written by Jamie Shaw
I am sure many of you feel the same way when you hear the word DESSERTS. Automatically words like processed, sugar, high glycemic index jump into your head. But healthy desserts do exist and there are many recipes out there!
This recipe is free of white/refined sugar. There are so many health detriments that come with consuming refined sugar. Sugar contains no minerals, protein, fat, fibre, or enzymes and is just empty calories. When you consume sugar your body actually has to borrow vital nutrients from cells to metabolize it! This can lead to diabetes, osteoporosis, weight gain, and much more. So lets do our best to avoid refined sugar.
Today I am going to provide you with a recipe for Raspberry Cacao Hemp Bites, which was created by Chef Doug McNish and can be found in his new cookbook Eat Raw, Eat Well. It is raw, vegan, gluten-free, and nutrient dense- yet a delicious treat!
Raspberry Chocolate Cacao Hemp Bites
Created by Doug McNish
1.5 cups Hemp Hearts (Or Seeds)
2 cups Organic Raspberries (Or Strawberries)
1/2 cup Raw Cacao Powder
1/2 cup Maple Syrup
1/4 cup Filtered Water
1/4 cup Melted Coconut Oil (melt over low heat until it becomes liquid)
1. In a blender or food processor, combine hemp hearts, raspberries, cacao powder, maple syrup. Blend for approx. 30 seconds.
2. Add water and coconut oil and continue blending until smooth.
3. Transfer to a baking dish and refrigerate overnight. Sprinkle with raspberries.
4. Cut and serve.
Nutritional Information about the Ingredients:
1.5 cups hemp hearts (soak for 30 minutes, discard water)
Hemp hearts are a superfood- which are a great source of fatty acids that contain both omega 3’s and 6’s. Also very high in B vitamins
Health benefits, including: supporting healthy weight loss, increased and sustained energy, lowered cholesterol and blood pressure, reduced inflammation, Improved digestive health, natural blood sugar control.
2 cups organic raspberries or strawberries
(use what is in season if you can)
Full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients
Excellent source of vitamin A, E, C
They are rich in B-complex group of vitamins and vitamin K. The berries contain very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, and folic acid. These vitamins function as co-factors and help the body in the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fat
1/2-cup raw cacao
Cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than any food tested so far, including blueberries, red wine, and black and green teas. In fact, it has up to four times the quantity of antioxidants found in green tea
Promotes cardiovascular health
Increases neurotransmitter levels which promotes rejuvenation and simply makes you feel good
Raises levels of serotonin which acts as an anti-depressant
Stimulates the secretion of endorphins
Packed full of essential minerals such as manganese, sulfur, calcium, zinc
1/3-cup maple syrup
Maple syrup is a natural sweetener which contains many antioxidants which prevent disease caused by free radical damage
Also contains high levels of zinc and manganese which help boost the immune system and protect the heart
1/4-cup filtered water
This way you are not adding any unwanted chemicals or fluoride to the mix
1/4-cup melted coconut oil (melt over low heat till liquid)
Great source of fatty acids
Promotes weight loss by naturally increasing metabolism
Helps keep thyroid healthy
Cooking with coconut oil can benefit your digestive system because it contains saturated fats with anti-microbial properties, which help prevent parasites, bacteria and other causes of indigestion
Helps improve immune system
Enjoy all the amazing health benefits of Raspberry Cacao hemp bits, since it is a great source of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and packed with antioxidants and much more. Enjoy without the guilt!
Jamie Shaw is currently studying to be a Certified Nutritional Practitioner at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. Prior to this she completed an Undergraduate Degree in Kinesiology from Western University. Jamie has worked as a Kinesiologist at a Physiotherapy clinic where she also did personal training and sports rehabilitation. Jamie is very enthusiastic about all things involving health, nutrition and overall wellness. This being why she has founded Pure Life Nutrition and Wellness. She is excited to share her knowledge and do everything she can to help others. Jamie has an online presence which she maintains through blogging for her website. You can also find her on Facebook and twitter.