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Almond, Apricot and Chocolate Chip Energy Bars

posted by Joan Palmer

Energy Bars

Taken from Women’s Running Magazine March 2018

  • 150g (5oz) medjool dates
  • 100g (31/2 oz) ready to eat apricots
  • 125g (4oz) ground almonds
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 25g (1 oz) dark chocolate chips

Place the dates in a food processor with the apricots, almonds, cocoa powder and cinnamon, and process until the mixture starts to clump together.

Add the chocolate chips and pulse until it forms the consistency of stiff cookie dough.

Spread in a cling film lined tray or in a square between 2 sheets of cling film (I didn’t quite manage to cover the bottom of a 20cm square tin)

Chill for an hour until firm and cut into pieces.

Store in fridge for up to a week or in freezer up to 3 months.

A chocolate dessert made with good fats!

posted by Joan Palmer

Gluten Free Banana Bread

This rich dessert is a great way to get your chocolate fix as you won’t want a huge portion and it contains the good fats from avacados. I found this recipe on the Dr. Axe website.

  • ½ cup medjool dates soaked for 2-3 hours
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 3 avacados mashed
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup water

Blend dates, maple syrup and vanilla. Add the avocado, cocoa powder and water and continue to blend until all mixed.

Although Avacados have a high fat content, these are good fats for the body. Avacados are very high in omega 3 fatty acids, the good kind of fat, in the form of alpha-linolenic acid. Monounsaturated fats can help lower cholesterol and improve heart health. Avacados also have a higher percentage of protein and a lower sugar content than other fruits. They also contain a good level of fibre which is important to keep the gut heathy.

There are many nutrients in a 100g serving

  • Vitamin K: 26% of the RDA.
  • Folate: 20% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin C: 17% of the RDA.
  • Potassium: 14% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B5: 14% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B6: 13% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin E: 10% of the RDA.
  • Then it contains small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin).

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