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Monday, August 30, 2010

Chocolate Bicycles

A close friend of mine gave us a popsicle-making mold.  I made some healthy fudgesicles for Lily Ann.  She called them bicycles - chocolate bicycles.  And she loved them.

Here's the recipe:
3/4 c. coconut milk
2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1-2 T agave nectar (to taste)

Combine these ingredients in a saucepan, over low heat - just until mixed.  Then pour into popsicle molds and freeze. 

What makes this recipe healthy?
1.  Coconut Milk - Contains medium-chain fatty acids that are easily metabolized and used by the body.  Also, the fat in coconut milk is over 50% lauric acid.  Lauric acid is the component found in human breast milk that protects infants from certain illnesses.  This nutritional benefit is unique to coconut milk and is not found in other foods.
2.  Cocoa - High in Iron.
3.  Cinnamon - Cinnamon is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.  Even in very small amounts, it has been shown to have a regulatory effect on blood sugar.
4.  Agave Nectar - Agave nectar is sweeter than sugar, the glycemic index is much lower than sugar and it is all natural, from fruit and has no funny "fake sugar" aftertaste. 

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