Are you looking for a delicious, decadent, and super healthy treat for Mother's Day?
Forget the store-bought chocolates. These antioxidant-rich cacao truffles are exactly what you need! They are easy to make, require no baking (just a bit of blending), and contain only a few simple, plant-based ingredients. No gluten, no dairy, and certainly no refined sugar. Yet, they taste absolutely delish.
Don’t believe it? Give this recipe a try.
Health Benefits of Cacao
Cacao is loaded with antioxidants including a class of polyphenols called flavonoids.(1),(3) Flavonoids are plant-based substances that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. In fact, cacao and chocolate products have the highest flavonoid content by weight of any other food, especially if consumed raw and unprocessed, helping to reduce inflammation and the incidence of pro-inflammatory conditions.(2)
Further, the antioxidant effects of cacao may directly improve insulin resistance and, in turn, reduce risk for diabetes.(1) Research studies have shown that the flavonoids present in cacao preserve cognitive abilities during aging in rats, lower the risk for developing Alzheimer's disease, and decrease the risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and stroke in humans. (4), (5), (7)
Raw, unprocessed cacao beans are a great natural source of dietary fiber and essential minerals like magnesium, manganese, potassium, and iron.(6) Cacao also contains a neurotransmitter called theobromine, a mild stimulant sometimes used as a treatment for depression. It can also help reduce stress and induce positive effects on mood by balancing the production of the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine.