Temperatures slowly rise and I secretly dream of being on a tropical island. The reality is a bit different, but these healthy Bounty’s make up for that.
About the recipe
The recipe for these healthy Bounty’s is inspired on Jitte Oerlemans mom’s formulation, which Jitte shared in the interview I had with her recently. I made these Bounty’s with only 3 ingredients: Medjool dates, shredded coconut and raw cocoa. Making the recipe is very easy: all you have to do is measure the ingredients, throw them in a kitchen machine (I used this machine), form the ‘dough’ into balls and roll them through the shredded coconut. That’s it!
If you are a frequent visitor of my blog, you probably know about the health and beauty benefits of dates, coconut and raw cocoa and why it is better to use whole foods instead of processed foods. If you are new to my blog or healthy eating, here’s a short recap.
Unrefined sugar for health and beauty
Take table sugar for instance. Table sugar is a highly processed sweetener. It is stripped from all of its nutrients, leaving sugar with ‘empty calories’; they contain calories, but no nutrients. Natural, unrefined sugar still contains all or most of its nutrients. This means when using unrefined sugar – a whole food -, you not only feed your body with calories, but also with vitamins, minerals and trace elements. These vitamins, minerals and trace elements are all beneficial to your health. In turn, being in great health is beneficial to your appearance. Hence that short coming of certain nutrients can leave you with flaky, pale skin, dark under-eye circles and the like.
Health and beauty benefits of (Medjool) dates
Foods that contain unrefined sugar and that we can count among whole foods are for instance fruits and dried (unsweetened) fruits like Medjool dates (a type of date originated in Morocco). Medjool dates and dates in general are deliciously sweet, it’s a whole food coming straight from mother earth and is full of healthy dietary fiber. These fibers help to move waste through your colon.
Medjool dates furthermore contain potassium, which is an electrolyte that is involved in fluid balance. Vitamin A in Medjool dates protects your skin against damage to cells from free radicals (yay, this makes dates a perfect anti-wrinkle food!).
I could continue about the health and beauty benefits of Medjool dates for a while, but just in short they contain many other beneficial nutrients like iron, vitamin K and B6, copper, magnesium, manganese, niacin, panthothenic acid and riboflavin. I bet that is a whole lot more than you would have expected!
a perfect anti-wrinkle food
Health and beauty benefits of raw cocoa
- contains tryptophan, which has a positive effect on your mood and sex drive;
- contains phenyl ethylamine, which acts as a neurotransmitter and mood booster;
- sold as a supplement to help with weight loss.
Health and beauty benefits of coconut
Coconut contains healthy fats, which is also called “the fat that makes you thin”. These fats help the body feel full and satiate the brain receptors that control appetite. The fats in coconut furthermore consist mainly of lauric acid, which lowers ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol. The fats found in coconut Coconut is furthermore anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, promotes healthy digestion, is beneficial to diabetics and prevents heart- and artery disease.
Top notch Bounty recipe
Now that you know about the all of the health and beauty benefits of raw cocoa, coconut and (Medjool) dates, you understand why this recipe for healthy Bounty’s is top notch!
These Bounty’s are vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free. They are nutrients rich and contain only 32 calories per serving.
Ready? Here’s the recipe for +/- 20 Bounty balls:
- 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted (160 grams)
- 2.5 tablespoons raw cocoa powder
- 8 tablespoons shredded coconut
- Combine the ingredients in a kitchen machine and pulse until the ingredients blend.
- From the 'dough' into balls with your hands.
- Roll each ball through the shredded coconut.
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