Nutritionist Caitlin Rooney turns a classic dessert on its head with her wholefoods version of chocolate covered strawberries.
These strawberry and cacao bites are a perfect treat option to enjoy when you are craving something sweet. Reducing the amount of refined sugar in your diet doesn't mean you have to miss out on decadent treats or dessert. Love yourself enough to eat well – food is medicine!
This dessert is rich in cacao, which is incredibly high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidant properties, including iron, copper, calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc. Cacao is known to boost energy and mood, and increase mental alertness.
It also contains coconut oil, which is anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial. Its fatty acid profile boosts energy and metabolism, stabilises blood sugar levels and can improve digestion. The recipe also includes honey, which is medicinal and full of nutrients, enzymes and amino acids. It is also known to increase calcium absorption, and is even a natural antibiotic.
The strawberries themselves have amazing health benefits, particularly on a cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory level. And last but not least, maca is an incredible herb, which is known to balance and regulate hormones and adrenal function.
Decadent Strawberry Delights
Ice cube tray
6 strawberries – cut into halves
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon maca powder
1 cup cacao nibs OR ½ cup coconut oil, ¼ cup cacao butter and ½ cup cacao powder
Place half a strawberry into each ice cube hole.
Melt cacao nibs or coconut oil, cacao butter and cacao powder in a double boiler saucepan.
When melted, add in honey and maca powder. Stir through until all is combined.
Feel free to add in extra honey or 100% peppermint essential oil in for extra taste or sweetness.
Once melted, pour chocolate over strawberries until they are covered.
Place in freezer until completely set.
Pop out of the ice cube tray and enjoy!
Caitlin Rooney is a nutritionist and the founder of health and wellness portal Radiant and Nourished. Caitlin promotes a holistic approach to nutrition, and believes a good diet, positive lifestyle changes and emotional and spiritual happiness can assist the body to heal itself. Caitlin runs nutrition and cooking workshops and yoga retreats.
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