healthy dessert recipe: almond butter cups

almond butter cupsNaturmend’s Holistic Nutritionist, Tracy Theissen is pleased to share with you a healthy dessert recipe. These almond Butter Cups are both cleanse and detox approved!

Gluten-free, dairy free and with a vegan option, these almond butter cups are sure to satisfy you’re chocolate cravings AND offer nutrients too. Coconut flour is high in protein and fibre, while almond butter contains monounsaturated fats. These fats are heart healthy and blood sugar balancing. Coconut oil, the other main ingredient in this recipe, is known to have anti viral, anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties!

And the chocolate..? Let’s be honest. These are decadent enough to feel like you’re “cheating your cleanse” but raw cacao is a superfood that provides a healthy dose of antioxidants and magnesium.

(If you’re unsure of where to purchase raw cacao or coconut flour, any local health food store should carry it. We’re always happy to put some aside for you)

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup almond butter (*another nut butter may be used alternatively. To keep it cleanse friendly, ensure it’s raw and no preservatives or sweeteners have been added)
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp raw honey or pure maple syrup (vegan option) + 1 additional tbsp for chocolate coating
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao (or regular unsweetened cacao if you don’t have raw)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp cacao butter
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt (pink himalayan works great)

Method 

  1. Combine nut butter, coconut flour, honey/maple syrup. Form into patties and place on parchment paper on baking sheet in freezer until frozen (roughly an hour or two)
  2. In glass bowl, combine coconut oil and cacao butter and melt over boiling hot water. Add cacao powder and 1 tbsp honey/maple syrup.
  3. Remove cold patties from parchment paper and coat in chocolate mixture. Sprinkle himalayan sea salt on top. Place back on parchment paper and freeze for an additional hour.Optional to serve with a cold glass of unsweetened nut milk.. mmm.

Enjoy!

 

Tracy Thiessen RHN

TracyTracy Thiessen is a holistic nutritional consultant, RHN™.  Her interest in nutrition started at a young age, when she learned how to prepare meals but also began to question what was in the foods she ate.  Her curiosity and interest continued after seeing major improvements in her own health after modifying her diet and altering her lifestyle, which led her to study Nutrition.


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