Why not make your own healthy chocolate using cocoa? The preservative free, raw, antioxidant-rich kind of chocky leaves you satisfied after only a few pieces so you don't end up feeling bloated and down-right horrible after a normal processed sugar chocolate binge. Numerous studies have shown that antioxidants help prevent cancer, heart disease, age-related macular degeneration, as well as age related changes in general with their free radical fighting properties.
6 Health Benefits of Cocoa
- The antioxidant concentration in cocoa is twice as strong as red wine, 2-3 times stronger than green tea, and 3-4 times stronger than black tea (according to a study conducted at Cornell University).
- An antioxidant in cocoa (Gallic Acid Equivalents) is used to treat haemorrhages (bleeding), kidney disease and diabetes.
- Flavanols present in cocoa helps our body to process nitric oxide, which helps to improve blood flow, increases circulation and helps improve heart health.
- These flavanols also prevent our platelets (cells in our blood) from clumping together to form clots- the precursor to heart disease and stroke.
- According to the American Association of Advanced Science, eating/drinking cocoa can improve your brain function. This all comes down to the way the flavanols improve blood flow, and increased oxygen rich blood flow to the brain can help improve its functioning, and even ward off dementia.
- The flavinoid rich cocoa may reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in obese adults at risk of developing diabetes
1 cup raw mixed nuts
1 cup oats or 2/3 cup almond meal
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 scoop protein powder
pinch of salt
3 sticks of stevia (or add to taste)
2/3 cup of nut butter
2-3 tablespoons of almond milk
coconut flakes for rolling
- Place nuts and oats in a food processor and process for a couple of minutes.
- Add all other ingredients except almond milk and coconut flakes and mix well.
- Slowly add almond milk to make a consistent texture (your may use your hands to work this through)
- Shape into 20 balls using your hands, roll in coconut and place of a plate in the fridge. Enjoy!
Health note:when purchasing coconut flakes, make sure you read the ingredients list. A lot of manufacturers add sugar as a second ingredient to coconut products. Look for 100% coconut.
Macronutrient Information per serve (1 ball)
Energy = 75 Cal
Fat = 3.8g
Protein = 3.5g
Carbohydrate = 4.9g
Sugar = 0.5g