when you include it in your diet:

Coconut oil. You may have heard that coconut oil was healthy, but took a look at the label and found it contains just as many calories and as much fat as any other oil. The truth is that it does, but the type of fat it contains is unique and should not be confused with unhealthy types of fats, such as trans-fats.

This healthy oil contains fats that are considered medium-chain triglycerides unlike other types of saturated fat that are called long-chain triglycerides. Do you notice a burst of energy after eating coconut or coconut oil? That is because this type of fat is able to travel right to your liver after eating it, where it immediately turns into energy instead of being stored on your belly or hips.

When you eat candy made from coconut oil, it is actually great to eat it mid-day or even after breakfast (gasp!), since eating it late at night before trying to sleep can lead to insomnia from all of the energy it gives you!

One healthy fat in coconut oil is called lauric acid, and along with a variety of other health benefits, it is also a potent, natural appetite suppressant.

Raw Cocoa Powder. Raw cocoa powder itself has very, very few calories. The reason chocolate gets a bad rap is due to the unhealthy forms of fats, sugars, emulsifiers, and preservatives in “junk food” candy bars you see lining your supermarket shelves.

Raw cocoa power has a huge array of nutritional benefits and is packed with antioxidants, so eat as much as you want, as long as you don’t mix it with unhealthy additives.

Nut Butter. You can make the candy recipe with any type of raw nut butter you like. Raw nuts are very healthy, and contain healthy fats, protein, and fewer calories than roasted nuts. There have also been studies showing that eating nut butters keep you satisfied for a long period of time, which can help keep you from snacking on unhealthy foods later in the day.

Easy, 5-Minute Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Recipe

  • One-quarter cup Coconut oil
  • 2 T. Raw Cocoa Powder
  • Raw nut butter of your choice
  • Stevia or any natural sweetener of your choice to taste

Mix coconut oil (at room temperature, so it is liquid) with cocoa powder. Add desired sweetener and mix. Pour half of this mixture into a few sections of an ice cube tray. Freeze for 20 minutes, then top each portion of coconut oil/cocoa mixture with a little nut butter. Then, top with the rest of the chocolate mixture, and freeze again until firm (about an hour should do it).

When completely frozen, you can take the candies out and place them in a freezer bag, but be sure to store them in the freezer until you eat them. Pop one out when you need a healthy, delicious treat that will give you a boost of energy and help tide you over well until your next meal!

Can Eating Chocolate Make You Smarter? 2 Healthy Sources of Chocolate to Boost Your Brain Power

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As a food with such a bad reputation for being unhealthful just a couple of decades ago, new studies keep revealing new health benefits of eating chocolate. Along with past studies that linked eating chocolate to improved mood, heart health, and reduced risk of stroke, a new study shows reveals that it may help improve your brain function.

The study analyzed almost 1000 people over a 30-year period and found that those who ate chocolate at least once-a-week were in better cognitive health than those who didn’t consume chocolate or ate it only on rare occasions.

Of course, the health benefits of chocolate can be counteracted when you eat processed chocolate bars that are filled with high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives, and emulsifiers. However, here are two sources of chocolate so healthy that you can even include them in your diet every day.

1. Raw Cacao Nibs

Raw cacao nibs are readily available at many health-food shops, and they offer an experience as close to eating a real, unprocessed cocoa bean as possible. These nibs are simply cocoa beans cut into small pieces and packaged. The easiest way to include them in your daily diet is to simply munch on them, just as you would any other snack.

Other ideas include adding the nibs to trail mix, adding them to cookie recipes instead of processed chocolate chips, or adding a few to your daily smoothie to give it a healthy flavor kick.

Or, you can mix equal amounts of cacao nibs and healthy nut butter, then roll the mixture into small balls, and roll again in small dish of nibs. Healthy chocolate-nut butter candy! Yum!

2. Brewing Chocolate

Brewing chocolate is perfect when you want a healthy chocolate beverage with almost zero calories. It is sold in bags, similar to how coffee is sold, but inside the bag you will find ground cocoa beans instead of coffee. While you can brew the chocolate in a drip coffee maker when in a hurry, it is better to heat a cup of hot water on the stove, add a few tablespoons of brewing chocolate (play around to find your perfect strength), allow the mixture to steep for 10 minutes, then strain it. This longer steeping time unleashes more of the antioxidants and flavor of the ground cocoa beans than a drip coffee brewer can.

You can then drink the final beverage “black,” or with a little organic milk of your choice added along with a little stevia. If you are a coffee drinker, you can mix the brewed chocolate beverage into your daily cup of coffee to make it even healthier.

Once you brew your ground beans, don’t throw them out! Place them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator, and you can then add them to your next smoothie, bowl of rice pudding, or even your oatmeal.

Chocolate is healthy, but only when you choose the right type of chocolate to add to your daily diet. Try one or both of these healthy sources of chocolate to reap the health benefits without the added fat, preservatives, and emulsifiers in processed chocolate bars.

Want the Health Benefits of Probiotics but Don’t Do Dairy? Try Making Easy, Affordable Water Kefir!

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If you live a dairy-free lifestyle due to ethical reasons or lactose intolerance, then you may envy people who can easily obtain healthy probiotics by eating yogurt or drinking dairy kefir. You may even be thinking of taking probiotic supplements, but these supplements are often ineffective. Instead, try making affordable, dairy-free water kefir. The basic recipe will give you a base you can then add fruit juice or even a natural flavor extract to in order to customize your flavor.

How To Make Probiotic-rich Water Kefir

To make water kefir, you need to purchase a starter culture of water kefir grains. Not only are they super-affordable, but you should only have to purchase them once! Not only can they be re-used, but since they are filled with living bacteria and yeast, they will keep growing and replicating, and you will actually end up with more and more the longer you keep them!

Once you receive them, make your water kefir in any glass jar (an empty jam or pickle bottle is perfect) by following these steps:

  1. Dissolve two-tablespoons of brown sugar in about one-quarter cup of hot water and then let cool to room temperature. (The kefir grains will “feed” off it, so there will be little to no sugar left in the final beverage.)
  2. Add 2 cups of room temperature water to the sugar solution.
  3. Add one tablespoon of water kefir grains.
  4. Place a clean cloth or coffee filter over the top of the jar and secure it with a rubber-band or string tied tightly around it. Do not top with the metal lid that came with the jar, or you will starve the solution of needed oxygen!
  5. Place it in warm spot in your home. The solution thrives best at around 75-degrees Fahrenheit, but don’t worry too much about the exact temperature too much. However, if you find a batch does not ferment the first time, you may have to find a warmer spot in your home the second time around. Your unheated oven is the perfect place to store your water kefir if you don’t use it daily.
  6. After about 36-hours, you should notice that the water is cloudy, and this is when you can strain the mixture to remove the grains.
  7. Once the water kefir is fully prepared and the grains taken out, you can chill it before you drink it and add a splash of fruit juice for a delicious, healthy beverage. Enjoy!

Since the process of making a batch of water kefir does take a few days, you may want begin your next batch using the same grains again as soon as you strain them from the first batch. However, you can store them in the refrigerator between uses if you don’t plan to make a new batch right away.

All About Oats: This Grain Packs a Nutritional Punch & Contains a Natural Appetite Suppressant

 

If you don’t include oats in your daily diet, then you should consider adding them. Why? Rolled and steel-cut oats are filled with vitamins and minerals and help combat many health problems. It is a little-known fact that they can also help you lose weight or maintain your healthy weight due to a natural appetite suppressant they contain. Read on to find out just why oats are so healthy and how they can help curb your cravings for unhealthy foods.

What Makes Oats so Nutritious?

Organic rolled oats or steel-cut oats are both healthy grains that are filled with vitamins and minerals. Just one-half cup of either type of oats contains 8 grams of healthy fiber, 13 grams of protein, 40-percent of your daily RDA of thiamin, and 20-percent of your RDA of iron. Oats also contain plenty of folate, pantothenic acid, and 35-percent of your RDA of magnesium.

Eating oats every day can also help lower your blood pressure and keep your “bad” cholesterol level in-check. Just a small portion of oats is also very filling, and when topped with yogurt and a little fruit, makes a healthy, antioxidant- and probiotic-packed breakfast or dessert.

Oats also Suppress Your Appetite and Curb Unhealthy Food Cravings

Oats offer an additional advantage if you have a large appetite that you want to curb. All oats contain an abundant amount of a specific type of fiber called beta-glucan. This soluble fiber has an array of health benefits, since it is considered a prebiotic fiber that supports a healthy gut bacterial balance.

An added benefit of beta-glucan is that it is a potent natural appetite suppressant. Supplement manufacturers have even created beta-glucan supplements to market the appetite-suppressant effects of this fiber, but why take a supplement when oats have so much more to offer than just this fiber?

Steel-Cut vs Rolled Oats: Is one Healthier?

Many oat enthusiasts are avid believers that steel-cut oats are healthier than their rolled counter-pats. However, steel-cut and rolled oats contain the exact same vitamins and mineral contents, because they are both made from the same oat groat. When the groats are chopped into small pieces, it creates steel-cut oats, and when they are rolled under pressure, rolled oats are created. The main difference in the final product is the texture. Steel-cut oats take longer for your body to digest, which leads to them having a lower glycemic index.

In the end, both are healthy grains, and if you prefer the texture of rolled vs steel-cut oats, you aren’t losing out on the important nutrients that the oats still contain. However, avoid instant oatmeal, especially those little packets that contain so many additives. Always check the label of your oats and ensure there is only one ingredient and not a list filled with chemicals and preservatives.

Eating Garlic Every Day to Keep the Doctor Away? How to Sprout Garlic Easily to Super-charge its Health benefits

 

If you haven’t been eating raw garlic every day for its many health benefits, then now is a great time to start. Eating garlic frequently not only helps keep your blood pressure low, lowers your “bad” cholesterol levels, and even protects you against several types of cancer, but it also helps fight off those colds and viruses that you may be getting hit with this winter.

Garlic is already one of the world’s healthiest foods, but did you know that you can get even more nutritional punch out of the garlic you eat by sprouting it before you eat it?

Sprouting garlic increases the antioxidant content, and just one of the many antioxidants in garlic is called allicin. Allicin is the natural disease-fighting component in garlic that kills bacteria, viruses, and gives it many of its health-protective effects. By sprouting garlic, you are essentially bringing it “back to life” before eating it, which is why it then becomes even more nutrition-packed.

How to Sprout Garlic Easily

The best thing about sprouting garlic is that it is super-easy! You don’t need a garden, soil, or even a plant-pot. You also don’t need any special type of garlic. Just start with the basic garlic bulbs you can purchase at any grocery store (of course organic is always best!).

Then, follow these instructions to bring that garlic back to life so it sprouts:

  1. Place several peeled large garlic cloves or a couple of entire bulbs in a glass bowl.
  1. Add water to the dish until it covers only the bottom one-quarter to one-third of the cloves or bulbs. You do not want to submerge the garlic completely in water.
  1. Place the dish on one of the windowsills in your home that receives the most direct sunlight. Don’t worry if it is cloudy where you live, because some sun will still penetrate through the clouds and hit your garlic. They may just take a day or two longer to sprout with less sun.
  1. Let them stay put for five days. You may need to add a little water here and there, since some will evaporate. Try to keep the water-level fairly consistent.
  1. Enjoy your sprouted garlic as soon as you see green sprouts shooting up! You don’t have to let them grow tall. As soon as you see about a quarter-inch of green sprouts, your garlic has then been brought back to life and super-charged with extra antioxidants.

Remember that allicin and the other antioxidants in garlic are most powerful when not exposed to high cooking temperatures, so it is important to eat all garlic, including sprouted garlic, raw. You don’t have to eat the cloves whole, though, and you can crush them to add to pre-cooked sauces, spread on toast, or add to vegetable smoothies.

Flavorful summer squash recipe boosts heart health and much more

I’m always on the lookout for new, healthy recipes that, at the risk of sounding like Dancing with the Stars’ energetic judge Bruno Tonioli, make my taste buds leap with joy for days to come. Years ago, I used to think that “healthy” meant “bland” but I now know better. Tons of recipes exist that do wonders for health while also delivering in the delicious department.

The “Herby Summer Squash with Brazil Nut Breading” recipe that I found on The Raw Food World News web site is one such recipe. Not one to do more than sprinkle some sea salt on my lightly steamed squash, I was eager to give my ho-hum squash-making abilities a boost. Let me tell you, this was (in Bruno voice) simply amazing, a true delight that will linger in my memory forever!

Seriously. It’s that good. The variety of flavors work perfectly together to create a summer squash recipe well worth making again . . . and again . . . and . . . well, you get the point. Just the nut breading alone is delicious enough to make and use as a topping or seasoning on other vegetables and recipes.

The summer squash recipe with nut breading

Now that you’re all excited and ready to dig in, here are the easy details behind the recipe.

Herby Squash Ingredients*:

  • 1 cup zucchini, quartered and sliced thin
  • 1 cup yellow squash, quartered and sliced thin
  • 1/2 tsp salt (I chose pink Himalayan sea salt, my favorite)
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup onion, sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1/4 tsp fresh sage, minced
  • 1/4 tsp fresh thyme

Breading Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup raw Brazil nuts (I opted for cashews)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cumin

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Cover and let sit out for at least three hours to soften. In a hurry? A dehydrator can also be used, but make sure it’s covered so nothing gets dried out.
  3. Make the breading by putting breading ingredients in food processor until it becomes a crumbly texture.
  4. Put some of the zucchini mixture on a plate, then sprinkle with breading.

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*Choose organic ingredients whenever possible

Health benefits of the summer squash with nut breading recipe

According to The World’s Healthiest Foods web site, summer squash has been found to have powerful antioxidants including ones that fight eye-related health issues such as age-related macular degeneration (1). They’re also known to provide antimicrobial support to the body, help regulate blood sugar levels and even help prostate health.

As for Brazil nuts, they’re a healthy fat, making them ideal for heart health (2). Furthermore, they’ve been shown to have mood-boosting nutrients and also play a role in ensuring proper bone and tissue growth (2).

Cumin, the pigment in the spice turmeric, acts as an anti-inflammatory which can halt the development and growth of cancerous cells while also boosting heart health (3). Love turmeric? Be sure to try our turmeric and mango smoothie!

Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy : )

Sources for this article include:

(1) www.whfoods.com
(2) www.livestrong.com

Antioxidant-rich blueberry smoothie recipe perfect way to celebrate National Blueberry Month

July is National Blueberry Month. It’s not like I really need another reason to enjoy this sweet and healthy fruit, because I’m often snacking on them and have been known to get a little grumpy when I realize I’ve run out. In any event, if there’s another reason to eat these antioxidant-rich wonders, I’m all over it.

To celebrate, I decided to find a blueberry smoothie recipe. One of my favorite sites for recipes, Mind Body Green, had one called the “On-The-Go Blueberry Muffin Smoothie.” Mmmm!

How could I pass up muffin-like deliciousness (minus unhealthy sugars and hidden surprises I don’t like hearing about in the news) in a glass? I got to it, using ingredients I already had in the kitchen. No rushing off to the store or foregoing ingredients with this recipe; its easy to make and definitely one I plan on making again . . . not just during National Blueberry Month, but all the time.

Here’s how to make this refreshing blueberry smoothie, which is also the perfect way to find relief on hot summer days. As of this writing, it’s a toasty 90+ degrees in New Hampshire, so smoothies like this bring a smile to my (slightly sweaty) face.

How to make the blueberry smoothie

This recipe serves two.

Ingredients (choose organic when possible):

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries (I chose fresh ones)
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseeds
  • 1/2 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and blend for 2 minutes or until you find the consistency you prefer. I like mine on the thick side, so I blended for less than a minute.

Then, top with chia seeds.

Enjoy!

Health benefits of the blueberry muffin smoothie

This scrumptious blueberry smoothie recipe is loaded with healthy ingredients. I love knowing specifically how certain foods are benefiting me; being armed with the health benefits of everything I eat is an amazing feeling.

First of all, blueberries are known to be a powerhouse of antioxidants that have whole-body benefits. They’re listed on World’s Healthiest Foods’ web site as one of the Top 100 healthiest foods, which notes that their effects are far reaching. From helping heart health and reducing muscle damage after exercise to boosting brain health and improving eye health, blueberries are an essential part of an optimally-functioning body (1).

Bananas, (which make a great ice cream with honey and nut butter by the way), are rich in potassium and vitamin C, ideal for properly distributing fluids throughout the body and keeping the immune system strong (2).

Flaxseeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, essential for reducing ailments associated with inflammation while also helping to manage weight and hormones (3).

I’m sure you’ll enjoy this blueberry muffin smoothie. C’mon . . . it’s National Blueberry Month. How could you not give it a try! : )

Happy sipping!

Sources for this article include:

(1) www.whfoods.com
(2) www.livestrong.com
(3) www.womenfitness.net

Raw cacao powder hot chocolate recipe is healthy and soothing

Lots of people have been asking me about how they can incorporate raw cacao powder (buy raw cacao from this Amazon affiliate link) in more of their recipes. After all, it’s a superfood that well, tastes super.

So it hit me . . . how about hot chocolate?! It’s perfect for those cold weather days and even for people living in a year-round mild climate (lucky you), it’s good too. Who says hot chocolate has to be enjoyed only when it’s snowy or cold? Hot chocolate made with raw cacao powder is a healthy treat to have whenever the mood strikes, which in my opinion, should be all the time!

Here’s a recipe well worth trying, which I came across on Rawmazing.com:

Ingredients for healthy hot chocolate recipe

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1-3 Tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 Tbsp of agave nectar or agave syrup (or sweetener of your choice)

Blend, warm to no higher than 116 degrees, sprinkle with organic cinnamon (optional).

Note: you may opt to make your own almond milk by soaking raw almonds in filtered water for several hours. More details about how to make almond milk are also on Rawmazing.com in the same recipe.

Next step? Sip and enjoy!

Why raw cacao powder makes a healthy hot chocolate

This warm and comforting raw cacao hot chocolate is not only tasty, but it’s filled with beneficial nutrients. It’s nothing like the chocolates found in many candy aisles, which are so processed that the end result does more harm than good. In those chocolates, key nutrients are typically altered or stripped altogether, and other ingredients are added that only worsen the end result. Like all processed foods, they simply are not healthy to ingest.

Pure, whole, raw . . . that’s the way to go. Raw cacao powder doesn’t undergo additional processing, so people get to enjoy the benefits of having something that’s as close to the cacao bean as possible.

Raw cacao powder has long been considered a healthy chocolate and it’s easy to understand why. It’s rich in polyphenol flavonoids and is known to help reduce the risk of certain cancers like colon, improve mood, boost cognitive function and keep circulation moving properly so clots are kept at bay.

Topping with cinnamon adds to this healthy chocolate recipe; studies have shown its role in warding off Alzheimer’s disease, lowering cholesterol and helping women achieve menstrual cycle regularity.

This raw cacao powder hot chocolate recipe is easy to make and a very healthy choice. So go ahead and enjoy a cozy cup of healthy chocolate today!

Sources for this article include:

Two refreshing healthy summer drinks worth trying

There’s nothing more refreshing on a warm day than sipping some cold iced tea or lemonade. Of course we all know that the ones in supermarkets, filled with tons of sugar and ingredients with names we can’t pronounce, aren’t healthy for us. To think that I used to down those sugary, artificial drinks in droves, and was even excited with the entertaining factoids found under the lids, is both scary and embarrassing.

That’s why these two iced drinks from MyRecipes.com are ideal refreshing healthy summer drinks. They’re just what we crave as the temps soar (heck, why not enjoy them anytime of the year? Who says they have to be just a hot-weather drink?). Just like our tasty 3-ingredient pops, these are loaded with great nutrients, and with only a few ingredients, are very easy to make.

Minty iced green tea recipe

Don’t worry about having to break out a ton of utensils and ingredients for this one. Whether you’re pressed for time, or just haven’t gotten bitten by the creative kitchen bug, you’ll enjoy the simplicity being this iced tea recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic fresh mint leaves, washed
  • 3-4 green tea bags
  • Ice
  • Organic honey or fresh lavender leaves (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Crush mint leaves, then put in empty pitcher
  2. Add tea bags and pour hot water in pitcher, leaving about three inches of water from top
  3. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours
  4. Remove tea bags, add ice and serve (sweeten with add honey or lavender leaves to taste if desired). I tend to like things on the sweet side, so I chose to add honey.

Enjoy!

The health benefits of minty iced green tea

Green tea has been a favorite drink of many health experts for ages. It’s easy to understand why. Perhaps its biggest health benefit is that its active compound, EGCG, has been shown to have cancer-fighting abilities (1). Furthermore, it’s also heralded as a weight-loss aid, believed to reduce body fat.

Mint leaves are another way to keep our bodies healthy. Not only can a few leaves naturally freshen breath, but they’re known to make digestion easier, alleviate nausea and headaches and also helps maintain great oral health by preventing bacterial overgrowth (2).

Rosemary lemonade recipe

SPlemontwist0011MfromStockedPhotosdotComIf you’re ready for something with more tartness that’s still just as healthy and easy to make, nothing beats lemonade, the good ‘ole warm-weather staple.

Ingredients (makes about 6 cups):

  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice, squeezed from about 8 organic lemons
  • 6 sprigs organic, fresh rosemary (I loved this addition. It made for a very enjoyable taste and is something I don’t think I would have considered. Here’s to learning something new!).
  • Sweetener of choice, to taste (their recipe called for 1 cup of sugar, but I opted to forego it in favor of organic honey)
  • 3 cups cold water

Directions:

Add the cold water to the lemon juice, stir in sweetener, add rosemary sprigs and enjoy!

Like the green iced tea, this recipe is also very healthy. Fresh lemons are known to stimulate the liver in such a way so that the body’s toxins are flushed, plus when added to water, helps the body stay hydrated while also balancing electrolyte levels and boosting the immune system (3).

Rosemary is listed on George Mateljan Foundation’s web site, The World’s Healthiest Foods, as a great way to improve circulation to the brain, lessen the severity of asthma attacks and more (4).

Also, don’t forget about our green lemonade juice, which helps fight cancer and improve blood flow throughout the body. It’s cool and refreshing too!

I love these refreshing healthy summer drinks because they’re filled with natural, homemade deliciousness that boosts overall health.

Happy sipping!

Sources for this article include:

(1) www.livestrong.com
(2) www.organicfacts.net
(3) www.naturalnews.com
(4) www.whfoods.com

Recipe source: MyRecipes.com

Raw vegan chocolate cake recipe

People are often asking me how to make a raw vegan chocolate cake. They want a recipe that’s easy to make, healthy and of course, delicious. Well, look no further. We uncovered just such a recipe on TheRawtarian.com and it’s everything people have been asking me about, filled with nothing but nutrition and great taste.

How to make a raw vegan chocolate cake

Ingredients: (all raw, organic)

  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups dates
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. First, blend nuts in a food processor, until all you see are very small pieces of nuts.
  2. Next, add the other ingredients to the food processor one at a time and blend.
  3. Continue processing until the mixture looks like a big ball of dough, without any big chunks of ingredients. Flecks of nuts are OK.
  4. Then, shape the cake however you’d like and decorate accordingly! Be creative: maybe consider topping it with fresh fruit slices or think of another healthy idea for an icing.
  5. Finally, refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the cake to firm up.

Dig in!

Everyone tells me how much they enjoy making this raw vegan chocolate cake. It’s hassle-free and tastes great!

Health benefits of this raw vegan chocolate cake recipe

Raw cacao powder boasts a delicious, rich chocolate taste (free raw chocolate video recipes) but the goodness doesn’t stop there. It’s not heavily processed from the cacao bean, so it’s not stripped of flavonoids and nutrients as many common candy aisle chocolates are. It boosts brain function and is known to improve overall mood.

Walnuts have been said to have the highest level of quality antioxidants of any nut species. Plus, they’re high in vitamin E and rich in healthy fats. For these reasons, they play a role in keeping certain cancers at bay, regulating cholesterol levels and helping to prevent heart disease.

Dates are not only sweet, but they are thought to help prevent abdominal cancer. Dates are also known to help keep hunger pangs at bay, maintain a healthy digestive tract and boost eye health.

Sources for this article include:

Recipe/image source: http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-chocolate-cake-recipe/