These antioxidant-packed nuggets from The Gut Health Diet Plan by Christine Bailey are ideal for healing the gut and lowering inflammation. Matcha has anti-bacterial effects on the digestive system making it a useful choice for improving gut health. The raw cacao butter makes the snacks rich and creamy – an indulgent healing treat.
Makes: 10 bites
Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus 15 minutes soaking and 30 minutes chilling
60g/2 ¼ oz/1/3 cup xylitol
60g/2 ¼ oz/ ½ cup dried cherriesor goji berries
120g/4 ¼ oz/ ½ cup cashew nut butter
zest of 1 lemon 1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp matcha green tea powder
a pinch of sea salt
2 tbsp raw cacao powder, lucuma powder or goji berry powder
60g/2 ¼ oz/heaped ¼ cup raw cacao butter or coconut oil, melted
30g/1oz/scant ¼ cup plain, vanilla or chocolate vegan protein powder, colostrum powder or collagen powder
½ tsp vanilla extract
matcha green tea powder, lucuma powder or cacao powder, for dusting
- Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Put the xylitol into a blender or food processor and grind very finely. Soak the cherries in warm water for 15 minutes. Drain.
- Put the cashew nut butter into a food processor or a bowl and add the xylitol, lemon zest and juice, matcha, salt, cacao powder and cacao butter. Pulse, or stir, to combine. Add the cherries and the remaining ingredients, and process, or stir, to form a dough. Chill in the freezer for 30 minutes to firm up.
- Use a spoon to scoop out walnut-size pieces. Roll into balls and put on the prepared baking sheet. Roll the truffles in a little matcha powder or use some or all of the powders for dusting. Serve or store in the fridge for up to 1 week.
£12.99, available from Nourish Books
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