It’s been a whole week of rain here in southern Brazil. The sky is grey, days are so wet and cold I almost forgot we are only three days from spring! On days like these it’s easy to tempted and go off diet, but I also have a great desire to go to the kitchen and prepare something tasty and cozy.

Today was the day to make an intuitive and nutritious recipe that I love. It has no name, but I call them Raw Cocoa Balls!

Want to try?

You’ll need:

• 250g of green banana biomass
• 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
• Something to sweeten: honey, brown sugar, cane syrup or other sweetener of your choice (I used honey)
• Raisins, walnuts, chestnuts (your choice)

Once you have all the ingredients, you just mix everything in a bowl to form a uniform mass. Then moisten your hands and roll them up.

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Always use some coverage, today I used almond flour, but you can also use cocoa nibs, which also is delicious!

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It’s a quick and easy recipe, made with ingredients you can (and should) find, stored in the pantry. Biomass is a very rich, healthy and helpful food. It is prebiotic, helps your get to work better. It strengthens your intestines by feeding the good bacteria and for having such a high level of resistant starches, helping to diminish the absorption of fats and glucose. Excellent for diabetics, people with high cholesterol or people that are frequently constipated. It is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, nicotinic acid, besides sodium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, phosphorus, sulphur, chlorine and iodine.

Here in Brazil it’s very easy to find green banana biomass ready in health food stores, but if you do not find it, it can be prepared at home. Do you want to know how?

• Wash the organic unripe bananas with their peels with water and soap and rinse them well.
• Cook the green bananas in a pressure cooker with boiling water (to create thermal shock).
• After, pressure cook them for 8 minutes, and turn it off.
• Let it sit while the air goes out
• When it is ready keep the bananas in the warm water
• Gradually remove the peel from the bananas and blend or process the pulp with water. It is important for it to be hot otherwise and can get crumbly. This is the green banana biomass.
• You can keep a part of it in the fridge to use it in a week or two. And the rest you can keep in the freezer to be used in 3 or 4 months. It needs to be reprocessed before being used.

Hope you will all try it and like it!

Om Shanti