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Coconut-cacao rough slice

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Coconut-cacao rough slice

Makes 20 small squares

It's difficult to describe just how good this slice tastes! Taking just five minutes to make, it's quicker than dashing out for emergency chocolate, and delivers plenty of menopause-friendly nutrients as well.

Why you and your body will love this

This slice is packed with ingredients that may help to support your health during menopause and beyond, including almonds, seeds and cacao.

Almonds are a rich source of protein, fibre, vitamin E and healthy fats. They're also a good source of phystoestreogens, natural plant substances that have some similarities to human estrogen. This may help some women with menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes, and may improve bone and heart health.

The added chia seeds or flax seeds provide omega-3 fatty acids for heart health and are another good source of fibre and protein.

Cacao is rich in magnesium, which is a muscle-relaxant and may help reduce anxiety. It's also one of the world's richest sources of antioxidants.

And because the slice is sweetened by just a small ¼ cup of maple syrup, it means you’re only eating about half a teaspoon of sugar in each small, satisfying square.*

You'll need

1 cup (100g) almonds, toasted, cooled and then ground in a food processor

1 cup (60g) shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted

2 Tablespoons chia seeds or freshly ground flax seeds

⅓ cup (30g) raw cacao powder

Generous pinch salt flakes or fine sea salt

½ cup (100g) virgin coconut oil, melted – make sure you choose a brand that you have tried and like the flavour of

¼ cup (60 mL) maple syrup  

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

2 Tablespoons cacao nibs, for sprinkling

A little extra flaky salt, for sprinkling

What to do

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the ground almonds, coconut, chia or flax seeds, cacao powder and salt.
  2. Mix the coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla bean together in a measuring cup or small mixing bowl.
  3. Use a metal spoon to stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until combined.
  4. Pour into a small tray lined with baking paper (it doesn't matter if it doesn't fill up the tray).
  5. Sprinkle with the cacao nibs and a little extra salt. That's it folks!
  6. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes to set.
  7. Cut into small squares and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
     

Healthy eating and regular physical activity are important parts of living well through menopause. But if symptoms of menopause are affecting your daily life, it's time to take back control.

Start today by completing the Menopause Symptom Checklist. Then take the results to your doctor to talk about managing menopause well.

 

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Pfizer Australia Pty Limited. Pfizer Medical Information: 1800 675 229. 38-42 Wharf Road, West Ryde, NSW, 2114.

PP-DUA-AUS-0114, 07/2017

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*Based on using ¼ cup (60 mL) of maple syrup as stated in the recipe and cutting the slice into 20 small squares, each square will contain 3 mL of sweetener, which is a little over the 2.5 mL in ½ teaspoon.