This recipe is going to be one of your go to favorites when you when you want a treat during allergy season!
One of the barriers to eating a healthy nutrient dense diet is knowing how to prepare these foods. This was definitely one of my barriers! For many of us the science and art of cooking has been lost as over the past couple of decades, we have out sourced these skills (eating out, pre-packaged meals, processed foods, etc.). Recipes on Functional Healing and Wellness will always include tips to make cooking easy and fun. Make sure you listen to the video for all of Chef Sarah's great tips!
10oz (1 bag of allergen free chocolate) - I use the Enjoy Life brand - find it here
3 Tbsp of coconut oil
2Tbsp coconut butter or coconut cream
1 cup (200g) almond flour
2Tbsp almond butter
1Tbsp bee pollen* - local is best or find it here
1Tbsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp fresh grated ginger
1 cup lightly toasted organic sesame seeds* *(or leave them plain)
Place the chocolate, coconut oil and coconut butter in a saucepan and heat until just melted (listen to the video for some great tips from Sarah). Then add the almond flour, almond butter, bee pollen, maple syrup and ginger and mix together. Place this mixture in a container that allows you to have an approximate 1 inch layer and cool in the fridge (it takes about 45min in the fridge).
Sesame seed coating
While the mixture is cooling, lightly toast the sesame seeds over medium heat. Make sure you don't let the seeds get too brown, which is a sign you are damaging the healthy fats (you can listen to tips about healthy fats and how to toast the seeds in the video). You can also leave the seeds plain. Take the cooled truffle filling and form into balls, then roll in the sesame seeds.
This recipe makes approximately 20-24 truffles. It's all going to depend on the size of your truffle!
** All recipes on Functional Healing and Wellness are gluten and dairy free. While neither of these foods are critical to have in our diets, we do need to be mindful about getting the nutrients that these foods provide. Dairy is a good source of calcium but it can also create inflammation and negative affects on the brain for many kiddos (and of course big kids too). This recipe includes almonds and sesame seeds which are also an excellent source of calcium.
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Bee pollen is the food of the young bee and it is approximately 40% protein. It is considered one of nature's most completely nourishing foods. It contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body. You can find more information here: http://www.mercola.com/article/diet/bee_pollen.htm
Have no fears about buying an ingredient that you have used before! There are lots of great ways to include bee pollen in your diet.
Here are just a few of the ways:
Use it as a topping over yogurt or cereal
Blend it into a smoothie
Sprinkle granules directly over salad
Incorporate it into salad dressing such as a honey mustard
Sprinkle ground pollen over popcorn
Use granules as a garnish on top of dark chocolate
Use ground pollen as a coating for sugared almonds or hazelnuts
Occupational Therapy and Cooking with Kids
Cooking provides the opportunity to develop hand strength (kneading, stirring), eye-hand coordination (pouring), and fine motor skills (cutting, peeling, pinching, etc). It also engages the sensory system through proprioception, touch, smell, vision. Cooking is a sensory activity that can be used decrease the fight or flight response (sympathetic response) and increase the rest, digest and repair response (parasympathetic response). It also provides lots of opportunities for language!
OT's, try this with some of your kiddos and let us know below how your session goes!