This post is about Moringa Tree Benefits. Nope, not a river in the Amazon, Moringa is actually a superfood powder with many health benefits! It's also known as the horseradish tree. It's a small tree from India, Pakistan, and Nepal that has been used for generations in Eastern countries. Moringa is a natural leaf powder supplement but all parts of the tree can be used. If you're keen to explore more superfood powders in your cooking or even in just adding to your smoothies, Moringa is definitely one to try.
Moorish Moringa Love Bites!
This recipe embodies what Yuuga Kemistri is all about - Functional Food. Before we dive into the recipe itself, let us show you all the nutrients you are getting! This is what nutrition is all about, extracting maximum value out of the food we eat. Minus the nasties.
Health Benefits of the Ingredients
1. Moringa Tree Benefits
Moringa contains a host of nutrients and antioxidants including vitamin A, C, E. It's is also a great source of macro-minerals and contains protein. As mentioned, Moringa is packed with antioxidants critical for good health and longevity. At it's basic, antioxidants provides your body with an extra boost to fight free radicals, the molecules that cause oxidative stress and ageing in the body. There are over 8000 compounds found in food that contain antioxidant properties. In Moringa, the antioxidant content also helps to lower inflammation in the body. This plant also contains neuro enhancing properties making it a great addition to the diet for focus and energy. In support of the immune system, Moringa offers anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties to help fight off infection. It also aids with wound healing and repair.
2. Raw Cacao
Cocoa powder is the fourth richest source of polyphenols, boasting 3448 mg per 100 g of powder. Raw cacao powder is made by cold-pressing un-roasted cocoa beans. This is why it scores so high on the ORAC scale, a measure of the ability of a food or any other substance to quench oxygen free radicals in a test tube. When it comes to polyphenols, the science is unequivocal, they are an amazing substance for health. From cancer prevention, to decreasing risk of heart disease, diabetes, asthma, osteoporosis, neurodegenerative diseases, and even ageing.
3. Cacao Butter
Cacao butter is a natural oil extracted from the cacao bean. Not only is it a popular ingredient in commercial and holistic beauty product (due to it's moisturising properties), but it is also nutrient dense for internal use. The main benefit is that barely any heat is used to extract the oil during manufacturing meaning cacao butter retains a dense nutrient profile relative to other fats (remember fats are sensitive to light, heat and air and often heavily processed using all three of these). When it comes to benefits, cacao butter helps with hair, skin and nail health, fights signs of ageing and boosts immunity.
Now to the recipe!
1 teaspoon Moringa
1.5 tablespoon raw cacao
1 teaspoon ground coconut sugar
½ teaspoon lucuma
5 tablespoons cacao butter (gently melted)
½ teaspoon lavender (dried), for decoration
few rose petals, for decoration
2 bananas frozen in bite sizes
Start by mixing all dry ingredients together (grind coconut sugar finely to avoid large crystals in the mixture).
Then gently melt the cacao butter and add to the dry mix and blend well together.
At last dip the frozen banana bites into the mix and sprinkle the flowers on top and set aside,
As the banana is frozen it will take only seconds for the chocolate to set.
Thread the banana bites onto a toothpick or similar before freezing as it makes them easier to handle once dipping into the chocolate coating.