When we think of healing we often go straight to the physical; healing our bones, our skin, our digestive system – yet, sometimes we need a little bit of self-indulgence or as its known ‘chocolate therapy’ to support the healing process.
Cacao is naturally rich in antioxidants and minerals such as magnesium. Cacao also has this amazing ability to support and even boost our moods! The nuts included in the recipe provide a delicious source of good fats, protein and fibre – all which help support a happy digestive system and in turn support our mind.
I N G R E D I E N T S
2 cups of hazelnut meal
½ cup of desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons chia seeds
½ cup chopped mixed nuts (hazelnuts, cashews, pecans and almonds work deliciously)
2 tablespoons of maple syrup (optional)
4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
pinch of salt to season
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the hazelnut meal, chia seeds, chopped nuts, cinnamon and salt. Mix well with a wooden spoon.
Add the wet ingredients and mix well. The mixture should look quite dry but when squeezed in your hand should stick together.
Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, scoop out the mixture into cookies and place on a lined baking tray – do not flatten.
Place into the oven and bake for 30 minutes until golden. Set aside and allow to cool completely – as the cookies cool they should harden.
While waiting for cookies to cook, create the chocolate coating.
Once cookies are completely cooled, dip into chocolate mixture and place in the fridge to harden.
About Alyce Cimino
Alyce is a Northern Beaches local and has a passion for whole food nutrition and herbal medicine. Alyce is an Endeavour alumnus (BHs Naturopathy) and founder of AHARA HEALTH. It was her dream to encourage others to use food as medicine, support health and boost wellbeing and vitality. Alyce believes that good health starts with good food and it is the most important building block for wellness.
Naturopaths will often look to the gut when determining the origin of many types of disease. Prebiotics by definition is foods or ingredients that selectively promote the growth or activity of beneficial microorganisms (gut bacteria), and are different to the bacteria themselves called probiotics. Prebiotic foods in this recipe include; onion, garlic, asparagus, chickpeas and the vegetables in general. Promoting the growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria has flow-on effects to improve digestive function, the immune system, mental health, skin health and almost every aspect of health.
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