Homemade snickers with adaptogens

Homemade chocolate is seriously something you need to consider. This one is packed with superpowers, is easy to make, and is SUPER delicious. Say hello to homemade vegan snickers with the adaptogens ashwagandha and maca!

ADAPTOGENS: What on earth is an adaptogen? They are a unique group of herbal ingredients used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to improve health and especially the adrenal system which is the system that is in charge of managing your body's hormonal response to stress (such as cortisol). The name comes from the herbs ability to adapt to your body's needs (1). They are great herbs if you have experiences stress, or you need help to heal. You can usually get them in your health food or specialty store, or on Amazon or iHerb.

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ASHWAGANDHA: Ashwagandha is an adaptogen herb belonging to the tomato family that has been used in India and Sri Lanka for the past 5,000 years in Ayurvedic medicine. The past few years the herb has gained attraction in the wellness world again with good reason. It is well known to help the body reduce stress and strengthen the immune system after illness, and is used against mental and physical exhaustion. Other benefits are to reducing anxiety and depression, as well as improving concentration. Yes, please?!

MACA: Maca root is also an adaptogen and is in the same family as (radical) broccoli and cabbage, but it has even more unique properties than these vegetables. Maca is grown in South America, mainly in Peru. Maca contains 18% protein and contains a whole range of nutrients such as magnesium and iron. Maca is known to balance hormones for both men and women (PMS, menopause, fertility, testosterone, and estrogen), and is also used for energy and mood-boosting effects.

Snickers with adaptogens

Ingredients Bottom layer

  • 1/5 cup almond butter

  • 1,5 tbs coconut flour

Caramel sauce

  • 6 big Medjool dates

  • 1 tsp maca powder

  • 1 tsp ashwagandha

  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil

  • 1/4 cup cashews

Chocolate layer

  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil

  • 50 g cacao paste

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Directions

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Bottom layerMix the almond butter and coconut flour, and place the mixture on a greaseproof paper. Form the mix into a 1 cm thick square using your hands, and place it in the freezer for about 30 minutes.Caramel sauceWhile waiting for it to freeze, start preparing the caramel sauce. Place the Medjool dates, adaptogens and coconut oil in a blender, and blend the mix until it has a creamy consistency. Take the bottom layer out of the freezer and spread the caramel sauce on top with a spatula. Gently sprinkle over the nuts and place everything back into the freezer for about 30 minutes.Chocolate layerLastly, place about 30 grams of chocolate paste and 1 tbs of coconut oil in a pan, melt it, and with a spoon drizzle it over the bars. Make sure to cover the top and the sides. Place everything back in the freezer and wait 30 minutes, then they are ready to be served! They melt really fast so they are best out of the freezer. Hope you like it!Enjoy them while they last!

Heartwarming hot chocolate & 8 benefits of it

Real, raw cacao is one of the foods that contain the most magnesium - a mineral that affects almost all symptoms related to your hormones. Fun fact: this is actually why girls usually crave chocolate at certain times of the month! Here are eight additional benefits of this amazing food(1):

  1. It can regulate cortisol (the body's stress hormone)
  2. It can help you sleep better
  3. It can activate vitamin D in your body
  4. It can be anti-aging
  5. It can help create hormones
  6. It can be used as fuel for energy-creation in your cells
  7. It can aid your thyroid in its work
  8. It can reduce your blood sugar

This yummy hot chocolate is made from raw cacao, and it tastes delicious. Not a night goes by without a cup of hot cocoa during the fall and winter months. You may find that it tastes a bit bitter in the beginning, but after a while, you will think that regular chocolate tastes super sweet! We have written more about raw chocolate here.SAMSUNG CSC

Heartwarming hot chocolate (2 cups):

  • Optional plant-based milk
  • Either 2 tsp raw cacao or a medium sized bite raw cacao (solid)

Heat the drink in a casserole over medium heat, but make sure that it doesn't boil. There are dozens of things you can add to pimp your cocoa, like chili, cinnamon, nuts, honey or coconut sugar.Raw cacao in any form can be found at your health store, iHerb or other online stores. Simple & delicious!SAMSUNG CSC

Eat more raw chocolate

Most of us have good associations with chocolate. It's a really good thing to enjoy with friends. Or just by yourself. Luckily, eating healthier doesn't have to mean giving up chocolate. If you choose the right one, it can actually really benefit your health. The difference between the "good" and the "regular" types are the ingredients and how it has been produced. "Regular" chocolate contains milk or milk powder, refined sugar and often lots of additives.
//De aller fleste har gode assosiasjoner til sjokolade. Det er skikkelig hyggelig å spise det sammen med andre. Og alene. Heldigvis behøver man ikke å gi opp sjokolade for alltid selv om man vil spise litt bedre. Verdens beste nyhet er at sjokolade på den riktige måten har vist seg å gi mange helsefordeler. Ofte har man hørt at sjokolade kan være sunt i små mengder, men da bør man se nærmere på hva slags sjokolade dette gjelder! Forskjellen på "vanlig" og rå sjokolade er innholdet og måten den har blitt behandlet på. "Vanlig" sjokolade inneholder melk eller melkepulver, raffinert sukker og gjerne en lang liste uvisse ingredienser og aromaer.
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What is raw cacao?
Cacao is called raw when it's not been heated above 41 degrees. All the nutrition is still intact, which is why this is more beneficial for us. Raw cacao is one of nature's strongest antioxidants.
  • Raw cacao mass (that we can make our own chocolate from) is cacao beans pressed at a really low temperature. The cacao butter is not separated, as it is in raw cacao powder. This means that cacao mass is a little less bitter than cacao powder.
  • Raw cacao powder is what's left when you separate cacao butter fra cacao beans, and pulverise it.

How do you use it?Raw cacao can be used to make a good cup of hot chocolate, brownies, see our recipe (here), homemade chocolate, chocolate mousse, in granola, in smoothies, milkshakes, chocolate chia porridge, etc. You can also use it in cooking such as for adding extra flavour to chili con (or sin) carne. For more inspiration, see more recipes here.

//Hva er rå kakao?

Kakaoen kalles  når den ikke har blitt varmet opp over 41 grader. Alle næringsstoffene er fortsatt intakt, og det er derfor denne typen sjokolade er bedre for oss. Rå kakao er en av de sterkeste antioksidantene vi finner i naturen!

  • Rå kakaomasse (som man kan lage egen sjokolade/kakao av) er kakaobønner som er presset på veldig lav varme. Her er ikke kakaosmøret skilt ut, slik det er i rått kakaopulverDette betyr at kakaomasse smaker litt mindre bittert enn kakaopulver.
  • Rått kakaopulver er det som blir igjen når du skiller kakaosmør fra kakaobønner, og pulveriserer dette.

Hvordan bruker man det?Rå kakao kan brukes til å lage en god kopp kakao, brownies (se video eller vår oppskrift her), hjemmelaget sjokolade, sjokolademousse, blandes i muesli, i smoothies, milkshake, sjokoladechiagrøt, trøfler etc. Kakaomasse/pulver kan også brukes i matretter som f eks chili con(sin) carne for å gi en ekstra god smak. For mer inspirasjon, se flere oppskrifter her. SONY DSCDid you know that raw cacao:

  • Contains more antioxidants than blueberries and wine?
  • Contains up to 7 times more antioxidants than "regular" dark chocolate?
  • Is the food with highest level of magnesium of all foods, and that this mineral is nr. 1 for a good heart function?
  • Contains a substance that we also release when we're in love (PEA)?

 Visste du at rå kakao:

  • Har høyere innhold av antioksidanter enn både blåbær og vin?
  • Inneholder opptil 7 ganger mer antioksitantenheter enn en typisk vanlig mørk sjokolade?
  • Er maten med høyest innhold av magnesium av alle vanlige matvarer, og at dette er mineral nr. 1 for en god hjertefunksjon?
  • Inneholder et adrenalinlignende stoff (PEA) som frigjøres når vi er forelsket?
  • Har innhold av aminosyren tryptofan som kan gjøre at man sover bedre?

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