It’s a beautiful, sunny, fresh autumnal day in Bristol (my favourite kind of day), which I would capture on camera if my photography skills were up to it. But they’re not, so you’re just going to have to trust me on this one. Not only is it gorgeous outside, the day also started well with a hardcore hour and a half of yoga. I was quite impressed with myself as last night I went to bed with a stomach ache and nausea, and woke up still feeing ropey. I blame the wraps I posted about last night… Maybe I can’t digest nuts and seeds very well, and in combination with starchy foods, but I’ve almost given up in trying to understand my digestive system. Anyway, this afternoon I made a batch of Raw Chocolate Bombs, inspired by Charlie, of Charlie’s Raw Treats fame. She kindly sent out a recipe book of 5 treats to those who recieve her newsletter, and this recipe is adapted from there. Wow, do they taste good. I’m even giving them as a gift to a friend for her birthday; rarely do I trust my cooking (or un-cooking) enough to give the results as gifts. I’ve recycled a Swedish Glaze carton to use as the present box. And yes, I used my new food processor, which is still amazing.
Raw Chocolate Bombs
50g sundried goji berries, soaked in warm water for 30 mins to soften
100g almonds, soaked for 6 hours (apparently this makes them easier to digest, which is always good)
60g raw cacao powder
Strain the almonds and the goji berries, squeezing any excess liquid out of the goji berries. Put all the ingredients into your food processor and mix until a dough is formed (takes about a minute or two). Then roll out the dough into little balls, and put them in an airtight container in your fridge to firm them up. Or just eat them straight away!
Whilst your munching on these delights, you can ruminate over how good these are for you, especially as they contain superfoods:
Almonds are great for your skin as they are rich in vitamin E, as well as magnesium, manganese, and other vitamins and minerals. Studies have also shown that they can lower LDL-cholesterol and protect against heart disease and diabetes. Furthermore, there’s no need to worry about weight gain (unless you eat them in ridiculous quantities) as apparently they contain good fats, and can guard against weight gain. They may even help on a weight loss diet. Bare in mind, that when eaten roasted and salted their health benefits dramatically decrease so keep them unadulterated.
Goji berries are rich in amino acids, dietary fibre, and loads of other nutrients. Weight for weight, they have more vitamin C than an orange, more iron than a steak, and more beta-carotene than carrots (which is a relief because they are rather pricey). I’m not sure if they are very good in terms of food miles though (they have to be imported from China, Tibet and Mongolia; but on the other hand this may boost the places econonies).
Raw cacao has loads of antioxidants; more than green tea, red wine and goji berries combined. As well as a concentration of magnesium, chromium, and iron (and is also expensive to buy!). It’s also good for your skin, heart, and helps with the management of chronic diseases such as diabetes.
I feel even better about devouring these now! :)