As we enter into the week before Valentine’s Day, I have these Cacao Nib Superfood Truffles to share with you that gives you a healthier treat or gift-giving option.
And in doing so, I’m really excited to introduce and welcome a new superfood to my superfood pantry…Baobab Powder!
If you’ve never heard of it, don’t worry…I had never heard of it either until I was introduced to it by Vivapura Superfoods.
Baobab Powder is also called “The King of Superfruits” and for good reason.
Here’s some information about this superfood from the Vivapura website:
What is Baobab? Baobab is a tree native to certain regions in Africa. It produces a tropical fruit with a powdery pulp that is made into Baobab Powder and offers numerous health benefits. Exceptionally high in fiber and antioxidants, Baobab Powder helps to minimize inflammation in the body and support healthy immune function. It is 50% fiber by weight and contains more antioxidants than blueberries or acai. Baobab powder is also exceptionally high in Vitamin C and calcium, and contains more potassium than bananas! It has a light tangy flavor that is perfect in all of your smoothies, juices and raw or baked citrus dessert recipes.
More Facts About Baobab:
- Higher in antioxidants than blueberries or acai: ORAC value of 28,000 for Baobab vs. 2,620 for Acai (based on 20g serving)
- Gram for gram, contains more calcium than milk
- Contains 6 times more Vitamin C than orange juice
- Composed of 50% fiber, 75% of which is soluable fiber
- Traditionally used in African medicine to curb inflammation and protect against a number of illness, including asthma, allergies, diabetes, arthritis and heart disease
- Ideal source of electrolytes: exceptionally high in magnesium and potassium (more than even coconut water)
- A raw organic whole food, Baobab Powder can also be used to complement citrus flavors in baked recipes
- Adds a nutrient dense tangy twist to smoothies, soups, marinades and sauces
- High pectin content aids in thickening and binding
- Ethical: Baobab sales contribute to local community projects in southern Africa and support the women of Malawi who harvest the Baobab
- Sustainable: use global best practice forestry techniques to ensure that the Baobab supply in southern Africa is managed sustainably for the long-term
Another thing I really liked about this brand is the Vivapura Superfoods Baobab Powder is organic, raw, vegan and non-GMO Project Verified…and you really can’t ask for more than that!
When I was asked to create a new recipe using Baobab Powder, I knew I wanted to make something raw to keep the Baobab Powder in it’s raw state, so decided to make a superfood truffle and added some beet juice to give them a pretty reddish color.
This is a really simple recipe that can be made in matter of minutes using just a food processor and it’s raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, no-bake, paleo-friendly and contains no refined sugars!
Want more healthy truffle and ball recipes? Check out my Crunchy Raw Protein Balls, Pistachio Sesame Seed Balls, Pistachio and Matcha Truffles or my Clean Eating Cookbook which has an entire chapter of 20 truffle and ball recipes just like this one that you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Cashews (Cashew Butter):*
- packed with dietary fiber
- rich in “heart friendly” mono-saturated fatty acids
- rich source of minerals
- high in magnesium and copper
- excellent source of antioxidants
5 Fast Facts About Medjool Dates:*
- natural energy booster
- high in iron content
- rich in potassium
- good source of dietary fiber
- excellent source of vegan protein
5 Fast Facts About Cacao Nibs:*
- excellent source of anti-oxidants
- contains one of the highest dietary sources of magnesium
- one ounce has 9 g of fiber
- one ounce contains 4 g of raw vegan protein
- one ounce contains 6% DV of iron
5 Fast Facts About Baobab Powder:*
- low glycemic sweetener
- ORAC value of 28,000
- 2 tablespoons provide 16% dv of fiber
- 2 tablespoons provide 10% dv of vegan calcium
- 2 tablespoons probide 40% dv of vitamin C
5 Fast Facts About Maca Powder:*
- increases stamina
- beneficial to the circulatory system
- can regulate hormonal imbalances
- acts as an anti-carcinogen and anti-oxidant
- enhances memory, learning and mental ability
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Flour:*
- highest dietary fiber found in any flour at 58% RDA
- 14% coconut oil
- 19% vegan protein
- helps to promote blood sugar health
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:*
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in antioxidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- helps to improve metabolism
- improves cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts About Beets:*
- 1 cup provides 14% dv of fiber
- 1 cup provides 28% dv of manganese
- can help fight inflammation
- excellent for detoxification
- stimulates liver function
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Tip #1: I used homemade cashew butter using 100% organic raw cashews but feel free to use your favorite. If you do make your own cashew butter, you will need (3) cups of cashews to make (1) cup of cashew butter.
Tip #2: I added fresh beet juice to give it the pretty reddish color, but you can omit it if you prefer.
Tip #3: I used organic raw cacao nibs but if you don’t like the taste of cacao nibs or don’t have any, you could also use Enjoy Life mini-chocolate chips (non-GMO/gluten-free), but they wouldn’t be “raw”.
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