maandag 21 april 2014

#100daysofhappy - Day 20 A chocolate treat a day ….

Happy Food pur sang is of course chocolate. I guess chocolate is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. 

A little science - lesson; chocolate causes the brain to release endorphins, a little chemical that makes us feel good. Next to the happy effect, the higher the cocoa content in the chocolate, the better. Cocoa contains a high concentration of flavonoids, which is good for a healthy hearth, blood pressure, prevents cancer and a whole lots of other benefits.

But let's cut to the chase; eating a lot of sweet and sugary chocolate is not good for you. I try to eat a piece of chocolate with at least 85% cocoa content every day. However it takes time to get used to the bitter flavor. 

This recipe is easy, extremely quick and extremely tasty. 

For 10 chocolates you'll need:

20 dates
2 table spoons of oil (either olive or sunflower)
3 large table spoons of organic cacao powder (preferably raw)
1 table spoon of dried coconut
2 large table spoons of crushed almonds

Mash the dates together with the oil, coconut and cacao powder until you have a smooth mixture (it tents to get pretty sticky, be prepared ;)). 
Roll about 10 to 15 tiny balls. Roll the balls through the crushed almonds, you can also use coconut or pistachio for example. Place the chocolate balls in the fridge for about 25 minutes.

Be sure to not eat them at once!!

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