Sweetly Raw – Mint Chocolate Squares, Chocolate Smoothie Bowl & GIVEAWAY
Happy New Year, friends! I hope this year is off to a great start for you. This is my first blog post of 2018 and I have some sweet, yet extra healthy recipes to share with you that are raw, vegan, gluten free, and nut free: mint chocolate squares, an iron boosting chocolate smoothie bowl, an acai smoothie bowl AND last but not least, a giveaway!
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It seems that many people are still on some kind of detox mode after the holidays (we just finished the 7 day group sugar cleanse). Regardless of where you're at, I've got some "detox approved" recipes to share with you that are so tasty, you won't even realize how healthy they are!
First up, creamy mint chocolate squares that have a secret ingredient to boost their nutrition: TriPow! TriPow is a blend of spirulina and chlorella (both are algaes), which are considered superfoods due to their extremely high nutritional profile. You know that I'm a big fan of incorporating green powders right into my recipes because its such a tasty way to enjoy them. Let's face it, we need to be eating more greens!
Here's what the TriPow website has to say about these 2 superstar foods:
Dating back thousands of years, algae boasts such an impressive nutritional profile, and the benefits are being researched by NASA and the European Space Agency as the perfect space food. Over 40 years ago, the United Nations World Food Conference declared algae the “Best food for the future.”
Algae is 50-70% protein by weight and contains all the essential amino acids for your body to thrive. It has more iron than spinach, more beta carotene than carrots, and provides a myriad of nutrients to boost your health. Loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fatty acids and detoxifying phytochemicals, we believe TriPow is the perfect food blend. It has been endorsed by athletes and Olympians for energy, recovery and peak performance. Many other TriPow customers boast of weight loss, mental clarity, better immunity, glowing skin, detoxification and reversing anemia or low iron.
Mint Chocolate Squares
Nut Free - Raw - Vegan - Gluten Free
You can make these as mint squares (grasshopper squares) - OR you can omit the peppermint and turn them into green vanilla bars! I've made them both ways and they're fabulous either way.
2/3 cup shredded coconut
2/3 cup pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons cacao powder
2/3 cup pitted dates
1/2 teaspoon tripow greens
2 teaspoons water
Grind the coconut, seeds, and cacao to fine crumbs in a food processor. Add the dates and greens. Process until they're broken down. Add the water starting with slightly less and process briefly. Press the dough into a plastic wrap lined 9x5 bread pan.
3/4 cup mashed avocado
1/2 cup coconut milk*
1/4 cup coconut nectar or maple syrup
1/2 cup melted coconut butter
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon tripow greens**
4-5 drops peppermint essential oil OR 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Blend the avocado, coconut milk, and nectar in a blender until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and blend again to incorporate. Spread the mixture over the crust. Place in the freezer for at least 6 hours and then into the fridge for a few hours before slicing.
*Or almond milk
**I've incorporated the tripow greens into this dessert for even more nutrition. If you live outside of Canada, you can substitute spirulina or chlorella. And don't be fooled by the small amount - a little reeeeally packs a punch! It's a very concentrated powder.
2 tablespoons coconut nectar
2 tablespoons cacao powder, sifted
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1-2 teaspoons hot water
Whisk all ingredients together until very smooth and shiny. Drizzle over the finished squares.
Enter to WIN a bag of TriPow Greens to enjoy in your recipes too! This giveaway is only open to residents of Canada.
- Leave a comment below answering this question: have you ever tried spirulina or chlorella? How do you like to take it? (My answer: Yes, I used to be so hooked on spirulina when I was a raw foodist that I would sprinkle it on all of my salads. I also used to chew chlorella tablets for fun! haha).
- That's it!
A winner will randomly be chosen on Tuesday January 16th and will be contacted by email. You will need to respond within 24 hours to claim your prize.
This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own and I only share products with you that I truly love and use.
Let's get into that chocolate smoothie bowl now, shall we?!
This bowl is specifically designed to help boost your iron! So if you think the ingredients are funny, like the raisins, that is why. And not to worry if you don't like raisins - you WON'T taste them once they're blended in.
Isn't it amazing how just a few simple garnishes really elevate a simple dish? Tahini, molasses, and a combo of crushed and whole cacao nibs were perfect and tasty touches here. Its also fun to swirl it all around!
Iron Boosting Chocolate Smoothie Bowl
1/3 cup brewed chaga tea*
1/3 cup packed raisins
1/2 frozen avocado**
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
1 tablespoon molasses, plus more to drizzle
2 tablespoons cacao powder
1/4 cup soft dates
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
6 large ice cubes
Soak the raisins in the chaga tea (either soak them in chilled chaga tea and let sit for at least 4 hours to soften OR soak them in the hot tea but only use the tea in the smoothie once it's cooled). Blend all but the ice cubes in a high speed blender until smooth. Add the ice and blend again smooth and frosty. Eat immediately.
*I talk about chaga in THIS VIDEO.
**quartered before freezing for easier blending