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Dark Chocolate, Coconut and Nut Clusters

This is a nutrition packed, high fibre chocolate treat loaded with antioxidants that can be eaten after a meal as a dessert or in the afternoon as a snack.

Dark Chocolate, Coconut and Nut Clusters (10-14 pieces)

90 g dark chocolate – 85-95% cacao

100 ml roasted almond flakes

50 ml roasted sunflower seed

100 ml roasted pumpkin seeds

100 ml roasted coconut flakes

1.5 tbsp cacao nibs

2.5 tbsp chia seeds

1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon

 

Method:

1. Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt in a bowl over simmering water.

2. Keep stirring to avoid the chocolate getting overheated or burned. Add all nuts, seeds and the cinnamon. If you are missing an ingredient just replace it with something from the list or with another nut or seed for example pecan, pistachio, walnuts, sesame seed etc. Mix the ingredients together.

3. Scoop up in klusters on baking paper and put into the fridge for 1 hour.

4. Store in an airtight container or freezer.

Tips: Serve it dipped in organic sugar-free peanut butter or with a mix of fresh berries.

 

Health benefits:

 

Nuts general:

Nuts are our superfood, anti-inflammatory and contain polyphenols (antioxidants), which may protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals. They are high in fiber and help to keep you full, balance blood sugar levels and improve gut health.

Nuts may also lower total, LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides and at the same time boosting the good HDL cholesterol.

 

Pumpkin seeds 

Pumpkin seeds are rich in antioxidants like carotenoids and vitamin E which helps to protect against disease and to reduce inflammation. Pumpkin seeds also contains iron, zinc and is rich in magnesium. Magnesium is important for many body functions including blood pressure, blood sugar, muscle, energy production and nerve function. Magnesium also helps blood vessels to relax and is important for bone development.

 

Cacao nibs 

Cacao nibs are highly nutritious. They contain protein, fiber, healthy fats, minerals and plant compounds like flavonoids that is a powerful antioxidant.

Be aware that cocoa beans contain the stimulants caffeine and theobromine. They provide some health benefits but can also cause adverse effects when consumed in excess so be careful if eating them too late in the evening as it can affect sleep.

 

Chia seeds 

Chia seeds are highly nutritious and high in antioxidants. They contain fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds are also high in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and ALA which all supports improved bone mineral density.

Adding chia seeds to your diet is an easy way to add nutrients by adding to smoothies, porridge, salads, muesli, and baked goods.

 

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