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Patrick Holford's chocolate crunchies

Patrick Holford’s chocolate crunchies

I love this and so does everyone I have tested it on.   It’s a really useful recipe: make a batch, cut or roughly break it up and keep it in the freezer. It can be served from frozen, which makes it wonderfully chewy and a little like a chocolate ice cream bar, and is a brilliant standby for when you have unexpected guests. It may taste decadent, but the ingredients are all very nutritious, the dark chocolate included. This recipe comes from Patrick Holford’s The 10 Secrets of 100% Health Cookbook.

Serves 10
200g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids, broken in to chunks (Lidl 70% is fine)
125g rough unsweetened gluten-free oatcakes (or normal unsweetened Nairn’s Pattersons rough oatcakes if you are OK with gluten)
50g goji berries
50g Brazil nuts, roughly chopped
50g pumpkin seeds
4 tsp ground mixed seeds (grind your own blend of flax, sesame, sunflower and pumpkin or use Linwoods milled mixed seeds)
2 heaped tsp ground cinnamon
50g hazelnut butter or unsalted no-added-sugar peanut butter – or make your own by grinding the raw nuts finely and mixing in a little virgin hazelnut, sunflower, sesame or light olive oil to make into a spreadable paste.

1. Melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally, in a heatproof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water, making sure the base of the bowl doesn’t touch the water.
2. Put the oatcakes into a mixing bowl and crumble into small pieces. Stir in the goji berries, nuts, seeds and spices.
3. Stir the nut butter into the melted chocolate and mix until fairly smooth. Stir the chocolate mixture into the remaining ingredients, making sure the ingredients are evenly coated.
4. Spread the mixture over a baking sheet and put in the fridge or freezer to chill and harden. Break into shards or cut into rough pieces when set, ready to serve.

Why this is good for you:
These crunchies are packed with raw nuts and seeds, a precious source of raw omega 6 oils.  These oils are important for healthy skin, digestion, energy, mood and immunity.  Most people have lots of cooked or refined omega 6 oils in their diets and these interfere with your body’s ability to use the good (raw) ones.  Raw nuts and seeds and good quality (over 70%) dark chocolate are a good source of magnesium.  Magnesium helps you feel chilled out and happy.   It also helps your liver function more effectively.  Good news after the Christmas excess…