I’m about to share with you a chocolate alchemical masterpiece I’ve been dreaming up for almost a year…
Why Desserts? Why Now?
This recipe post is much different from the theme of what I write here. As much as I love exploring the depths of spirituality and truly living a life of deep fulfillment, I know the tone it can set is not always the most lively. And what it comes down to is instead of talking about it, I wanted to take you guys into how I go about living my own words. HEALTHY DESSERTS! Yep, healthy desserts is one of the little ways I turn ordinary into extraordinary. My life’s purpose is simple, “Make everything creative, do small things with all your love, turning even the simplest of things into a celebration.” I personally don’t believe it takes a massive change of life circumstances to start living abundantly. All it takes to live a fulfilling life is a little creativity, good health and a whole lot of love.
A Recipe For Success
Making these healthy treats has been just one of the many little things I do to make a rainy day a day of pure joy. Whipping up something in the kitchen, going for a walk, having an intimate conversation, or paying it forward by buying the persons coffee behind you are the things that matter most. Honoring your body, mind and spirit are all available to us for free, all of the time. A little awareness and a whole lot of love is the recipe for success.
What inspired this idea was my own health journey and clients I’ve worked with. Basically, removing all types of sugar (even fruit) was a huge part of my health journey that started healing me deeply. When I started to remove all types of sugar I realized I had a pretty bad addicted to the sweet foods. However, in enough time the sugar cravings were completely gone and now I am easily satisfied with stevia, low-glycemic berries. and even vegetables for my sweet fix. As my body healed, I wanted to try new foods. I came across the popular Hail Merry Tarts one day…These things are to die for! Made with mostly raw coconut oil, some maple syrup and cocao, they were an okay occasional treat in my book. To this day I love these things, but I wanted to innovate and add to their beautiful creation. When I first started to heal it was hard to go cold turkey on sweet foods. Though I did a great job of creating enough leverage to be healthy and not really ever had a taste of processed foods, I still would look around at the Paleo Community with a little jealousy for their dark chocolate habits. Secretively, I wanted it. At the same time, I knew for my body at the time, chocolate and sugars, even in moderation was a no go. I know from my coaching experiences and my own that there are others in the same situation. Thus, the “healthiest chocolate tart ever”was born. I wanted to create a healthy treat that even those in the worst physical conditions might be able to enjoy.
What Makes This Tart So Special?
I removed the sugar and replaced it with great tasting stevia, instead of processed cocoa I use raw organic cacao, I removed any flours or ungerminated nuts because they can cause digestive distress and instead use sprouted organic un-pasteurized almonds, raw coconut and soaked chia. In addition to upgrading the ingredients, I add a few additional ingredients that really take it to a whole new level of health and taste; Adaptogens, MCT Oil, Grass-Fed Gelatin, Sunwarrior Protein, and Liquid Minerals.
Stevia– This is thee healthiest sweetener in town right now. It not only tastes great (if you have the right one) but it has no glycemic load making it incredibly anti-aging and great for those with even the worst of hormonal problems (diabetes, adrenal fatigue, etc). The herb can be used in replace of sugar, added to tea, smoothies, juices, and yes…chocolate recipes! The benefits of using stevia are endless. Because keeping your hormones balanced is so crucial to good health, eliminated things that disrupt hormonal balance; like sugar, even the natural stuff (honey, maple syrup and other sweeteners) is going to have a profound positive affect in maintaining your energy levels throughout the day. If you are in good health, sleeping well and able to exercise without stressing the body too much, some natural sweeteners will be okay in moderation, ideally post workout or mixed with a healthy fat like avocado to lower the glycemic load. Healthy hormones means healthy energy, mental clarity, sex drive, muscle recovery, hair and skin!
MCT Oil– I am a big fan of MCT oil. If you like coconut oil then so do you! MCT stands for medium-chain-triglyceride. Which in simply terms is a quick digesting fat. There are short, medium and long chains of fats and medium chains are found in coconut oil and palm fruit oil. These are fantastic fats because they require little to no enzyme activity from the liver, making it ideal for anyone to digest, especially those with weakened livers. Healthy fat is very important for a healthy immune system and hormone function. Additionally, these types of fats control healthy cholesterol levels, increase nutrient absorption particularly, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin E all which are very important for a healthy hormonal system. The most glamorous part about MCT oil is that it gives your metabolism a thermogenic boost. In other words, it ramps up your metabolism, even those with metabolic disorders or the elderly will start metabolizing like a teenager again!
Maca– Also known as “Peruvian Ginseng” Maca is a powerful adaptogen, which means simply that it helps your body adapt to stressful situations by nourishing the adrenal glands with B Vitamins, magnesium and amino acids. That’s what makes it great for vigorous exercise or adrenal fatigue. And lets face it, in todays modern world we could all use a little stress support! Healthy adrenals are foundational for great health. When the adrenals are nourished you can experience increased energy, stable emotions, improved skin conditions and again a healthier libido. Not to mention, it makes smoothies and raw desserts taste great, adding a “malted” caramel flavor without the sugar.
Raw Hemp Protein- I like to add a raw hemp protein powder this tart recipe in replace of flour. The flour added to most dessert recipes adds a great texture that can make or break a recipe like this. At first I tried without but the crust was too…crusty? Eventually overtime I found that adding a raw protein makes it the perfect blend of crunch and soft. I personally use Sunwarrior’s Warrior Blend because it tastes INCREDIBLE and has additional cranberry and pea protein. I like the combination of these proteins because they are a less common type of protein. I find rotating proteins in my diet helps with nutrient variety as well as avoiding any sort of intolerances due to over exposure of the same proteins. Hemp is a powerhouse of nutrition too! It’s not only a great source of protein; loaded with all 21 essential amino acids, it has specific BCAA’s (Brand Chained Amino Acids). These amino acids serve as great fuel for energy. They metabolize faster than other proteins, thereby using less liver function and saving you vital chi energy. These little seeds are also packed with omega 3 fatty acids and high energy polyunsaturated fats.
Liquid Minerals– I use Sunwarrior’s Humic and Fulvic minerals called Vitamin Mineral Rush. I have been a huge fan of humic and fulvic minerals for some time now. They are organic minerals found naturally in nutrient dense soil so they absorb rapidly in the body. I do not suggest synthetic minerals or vitamins. Taking synthetic vitamins or minerals can cause harm to the liver and create further nutrient imbalances. However, because our soils are rather depleted it is hard to find enough minerals in diet alone. Adding a good mineral supplement to your diet can dramatically improve your health. Truly, the list of “health benefits” of Fulvic and Humic minerals goes on for a while. Aside from the obvious, a few squirts and you will get increased protein metabolism, increased nutrient absorption, stimulated metabolism, free-radical protection and something called “nutrient synthesize” where they can actually take minerals like silica and transmute it into calcium! Adding some of these magical little guys into the filling of the tart does not interfere with the flavor. Actually, the Vitamin Rush has some stevia in it with only adds to the sweetness.
Grass-Fed Gelatin– I know this seems like a weird ingredient to add but it is actually an incredible ingredient. If you are opposed to any type of animal products you don’t have to add this to make the tart. I add it for two reasons. First, it adds a gel like consistency to the filling which actually is an awesome combination to the coconut oil. I love the Hail Merry Tart’s filling which is made of coconut oil. maple syrup and cocoa. Because I don’t use any maple syrup and replaced it with stevia, which doesn’t have a lot of mass to it, I add the gelatin to make up for the loss of “stickiness” in the texture. Otherwise, you would have a base completely made of A LOT of coconut oil. I find the gelatin to be an awesome sugar-free replacement. Secondly, gelatin has so many healing properties to it. It works to heal the gut, aids in beautiful hair, skin, nails, fights cellulite, joint problems and is even great for the teeth and bones. Most people believe animal products are bad for the liver, to a degree that can be true. Too much animal protein, especially hormone injected, heavily cooked protein. Gelatin however has a different protein structure. It’s rich in an amino acid called Glycine. This amino acid actually helps the body produce glutathione, which is one critical for Liver Detoxification Phase II. Glycine is a miracle protein. It aids metabolism, regulates blood sugar, and and improves digestion by increasing stomach acid production. Adding gelatin to the tart makes it that much more satisfying by aiding you in digesting all the healthy plant proteins more affectively.
Sprouted Chia and Almond- By sprouting the almonds and chia you are essentially making them much easier to digest. Digestion is everything when it comes to nutrition. If we are not digesting properly we will not heal properly. Additionally, when we are not digesting well we tend to over eat and that undigested food can cause sever imbalances. Sprouting also increase the nutrient content of the food. A lot of people find nuts difficult to digest. That doesn’t mean to completely eliminate them. Perhaps for a while during intense healing, but when properly prepared and eaten in the right portions, nuts and seeds can be very healing and provide essential nutrients and fiber. I like adding the chia seed because it gives the crust a nice soft texture and cuts back on the almonds. Seeds are easier to digest than nuts, so using more seeds and less nuts will provide a healthier treat!
How To Make
This is a surprising simply thing to make despite it’s miraculous ingredients. There’s two basic parts; the crust and the filling. Let’s get started!
- 2 Scoops Chocolate Sunwarrior Warrior Blend
- 2 tbsp. of Gelatinized Maca
- 1/4 Cup Sprouted (Dried) Almonds
- 4 tbsp. Chia Seed
- 1 tbsp. Coconut Oil
- 2 packets Sweet Leaf Stevia
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1tbsp Coconut Butter
- 2tbsp MCT Oil
- 1tbsp Great Lakes Gelatin
- 2 ‘squirts’ Liquid Body Ecology Stevia
To make the crust, put all the listed ingredients into a food processor and pulse until you get a crumbly consistency. I use a mini-metal mold to press the crust into which you can find just about any grocery store or house goods store, or here. The only trick to packing the crust is to make sure it’s formed tightly with no air pockets and that there is a “bowl” to pour the liquid filling.
Once the crust is formed in the mold you can get going on the filling. Simply add the listed ingredients into a blender and blend. Make sure the coconut oil is either melted by placing the container in hot water or left out somewhere to melt (anywhere past 75 degrees Ferinheight). This way you’ll get a smooth consistency. When the filling all mixed up into a liquid pour the contents into the crust. Place in freezer for 2-5 minutes or until the liquid center has returned to a solid. It should be about the consistency of solid coconut oil. This recipe will make two tarts the size of Hail Merrys so be sure to share!
Let me know what you think in the comments! Thanks and enjoy!