FOOD AS MEDICINE
Nuts and seeds are supported in research to lower risk of cardiovascular disease, inflammation and overall mortality or death. In one study, individuals consumed 1.5 ounces of nuts saw an 8.3% reduction in risk of death from coronary heart disease (Loma Linda University, 2012). The walnuts and chia seeds in this recipe are especially potent sources of plant-based omega 3 fatty acids and nuts and seeds in general can lower LDL cholesterol while raising our HDL for overall cardiovascular protection. The incorporation of dark chocolate in the form of cacao nibs adds additional protection for the cardiovascular system as magnesium can aid in relaxation of vessels and lower blood pressure!
1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup almond flour
1/3 cup coconut oil or butter, melted
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup cacao nibs
Preheat oven to 300F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the nuts and seeds in a medium bowl. Add almond flour and coconut flakes and stir together until well combined. Combine the coconut oil, egg, vanilla extract cinnamon and sea sat and whisk. Add to the nut mixture and stir together. Fold in the cacao nibs. Spread on a baking sheet and bake 15-20 minutes until golden brown, stirring halfway through. Let cool and store in a mason jar. Serve with greek yogurt or coconut yogurt.
Makes 16 servings of 1/4 cup each
Nutrition per serving: 250 Calories, 24g Fat, 5g Carbs, 6g Protein
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