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Cacao Nibs Great for Mind Body and Taste Buds!

Who isn’t looking for a way to enjoy chocolate but with added health benefits and fewer calories? That’s why cacao nibs were invented. Although we are still searching for a way to get rock hard abs by watching The Great British Bake off with a huge multi pack of pistachios, we want to tell everyone we know about cacao nibs and their amazing super food goodness.

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Wait, is it Cocoa or Cacao?

Cacao nibs are parts of the cacao bean that is usually used to make chocolate.Health Benefits of Cacao Nibs

Cocoa usually refers to the roasted end product, and cacao refers to the bean that comes from the cacao tree. Most people use them interchangeably!

Cacao nibs are roasted, separated from their husks and broken into smaller pieces. This isn’t the same as hot cocoa your grandma has before bed either….Cacao in it’s unrefined, raw form has a nutty, strong flavour with a nod in the taste buds to it’s almost-as-healthy cousin, 70% plus dark chocolate. If you haven’t tried cacao nibs yet – where have you been? Here are some of the biggest health benefits of these little Superfoods.   

Great for the mind

We all know the jokes about chocolate and mood “today’s mood = must have chocolate!” and some of us (at least in the office) know how hard it is to quit chocolate completely. Whilst chocolate has antioxidant benefits, the sugar and fat added make it a harder to justify as a healthy choice!

Cacao nibs on the other hand give you the same benefits as some good quality dark chocolate, without any of the extra calories. The phenylethylamine content and effect on the neurotransmitters in the brain after consuming a phenylethylamine high food are known to mimic euphoria and a state of alertness. Anandamide is a lipid compound in the structure of cacao nib, which has a shared active ingredient with marijuana making it 100% legal, but 100% feel good too.

Great for the body

You know how great antioxidants are? Well cacao nibs have them in spades. Because of the raw value of the beans, all the benefits of the free radical absorption is passed direct to you.

DNA damage, premature ageing and even cancers can all be slowed by consumption of antioxidants and when it comes to getting antioxidants into your body, your leafy greens are a great bet, or certain teas.  However, cacao beans, because they are eaten raw and have a less refined state are an excellent source of free radical fighting properties but are also delicious! You may not know that cacao nibs are also rich in flavonoids, another free radical fighting ingredient. Flavanoid rich foods are key in fighting cardiovascular issues with studies showing that under 10g of cacao powder can cause ‘significant’ reductions in artery vasodilation – so get stuck in!

Great for your diet

As well as the long-term health benefits of cacao nibs with their antioxidant properties mentioned, there are also instant benefits. The fibre in a single ounce serving of cacao nibs is nearly 10 grams. Fibre is crucial for a healthy gut and blood pressure level. As well as letting everything run smoothly down below, fibre is also proven to control blood pressure. The alkaline minerals like magnesium and potassium in the cacao nibs can also work towards a better blood pressure level, as well as providing additional benefits such as improved muscle function and a reduced chance digestive disorders or a stroke. Cacao nibs are wheat-free, do not naturally contain gluten and are also suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Great for the chef in you

The flavour is often described as slightly nutty with a chocolate ‘background’ flavour. If you’ve ever enjoyed a Snickers bar you’ll know that this flavour is rather enjoyable! There are plenty of recipes for cacao nibs around, all because they are healthy, but can make healthier cleaner dietary choices easier – if you’ve yet to embrace kale or spirulina, a cacao nib is the ideal ‘gateway’’ to a cleaner diet!

Take a look at our devine Nuttin’ But Energy Raw Truffle Recipe, or simply fold them into ice Click here for our devine Nuttin’ But Energy Raw Truffle Recipecream, devour them on pancakes, add them to your granola or blend into a morning smoothie (we rate a banana, almond milk, cacao and date blend for the perfect ‘this should be desert’ breakfast.  The possibilities are endless!

If you would like to see a recipe, or know more about the benefits of cacao nibs, why not ask us on Facebook or Twitter?

We’d be happy to share some nib knowledge with you!

5 Reasons To Fall In Love With Coconut’s

If you’re yet to be won over by the coconut craze that has blown up in the last few years, let us convince you by highlighting just a few of the wonders of this magical – and delicious – fruit. They don’t call it a superfood for nothing, you know…

Coconuts can actually help you lose weight

After years of an unjustified bad reputation, coconut has finally been able to shake off this image and nudge its way firmly back into our good books.  Previously, the high saturated fat content sent people running, but after more studies and research into came to light, it seems that not all saturated fats can be measured equally. And when it comes to coconut, the unique medium chain triglycerides (fatty acids) found within can actually help us shift the pounds. Being processed in a different way to the usual long chain fatty acids, MCTs provide a quick source of energy, and increase your energy levels for longer in comparison to the same calorie intake from other foods.  Eating coconuts regularly can even help keep hunger at bay, with studies demonstrating that men and women who consumed coconut ended up eating fewer calories that day. Hurrah!

It gives you soft, smooth and soothed skin

If you haven’t got the time or energy (or money!) to scan shelves and read endless packaging to find the perfect product to solve each of your skincare woes, rely on the beauty powers of coconut instead.  Not only does it fight against bacteria, fungi and viruses, but has the ability to intensely hydrate skin thanks to its excellent moisture retention properties. When applied topically and consumed orally, you can see the full benefits radiate through with hydrated, smooth and soft skin.  Coconut oil even works effectively as a massage oil, make-up remover and sunscreen. Multi-purpose, much?

It makes for an excellent brain food

Coconut is a pretty well rounded source of nutrition, so as well as helping you look fabulous, of course it’s going help your brain health, too. As well as helping general daily brain function, studies have hinted towards coconut being able to help manage disease like Alzheimer’s and disorders such as epilepsy. In the body, the all-important MCT within coconuts gets transformed into ketones bodies, which evidence has shown can dramatically reduce the risk of seizures. They also supply energy to the brain, which seemingly helps when it comes to Alzheimer’s as it appears there is a lack of ability to use glucose energy in the brain.

Coconut leaves you with hair to rival Rapunzel

Like with your skin, the hydrating properties of coconuts can transform your hair, locking in moisture and injecting lustre and life.  And as well as glossy locks, it actually works to promote growth, repair and nourish by reducing the loss of proteins in hair which leaves it brittle, weak and dull – not a good look! Oh, and it will leave your hair and scalp smelling divine, too.

Oh and… It’s delicious! 

As if the brains and beauty wasn’t enough to convince you, then how about purely the fact that it’s delicious? Whether you eat the ‘meat’, drink the milk/water, or cook with the oil, it makes for a much for tastier way to up your 5 day than with sprouts, right?

Find delicious and nutritious coconut in our Coco Chomp Charge and Brilliant Berry Boost Mixes! 

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Elephant Food Clusters Recipe

Elephant Food Clusters

Prep: 10 MIN
Total Time: 30 MIN
Approx: 12 servings

Ingredients
4 cups Elephant Food Brilliant Berry Boost
1/2 cup Honey
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
1 tsp Vegan Shortening, optional but highly recommended.

Directions
1. Directions Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except chocolate chips. Stir to combine everything evenly.
4. Pour the Elephant Food Brilliant Berry Boost Mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread it out so it’s about 1/2″ thick. Try to keep it away from the edges, as the honey will spread.
5. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
6. Remove and let cool completely on a wire rack.
7. Once it’s completely cool and hardened, break into clusters.
8. Melt the chocolate chips and shortening in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring until smooth.
9. Dip the bottom of each cluster in the melted chocolate, pressing down so it comes up the sides just a little bit.
10. Set chocolate-dipped cluster on a piece of parchment.
11. Once all clusters are dipped, put them in the fridge for a few minutes to harden the chocolate.
12. Store in an airtight container.

Enjoy!

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Festive Elephant Food Cake Recipe

Festive Elephant Food Cake Recipe

Prep:  30 mins – 40 mins
Cook:  2 hrs   Skill level: Easy   Servings Cuts into 12-16 slices

Ingredients
250g butter, at room temperatureCake Mix
140g light muscovado sugar
6 large eggs, beaten
280g plain flour
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
700g Elephant Food Brillant Berry Boost
3 tbsp dark rum
140g white marzipan, diced

For the florentine topping
50g Elephant Food Nuttin’ But Energy
85g Elephant Food Supercharge Chomp
140g whole glacé cherries
100g golden syrup

To decorate
1 metre of wide ribbon

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4/fan 160C and lightly grease and line the base and sides of a deep 22-23cm round loose-based cake tin with Bake-o-Glide or baking parchment. Beat the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, and spices until thoroughly mixed and creamy, preferably with an electric beater or in a food mixer.

2. Measure off 100g/4oz of the cake mixture, put in a bowl and set aside. Fold the Elephant Food Brilliant Berry Boost and rum into the remaining mixture, then gently stir in the marzipan. Spoon this mixture into the prepared cake tin and flatten with a spatula to make a smooth even surface, then make a slight dip in the centre of the cake. This simple trick will give the finished cake a nice flat top. Bake for 11⁄4 hours.

3. While the cake is in the oven, make the fruit and nut topping. Mix all the Elephant Food Nuttin’ But Energy and Supercharge Chomp, cherries and syrup into the remaining cake mixture. Spoon the mixture on top of the part-cooked cake (once it has had its 11⁄4 hours), evenly distributing the mixture of nuts and cherries across the surface of the cake. Loosely cover the top of the tin with foil.

4. Return to the oven for 40 minutes more, then take off the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes, so the nuts can turn golden. Keep an eye on them, so they don’t get too dark. To test the cake mixture is cooked, insert a fine skewer into the cake – if it comes out clean then it’s ready. Cool in the tin then turn out, keeping the lining on, and wrap with foil. (The cake will keep for up to 2 weeks or can be frozen for up to 2 months.)

5. To serve, remove the cake from the foil and strip away the lining. Place on a board or serving plate and tie with a decorative ribbon.