Celebrate the holiday outdoor activities while staying healthy and energized
Posted on December 13 2016
Today Cedar Ravine is so thrilled to bring you a recipe from brand ambassador and good vibe goddess Chelsea! Owner and operator of Grains of Life; Chelsea can be found on California trails with her pup, plowing through snow in Colorado, or cooking up adventures in the kitchen. Check out this super healthy and energizing bar perfect for those long day hikes and packed with healing ingredients to make your tummy and body happy!
Oh, the holiday season, it brings such joys in all realms. Love, family, celebration, the outdoor winter activities, and how can I forget... the food that comes along with this colder time of year. Whether you are in California where the temperatures stay at an easy level, or in Colorado (like I am at this moment while writing this) and it’s a snowy winter wonderland that gets below -4 at night, there is no denying the love for the hot chocolates, chai teas, apple spices...you know, all those yummy warm flavors that just send you into a high bliss. Ok I am getting off track with this now, I got lost in flavor, I’ll come back to earth now.
Things can get tempting around this time and that can cause a difference in our food choices, putting an effect on our energy and health all around. Reality checks in at its finest, but not to worry, I think I’ve created a pretty nice alternative that we all can enjoy. Did I mention it gives your body some yummy nutritious support, allowing you to have more energy to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Oh, and all those activities and adventures that keep us stoked, well, that energy will come into play! Keeping us forever stoked. Who could complain about that am I right? By now you may be wondering if I am ever going to tell you what this delicious contraption is. Hahaha, ok I’ll get going on that. This page is about a new recipe I created to help feed my cravings for those holiday flavors, and to help keep me going longer in my days with a healthy option of a “grab and go.” I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t get enough of activities. Whether I’m going on a hike, climbing indoors at a gym, doing yoga in a cozy little studio, or taking my board out to enjoy the fresh powder, I want something tasty, quick, healthy, and keeps me going for a longer period So what I did was take my Peanut Butter Raw Vegan Fudge recipe and gave it a holiday twist.
The solution was simple and the first step was taking the peanut butter and replacing it with almond butter. Then, instead of blueberries I would put raw cacaos nibs. Finally, instead of having a strong chocolate flavor, I’d put less raw cacao powder and replace it with Maca, Cinnamon, Ginger, and All Spice. Now we have a delicious Chai Raw Vegan Fudge. Perfection! Before I jump into the recipe, I wanted to share some ingredient benefits because this Fudge is loaded with some awesome Super Foods!
Almond Butter: This nut butter is a popular selection by people all around, and honestly there is no wonder as to why. Besides the fact that it’s such a versatile food, it comes with a good amount of health benefits on the body. Almond butter is an ideal source of plant protein which is crucial for tissue regeneration and repair and it takes longer to digest, providing a steadier source of energy during working out or trainings. Almonds themselves, have been found to be helpful in preventing the development of cardio vascular diseases and appear to have a positive effect on insulin sensitives. Finally, this tree nut is low in saturated fat and high in unsaturated fats that work with the nutrients and phytosterols, all helpful in reducing bad cholesterol.
Coconut Oil: Though coconut oil is full of saturated fats, when consumed, we give ourselves a healthy boost of fatty acids. I’ve learned that the fatty acids found in coconut oil are a medium-chain. This means that they are metabolized differently from the long-chain fatty acids that are found in a lot of other foods. When digested, the fatty acids get sent to the liver which quickly is then used as an energy source. If not used as energy, they will turn into ketone bodies, meaning you won’t simply gain fat. Even though this oil has these amazing qualities, I highly suggest the reminder of moderation.
Maca: This is a superfood that I could go on and on about, but for all the readers' sake, I’ll save that for a different time. Maca is a wonderful plant. It grows in Central Peru and in the high Plateaus of the Andes Mountain. The root contains many chemicals, including fatty acids and amino acids. People take it to help with chronic fatigue; stamina, athletic performance; memory and enhancing energy; this plant is also highly popular with women due to its help in female hormone imbalance, menstrual problems, symptoms of menopause, and improving fertility. It also is used for depression, stomach cancers, sexual drive, and to boost the immune system. It’s been more popular in a powder form and capsule form.
Cocoa Nibs: Oh boy, this is another I could go on about, but again I'll save that for another time and make this short and sweet. Here is a simplified list of this raw chocolate's benefits: Can fight cardiovascular diseases; loaded with fiber, antioxidants, and flavonoids; filled with magnesium which helps with muscle and nerve function; potassium which helps with reducing the risk of high blood pressure; and to wrap it up, it can help stimulate the brain into releasing neurotransmitters that can trigger the feel good hormones. Need I say more?
This information I provide has been dissected personally from many WebMD sites, nutrition blogs, and books I have at home. I highly suggest to do your own research if you are interested in the benefits of any of the foods I have listed and the others that I chose not to go into detail with. Food, especially the “superfood” world is so fascinated, defiantly not a disappointing read. Also, what is good for some is not good for all. We all work better and worse with different foods, so all I say is give it a shot and if it doesn’t work, then maybe these ingredients just aren’t right for your body. I hope you enjoy one of my new favorite recipes. Happy Holidays!
Non-Baked Chai Spice Fudge (gf, vegan)
¾ Cup non-salted Almond Butter (I choose the crunchy kind)
1/3-2/3 Cup Maple syrup (depending on your sweet tooth factor)
¾ Cup Coconut Oil
1 Tbl Maca Powder
2 Tbl Raw Cocao Nibs
1 Tbl + 2 Tsp Cinnamon powder
1 Tbl + 1 Tsp Ginger powder
1 Tsp All Spice
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1-2 Tbl Raw Cocoa Powder
The instructions are extremely simple. Line a 9” Loaf pan with parchment paper in a way of being able to grab the paper and pull the fudge out of the pan, easy no mess. Then grab a sauce pan and a wooden spoon. Put the almond butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup into the pot and put it on a very low heat. Stir to get them combined, then add the rest of the flavors. Continue over a low heat and stir in a figure 8 pattern until everything is nicely combined. It should look pretty smooth, like creamy delicious thick almond butter. Once you’ve reached the consistency, turn heat off and poor carefully into the parchment paper prepared pan. Just pop that baby in the freezer and give it a couple hours to harden. Remove and cut in any form you wish! Yup, it’s that simple. I hope you all enjoy! For storage, keep it in the freezer. ☺
Are you looking for some healthy treats? Check out Chelsea's offerings here!