Brighten Your Day With Coconut Brain Boost Bars!

 

Nuts

“According to the Doctrine of Signatures in the 16th and 17th centuries in medieval Europe and England, various plants were employed in herbal medicine as specific cures due to a fancied resemblance of the shape of a root, leaf or fruit to a particular part of the human body. Thus the walnnut was the perfect signature of the human head, while the kernel bore an uncanny likeness to the brain.” – The Book of Edible Nuts by Frederic Rosengarten, Jr. (1984)

When you are on the go or just craving something sweet, it’s a major challenge to find healthy options. I’ve devised this energizing recipe, which is simple, fast and portable. Enjoy!

Coconut Brain Boost Bars

  • 1.5 cups walnut halves
  • 1/3 shredded unsweetened, unsulphured coconut
  • 10 Medjool dates (or 1 cup of honey or other dates)

Mix all ingredients together in Vita-Mix or other high-powered blender for 45 seconds, using the tamper to push ingredients down into the blades for thorough blending. Press blended mixture into 4×6 glass storage dish, cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Cut in half length-wise and into 6 width-wise. Yields 12 bars. These keep for about 7 days in the fridge and can be individually wrapped for a snack on the go (You can also freeze them!). Here is a link to the nutritional value – note how rich it is in healthy fats, fibre, vitamins and minerals!

Health Benefit Tally

Walnuts – rich source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, decreased LDL cholesterol, decreased total cholesterol, decreases clotting risk, reduces inflammation.

Coconut meat – fiber to promote digestion and increases satiety, preventing overeating, manganese to support immune and nervous system health, potassium and copper that promotes heart health.

Dates – iron, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, copper and magnesium; combats constipation, intestinal disorders, weight gain and heart problems.

 

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