Happy hump day friends! I hope you are enjoying your week and continuing to get things accomplished so you are closer to a care-free holiday weekend. I am concentrating on work and continuing to tackle my Pilates teacher training hours while also giving some of my attention to MSF projects, all exciting stuff I can’t wait to share!
In the meantime, I want to talk about the ingredient highlighted this week on Wellness Wednesday. I’m always searching for interesting trends in the health and wellness space and this is one that fascinated me.
There has been a lot done in the past with the coffee plant. Green coffee beans were found to be helpful with metabolism so you started seeing them in weight-loss products. Coffee grounds applied to the skin helped with circulation and reducing the appearance of cellulite (see more here) so they were included in lotions and scrubs, and now there are studies out that show the benefits of using coffee flour instead of the common varieties we are used to (oat, white, wheat, brown rice, etc.).
I of course had to do some digging and first find out a) what it was, b) what was so great about it and finally c) create a simple recipe so we can enjoy this new trendy flour.
I have to say after doing all the above, I really got on board with coffee flour. My favorite thing about coffee flour is not necessarily the nutritional value but rather the change in the production of coffee.
Before coffee flour was a thing, billions of pounds of coffee fruit were discarded as a byproduct of coffee production (that’s the amount in just one year). Now coffee flour is made by converting the otherwise discarded fruit of the coffee plant into flour. Just by purchasing coffee flour you are ensuring there are more jobs for farmers and protecting the environment at the same time!
So what is so great about coffee flour health-wise? Besides being non-GMO and naturally gluten-free, coffee flour is high in fiber, protein AND antioxidants. It is also rich in iron and potassium.
There is a little caffeine in coffee flour but in no way equates to the level in a cup of coffee. Think more along the lines of chocolate or mildly sweet desserts. Below is a yummy way to incorporate coffee flour into your day, simple and decadent truffles.
MSF Coffee Flour Truffles
2/3 c coconut flour
½ c coffee flour
½ c cacao or cocoa powder (more for coating)
¼ tsp Himalayan pink salt
¼ c raw almond butter
¼ c maple syrup
¼ c melted coconut oil
2 TBL dark chocolate chips
In large bowl, whisk flours, cacao powder, and salt in bowl. Place remaining ingredients in food processor except chocolate chips and pulse so combine. Add flour mixture and pulse until dough forms. Add chocolate chips and pulse until incorporated. Roll mixture into balls and place in lined baking sheet in freezer for 10 minutes. Remove from freezer and roll in remaining cacao powder. Enjoy! Store in airtight container in refrigerator up to one week.
Wishing you a great rest of your week whatever you’re up to and hoping you get to whip up a batch of these truffles or find another fun way to treat yourself. If you do make them tag me on Instagram @mysimplyfit so I can check them out!
Off to watch some Ellen while I prepare for the rest of the week. Have a great Wednesday!