For this blog post, I’m going to assume we all have the desire to live a long, happy life free of some sort of crippling disease in common. I’m even going to make the assumption that nobody reading this wants to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on medical bills due to a sudden or chronic health condition that will eventually lead to a premature death. How about those medications so many older folks in America are prescribed for chronic pain? I’m going to go on a whim and guess that those pills with a bazillion possible size effects are not something us sane (well, who am I kidding, mostly sane) individuals desire.
Given my presumptions that a) none of us want to die prematurely, b) none of us desire being forced to pay crazy expensive medical bills, and c) taking medications will remain a loathsome activity for us (mostly) sane individuals, then I’m going to deduce that d) we should all think seeds are amazing.
Why? This is because seeds have powerful disease-preventative and longevity promoting properties and people who eat just a few ounces of seeds each week have been shown to live longer and healthier lives than those who avoid seeds completely. Let’s take a glance into the window of wisdom that is housed in my dad’s book, Super Immunity (my dad is Joel Fuhrman M.D.- see About Me page for more deets). Within the room that is known as chapter six (located on the shelf that is known as page 137), you will find a twelve-year study published in the 2001 Archives of Internal Medicine that evaluated longevity in Seventh-Day Adventists, a religious group in which all members avoid cigarette smoking, alcohol and eat a plant-based diet. About half of these people are vegetarians and the other half are near-vegetarians. Long story short, the longest-lived people in the study were those who consumed nuts and seeds. As my pops writes, “The effect of eating nuts and seeds regularly was more significantly linked to enhanced lifespan than was the strictness of the vegan diet.” Boom.
Now that we both possess the highly useful knowledge that seeds can aid our mission of living super duper long lives, I’m sure you will agree with my deduction that all humans should think seeds are amazing. Naturally, it was only a matter of time before I created a tasty recipe with a variety of seeds.
This recipe was born today, April 3rd, 2013. Welcome to the world, Quadruple Seed Peanut Butter Coconut Truffles!
Ingredients (makes 30-35 bite-sized truffles):
1 cup chocolate coconut milk (regular coconut milk should work too)
12 large or 15 small medjool dates, pitted (can use a bit more or less depending on your sweet tooth)
½ cup smooth peanut butter
½ cup cocoa powder
½ cup chia seeds
½ cup raw sesame seeds
½ cup raw hemp seeds
½ cup raw sunflower seeds
½ cup coconut flour
1) In a blender, combine medjool dates, coconut milk, peanut butter, cocoa powder and chia seeds.* Blend until smooth and temporarily set aside.
2) In a large bowl, combine ¼ cup coconut flour, sesame seeds, hemp seeds and sunflower seeds. Once mixed, pour the blended mixture in with this dry mixture and then clean your hands. Clean hands are important because you are going to be using them to mix the blended peanuty mixture with the dry coconut/seed mixture.
3) Form a big ball with all of the ingredients (except for the last ¼ cup coconut flour) and then get ready to start creating little truffles! Create smaller truffle-sized balls by rolling about 1 tablespoon of dough in the palm of your hands and then take this ball and roll it around in what you have left of the coconut flour (the other ¼ cup). Repeat until all the dough is used up. You should have a decent stock of balls on your hands!
These are great on-the-go snacks and perfect for packing in school lunches. They are so easy to make it’s almost preposterous.
*Note that I blended the chia seeds instead of mixing them in with the dry ingredients. I did this because, unlike the other seeds, chia seeds are more readily absorbed by the body once they have been blended.
I must admit, I am rather happy to finish writing this post because now I can eat more truffles. Yay!
Much peace, love and kale to you!
P.S. Nuts and seeds are powerful disease protectors and contain plentiful life-enhancing nutrients, yet it is the overall quality of our diets that play the largest role in whether or not we will end up getting a particular disease later in life. So, eating seeds increases our odds that we will avoid health problems, not have to pay ridiculously expensive health bills and that we will live long, disease-free lives. Woohoo!
P.S.S. Nuts and seeds contain so many health-promoting anti-cancerous compounds it’s insane! Did you know that flaxseeds, chia seeds, and sesame seeds have all been shown to prevent, and even reverse, breast cancer? These seeds are rich in lignans, plant estrogens that protect against tumor formation in breast tissue. In one totally rad study, women given flaxseeds daily after being diagnosed with breast cancer reduced growth and increased death of their tumor cells after just 4-5 weeks.[i] Wowza. That’s way too cool for school.
P.S.S.S. Sometimes I find it hard to stop writing. Okay I’m really going to finish this blog post now because those truffles are calling my name!
P.S.S.S.S. <— I’ve never written this many P.Ss before and I wanted to create a new record for myself. New record achieved? Check.
[i] Thompson LU, Chen JM, Li T, et al. Dietary flaxseed alters tumor biological markers in postmenopausal breast cancer. Clin Cancer Res 2005;11:3828-3835.