Thursday, 25 April 2013

Raw cocoa on a bed of hazelnuts

  These last days my thoughts were dominated by the desire to create this recipe, but it is only on  weekends that I find the necessary conditions to fullfill my culninary dreams. I must confess that preparing a dessert based on several ingredients and low sugar is a major challenge, especially if it has a happy ending.
  The magic ingredients that I chose for this dessert were dates, raw cacao powder and strawberries which are amazing super foods. Besides these, I also added hazelnuts and bananas.
  Raw cocoa powder hardly needs introduction, it is considered the "food of the Gods", it is very rich in anti-oxidants, minerals and it is appreciated by its aroma and flavor. Strawberries, which only by their color are quite appealing, are ideal for a balanced diet, given its richness in antioxidants and especially their anti-inflammatory properties. They protect cognitive function and improve heart function.
  As I have already emphasized in previous recipes, bananas are an important source of energy, vitamins, minerals and fiber. They contribute to muscle relaxation and they are easy to digest. These are sufficient arguments to eat at least one banana a day. For this reason, banana is the basis of this dessert with raw ingredients, except for the hazelnuts wich were toasted.
  It was so tasty that there was only one left for the photo!

(serves 4)

150 g hazelnuts
4 bananas (one per person)
8 dates (2 per person)
4 tbsp bio raw cacao powder (1 per person)
strawberries to taste

Put the hazelnuts on a baking sheet and put them in oven for about 10/15 minutes to roast (350 degrees).
Place the hazelnuts in a paper bag and massage them to loose their shin.

Place the hazelnuts in a blender and grind until they turn to wet crumble but without releasing too much oil.
Line the bottom of the pie tartines with parchment paper, place the hazelnuts on top and spread across the base and sides.

Put a banana in a blender, 2 dates and 1 tbsp of raw cacao. Grind everything until it is pureed.
Pour it on the basis of the hazelnuts and refrigerate it.

Repeat the procedure with the remaining ingredients.
Leave it for 1 hour in the refrigerator and serve it garnished with strawberries.

Bon appétit!

© veggie delicious food, Abril 2013

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