Eating an 80% raw diet is a really good goal to work towards for vibrant health. Raw food gives you so much more energy and glowing skin too. I love the health benefits, but I definitely have a big sweet tooth to deal with. Below is one of my favourite recipes when I’m craving something ultra-sweet. This recipe satisfies my sugar craving while making me feel uber-heathly at the same time. Enjoy!
1.5 tsp raw maca powder (optional)
1 tbsp organic ground cinnamon
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1/4 cup organic dark chocolate chips
8-10 soft medjool dates, pits removed
1/2 cup raw almonds
1 tsp pure organic vanilla extract
Place all ingredients into a high power food processor and blend until small pebbles form. Roll into balls and refrigerate. Makes approximately 10 cookie balls.
In case you are curious, below is a little info on the two key ingredients:
MACA: This plant is known as the Peruvian “ginseng” even though it’s not ginseng at all. However, it is known to increase energy, stamina, libido and reduce stress. It is an adaptogen, meaning, it’s important to take over a longer period of time to notice the effects. Maca is also very nourishing to the pituitary and hypothalmus glands, making it a very hormonally balancing food.
Raw Cacao: The purest form of chocolate on planet earth! This food’s effect on mood and libido is due to it’s natural chemicals including anandamide and PEA which are known to make you feel more “blissful” and “loving”. Additionally, this libido-booster stimulates feel good hormones such as endorphins and may increase serotonin since it’s a source of tryptophan. Raw cacao is also an excellent source of antioxidants.