[Recipe] Raw Cacao Cherry Brownie

An excellent pre-work out snack that will give you lots of energy coming from good sources of carbohydrates, medium chain triglycerides and omega fatty acids. The delicious brownies also contain lots of healthy minerals that we need to replenish when we sweat at the gym. It also contains antioxidants to help heal those muscle fibres and increase your recovery rate.

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What you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups dates, pitted
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Celtic salt (*or Himalayan)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted

What you do:

  1. Place everything in the food processor and blend until combined.
  2. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove from freezer and cut into desired shape.
  4. Serve with fresh cherries.

This recipe comes straight from yum. gluten free magazine March 2014 and it is created by Melissa Ambrosini.

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Almond Cocoa Truffles

Almond Cocoa Truffles

Another gluten/dairy/sugar/egg free recipe for times when you want to eat something sweet or when you want to supercharge your body with energy and hit the gym.

As most of the times, I never really measure the ingredients but improvise on what’s available in my cupboard (that’s all the fun about it!), however I will try to write down the measurements as accurately as possible.

Ingredients

300 grams of raw almonds (optional: can be soaked for four hours)

a handful of sunflower seeds

3 heaped tablespoons of raw cocoa powder

3-4 tablespoons of coconut oil

2-3 tablespoons of coconut milk or other liquid

1 -2 tablespoons of honey

2-3 tablespoons of Xylitol

1 tablespoon of gluten-free oats

2 tablespoons of dried coconut shreds

1 vanilla bean or 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract

Directions

Put almonds in a high-speed blender such as Blendtec and press Pulse few times and then add all other ingredients and press pre-programmed button for Batters or Pulse all ingredients few times until preferred texture achieved. Add 2-3 tablespoons of coconut milk or other liquid at the end, only if needed to help the blender to mix. Roll them in coconut shreds into small balls. Refrigerate and serve.

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