Chocolate Avocado Freeze Bites
Recipe type: Vegan (option), Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free, adapted from Leanne Vogel’s recipe
Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 6 mins Serves: 6
- 1 avocado, mashed
- 2 teaspoons raw, organic honey, coconut nectar or yacon syrup
- ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract or powder (I used powder)
1 tbsp collagen powder
- 1 tbsp rice bran soluble (tocotrienols)
- 1 tsp cacao nibs
- Pinch salt
- ¼ cup cacao powder
- 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon coconut nectar, or yacon syrup
- 3 drops stevia
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch sea salt
- Add the avocado to a small bowl and mash with a fork until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients. Mix until combined. Then, take 2 tsp and shape into balls (or use a scoop). Place on a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place in the freezer for 4 hours.
- When ready to dip frozen avocado balls, prepare chocolate sauce. Combine cacao powder, coconut oil, coconut nectar, stevia, vanilla and sea salt in a small bowl. Mix until smooth.
- Remove cookie sheet from freezer. One at a time, take avocado ball and cover it in chocolate sauce. Transfer back to cookie sheet and freeze again for 2 hours. Keep in the freezer until ready to eat.
What are Tocotrienols?
According to The Little Known Benefits of Tocotrienols, few people realize that vitamin E is composed of eight different compounds. Half of these are called tocopherols, which is the most common form of vitamin E. The other half are known as tocotrienols.
Scientists are discovering that tocotrienols provide valuable therapeutic and preventive options for the diseases of aging that tocopherols alone may not provide.
The Nutritional Benefits of Tocotrienols
- Rich in antioxidants.
- High in B-complex vitamins including Vitamin B1 (Thiamin), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid), and Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine).
- Great source of omega, amino, and fatty acids.
- Contains naturally occurring Vitamin A (Beta Carotene), Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin D, and Vitamin E.
- Contains naturally occurring Folic Acid, Biotin, Choline, and Inositol.
- Contains naturally occurring Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc, Manganese, Copper, Iodine and other trace minerals.
- It does NOT contain the carbohydrate portion of rice, nor does it contain the fiber. Tocotrienols are basically the nutrients of the rice grain without the carbs and the fiber.
- Tocotrienols given to mice with pancreatic cancer significantly improved their survival.
- Reduces important risk factors for some of the most lethal chronic diseases.
- Promotes new artery formation after a stroke, lower homocysteine levels, improve insulin sensitivity, protect vital brain circuitry, and even prevent bone loss.
- Contain powerful lipid-lowering, anticancer, and neuroprotective properties that tocopherols lack.
These recent investigations into this overlooked form of vitamin E are providing new strategies to fend off multiple risk factors to ensure optimal health.
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More freezer treats……………...Sweets, Shepherd’s Pie
Adapted from the recipe at http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2014/06/chocolate-avocado-freeze-bites/