Tuesday’s Tasty Treats: Chocolate & Beetroot Cupcakes

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Chocolate & Beetroot Cup Cakes

Yes! Chocolate and beetroot! It’s an amazing combination! Beetroot is an excellent detoxifier and cleanser, helping the liver do its job, and when combined with the taste of raw cacao it makes these cupcakes deliciously healthy. Plus they are grain free, sugar free, and dairy free.

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Ingredients

  • 4 organic eggs
  • ½ cup of Coconut Flour
  • ½ cup of xylitol
  • 1 cooked beetroot chopped, (takes about 45 minutes in the oven)
  • 1 tbsp of Cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil
  • ½ cup of coconut milk
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of vanilla powder
  • few drops of stevia

Blend the eggs in a blender, add in xylitol and beetroot. Blend again.

Next add the coconut milk, coconut oil, sea salt, stevia and vanilla. Blend again. Lastly add the coconut flour and cacao powder and blend well until thoroughly mixed.

Spoon mixture into cupcake holders and place in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 200C.

Enjoy!

Sarah HookTuesday’s Tasty Treats is a weekly column bringing you the  best, most delicious and easy raw food recipes to help maintain and support a healthy lifestyle. Brought to you by Chakra Center’s own raw food goddess, Sarah Hook.

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Tuesday’s Tasty Treats: Chocolate Raisin Fudge

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Chocolate Raisin Fudge

  • 1 cup of Cashewscashew fudge
  • 1-2 chopped medjool dates
  • 1/3 cup of Organic Raisins
  • 1/3 cup of Coconut Oil
  • 1 tbsp of Cacao Powder
  • 1 tsp of sea salt
  • pinch of vanilla powder

Add cashews to blender and blend to a powder, then add sea salt, vanilla, and cacao powder and mix again. Add in the medjool dates and raisin and blend, then finally add the coconut oil and blend to a dough.

Spoon out and put into a rectangular dish and pop in the freezer for 30 minutes until firm.

Enjoy!

Recipe by nutritional health coach and raw food chef, Sarah Hook.

Tuesday’s Tasty Treats: Chocolate Bliss Balls

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Chocolate Bliss Balls

These balls are so quick and easy to make, and like all my IMG_0972recipes, they are great for on-the-go sweet treats that will give you energy and super nutrients too!

Plus they are chocolaty goodness… yum!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powderIMG_0974
  • ½ cup of melted cacao butter
  • 1 tbsp of raw honey
  • ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup of sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup of soaked almonds
  • ½ cup of oats
  • 4 medjool dates de-pitted
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of vanilla powder
  • ¼ cup of raisins

In a blender add the seeds,nuts,oats, vanilla, sea salt and blend into a fine flour.

Then add the dates & raisins slowly until you get a cookie IMG_0964dough consistency.

In another bowl mix the cacao butter, cacao powder and honey together into a smooth sauce.

Roll the cookie dough mix into mini balls, cover in the chocolate sauce, and pop into the freezer to set for 20 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

Recipe by holistic health food coach and raw food chef, Sarah Hook.

Tuesday’s Tasty Treats: Cinnamon & Raisin Cacao Chunks

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Another one of my favorite sweet treats!

  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon heart cinnamon chunks
  • ½ cup of melted cacao butter
  • 1 dropperdul of stevia
  • 1tbsp of raisins
  • 1 tbsp of chopped hazelnuts

Mix everything together and pour into a mold of your choice. (I like ice cube trays). Place in the freezer for 20 minutes and serve!

So easy! And the cinnamon is brilliant for blood sugar and an anti inflammatory — such a great combination with Cacao

Enjoy!

Sarah HookSarah Hook is a Holistic health coach, Raw Food Chef, and Creator of Juice Rehab – The Juice Detox in the UK. She loves Yoga, being outside in nature, being barefoot, meditating, and being creative in every area of life.

Tuesday’s Tasty Treats: Coconut Cookie Dough Balls

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Coconut Cookie Dough Balls

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 2 cups raw, flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 dropperful of stevia
  • ¼ cup of Lucuma powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup Cacao nibs

Firstly blend the nuts into tiny pieces, then add the rest to the blender and pulse (or you can mix really well by hand in a big bowl).

Make sure everything is evenly coated.

Roll mixture into balls.

You can freeze for 10 mins or eat straight away, depending on how firm you prefer your balls.

Super easy! And Super Yummy!

Enjoy!

Recipe by Sarah Hook

Tuesday’s Tasty Treats: Peanut Butter Smoothie

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Some mornings just call out for something a little different to the usual green smoothie or green juice – something which is also nutritiously delicious too!

This is one of my favorite decadent smoothies; taste’s so naughty but is soo good for you. Also a great post work out drink!

And who doesn’t like Peanut Butter??!

Peanut Butter Smoothie 

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 large frozen ripe bananas
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 3 tbsp natural peanut butter (raw if possible)
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla

Blend all the ingredients together and enjoy!

You can add ice if you wish for a perfect summer drink.

Tuesday’s Tasty Treats: Kale Crisps

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Kale Crisps

These are my favorite savory snack ever! And they’re made from Kale. Kale is super good for you, loaded with vitamins, minerals and my favorite green superfood.

Even better, these cheesy garlic kale crisps/chips are the perfect replacement for potato chips, because they taste naughty and they are especially good for you. Kids love them too!

Ingredients:

  • Bunch of Kale
  • Cup of cashews
  • 4 tbsp of nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp of sea salt
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of onion powder
  • ¼ cup of water.
  • ½ tsp of turmeric (optional)

Blend all of the ingredients together, until creamy. Put kale into a large bowl and pour on the mixture, massage gently into kale until covered.

Place the kale onto dehydrator sheets, pop into the dehydrator at 105 F for 10-12 hrs until crunchy.

(If you don’t have a dehydrator you could put them in your oven on the very lowest setting.. and keep a close eye on them until they are crisp )

Enjoy!

Tuesday’s Tasty Treats are brought to you by Chakra Center’s  raw food extraordinaire, Sarah Hook (see our staff-and-contributors page for details on Sarah and other contributors at Chakra Center).

Tuesday’s Tasty Treats: Chocolate Chip Honey Banana Popsicle

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Chocolate chip Honey Banana Popsicle: – The easiest, simplest Raw Vegan snack Ever!!

All you need:

  • Frozen Banana
  • cacao Nibs
  • Raw Honey
  • Bee pollen

Spread the Raw honey on one side of the frozen banana. Top with Cacao Nibs and Bee pollen. Eat.

A great snack or dessert, if you’re in need for something sweet, or for a pre or post gym work out snack, or if you’re feeling a little stressed out…

Here’s the low down on the benefits.

 Raw Honey:

Honey is more digestible than any other sweetener, natural or artificial. It is because it is not only predigested, but it also contains enzymes to help it along. It is easier on the body because of its chemical structure and does not cause a huge insulin rush the same as sugar does.

Cacao Nibs:

Antioxidants: 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. Health benefits of these antioxidants include:

  • Promote cardiovascular health – Help dilate bloods vessels, reduce blood clotting, improve circulation, help regulate heartbeat and blood pressure, lower LDL cholesterol, and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attacks.
  • Protect from environmental and metabolic toxins – Help repair and resist damage caused by free radicals, and may reduce risk of certain cancers.
  • Neurotransmitters: By increasing the levels of specific neurotransmitters in our brains, cacao promotes positive outlook, facilitates rejuvenation and simply helps us feel good.
  • Serotonin – Cacao raises the level of serotonin in the brain; thus acts as an anti-depressant, helps reduce PMS symptoms, and promotes a sense of well-being.
    • Endorphins – Cacao stimulates the secretion of endorphins, producing a pleasurable sensation similar to the “runner’s high” a jogger feels after running several miles.
    • Phenylethylamine – Found in chocolate, phenylethylamine is also created within the brain and released when we are in love. Acts as mild mood elevator and anti-depressant, and helps increase focus and alertness.
    • Anandamide – Anandamide is known as the “bliss chemical” because it is released by the brain when we are feeling great. Cacao contains both N-acylethanolamines, believed to temporarily increase the levels of anandamide in the brain, and enzyme inhibitors that slow its breakdown. Promotes relaxation, and helps us feel good longer.
    • Essential Minerals: Cacao beans are rich in a number of essential minerals, including magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese.
    • Magnesium – Cacao seems to be the #1 source of magnesium of any food. Magnesium balances brain chemistry, builds strong bones, and helps regulate heartbeat and blood pressure. Magnesium deficiency, present in 80% of Americans, is linked with PMT, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and joint problems.
    • Sulfur – Cacao is high in the beauty mineral sulfur. Sulfur builds strong nails and hair, promotes beautiful skin, detoxifies the liver, and supports healthy pancreas functioning.
  • Essential fats – There is a mis-perception that chocolate is fattening. In truth, the fats in cocoa butter are healthy fats. Cacao contains oleic acid, a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, also found in olive oil, which may raise good cholesterol. Also, substances found in cacao are known to help reduce appetite.

Important note- to fully benefit from chocolate’s wide array of nutrients, eat chocolate that is as close to its natural state as possible. Whole cacao beans and nibs are best. You lose many of the health benefits when you eat commercially produced chocolate.

Bananas:

Bananas can act as mood enhancers or mild sedatives: Bananas contain tryptophan (although it’s not one of the major sources, a medium still contains about 10.6 mg of tryptophan). Tryptophan is one of the 20 amino acids, which are building blocks of proteins (btw, an incredible number of articles on the internet call tryptophan as a “mood-enhancing protein” and that is technically not correct). Tryptophan helps the body to produce serotonin – which has a calming effect on the brain (creates a stable mood) and acts as a mild sedative. It should be noted that the only way our body gets it’s dose of tryptophan is through our diet – it does not produce tryptophan naturally; bananas is one of the easiest ways to get it.

Bee Pollen:

Taking bee pollen, whether the granules or another form, helps to lower stress levels and enables people to better cope with stress.

This is one of the important health benefits of bee pollen, since controlling stress can impact many other aspects of health. Important vitamins, fatty acids, and amino acids are included in bee pollen that aid with mood regulation, which means that stress can be lowered and better controlled when adding these supplements to your life.

Enjoy pleasure seekers xxx

Tuesday’s Tasty Treats are brought to you by ChakraCenter’s  raw food extraordinaire, Sarah Hook (see our staff-and-contributors page for details on Sarah and other contributors at Chakra Center).

Tuesday’s Tasty Treats: Blueberry & Blackberry Crumble

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Another quick and simple recipe. The most time I spent was picking the blackberries!

I love the sweet and sour taste of the blueberries and blackberries together and with the sweet caramel nut and date topping. It tastes like heaven!

Crumble Topping 

1/2 cup walnuts

½ cup of almonds

1/2 cup pitted medjool  dates

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/3 cup ground raw oat groats, or regular oats

Pinch of salt

1-2 teaspoons water

1tsp Cinnamon

In a food processor/blender, grind all ingredients together into a crumbly texture. Transfer to a bowl and make the filling.

Filling

1 cup blueberries

3-4 dates, pitted and chopped

1-2 teaspoons lemon juice

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2 cups blueberries

2 cups blackberries

Blend the first three ingredients in a food processor.

Transfer to a bowl and mix in the 4 cups of blueberries/blackberries Spread the mixture into the bottom of a pan. Sprinkle the crumble topping over the top. Set in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour and serve!

I served mine with some Coconut yogurt, strawberries and some raw chocolate squares. Yum!

Tuesday’s Tasty Treats are brought to you by Chakra Center’s raw food extraordinaire, Sarah Hook (see our staff-and-contributors page for details on Sarah and other contributors at Chakra Center).