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Date balls [message #2551] Sun, 23 September 2018 11:25 Go to next message
Michael32 is currently offline  Michael32
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Exclamation RECIPE CONTAINS ALLERGENS Exclamation

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Ingredients
- 1 and 1/2 glass of nuts
- pinch of salt
- 1 glass of dried seedless dates
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla (i used 5 drops of vanilla extract as a replacement)
- 1/3 glass of 100% cocoa powder
- 3-4 tablespoons of water

Instructions
Blend well nuts with salt.
Add dates, vanilla and cocoa powder and blend till everything is well mixed together.
Add water gradually to glue the mass. (1 tablespoon, blend for a few seconds, second tablespoon, blend, and so forth)
When everything is well glued together, start forming little balls with your hands.
Keep them in airtight container in the fridge up to 1 week.

Notes
For nuts i used cashew nuts and will try almonds next time. This is so super easy recipe that you can make your own variations by mixing nuts, add other dried fruits or coconut shreds etc. Balls in flavour aren't very sweet. If you ever tried Ferrero Roche before, it remindes me of it.

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Re: Date balls [message #2552 is a reply to message #2551] Mon, 24 September 2018 23:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Cocoa contains caffeine it's better to use carob.
Re: Date balls [message #2553 is a reply to message #2552] Tue, 25 September 2018 12:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I wasn't aware of it. Thank you Louis! Gonna learn more about carob i guess Smile
Re: Date balls [message #2554 is a reply to message #2552] Sat, 29 September 2018 13:09 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Actually read these. Chocolate contains no caffeine, it contains Theobromine which is used in asthma inhalers. It's structure is close to that of caffeine so it is often confused as caffeine even though its effects are different.
http://www.xocoatl.org/caffeine.htm
http://drc.whiteestate.org/files/6340.pdf
The Second link is from a letter a long while back so the last paragraph is not meant to be racial but was a term used in the early 1930s.
Re: Date balls [message #2563 is a reply to message #2554] Tue, 02 October 2018 20:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Theobromine is still a stimulant if you are unsure whether to eat chocolate(cocoa) or not, ask 5 other people here, or create a poll.
Re: Date balls [message #2564 is a reply to message #2563] Wed, 03 October 2018 18:10 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Although when I read the list of the effects that theobromine has, it seems like it's a safe type of stimulant if that makes any sense. Taken from the link posted earlier, here are the effects of theobromine vs caffiene.

Theobromine
gentle
mild effect
very slow onset
long lasting
50% in bloodstream after 6 to 10 hrs
increases feeling of well being
mild antidepressant
gentle, smooth, sensual stimulation
stimulates cardiovascular system
stimulates muscular system
mild effect on central nervous system
almost no one is allergic
not addictive
no withdrawal symptoms
mild diuretic
stimulates the the kidneys

Caffiene
intense
strong effect
fast acting
rapid dissipation
50% in bloodstream after 2 to 5 hrs
increases alertness
increases emotional stress
jagged, nervous stimulation
stimulates cardiovascular system
stimulates respiratory system
strong effect on central nervous system
many people allergic
physically addictive
many proven withdrawal symptoms
extreme diuretic
requires large intake of fluids to balance the diuretic effect

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Re: Date balls [message #2565 is a reply to message #2564] Wed, 03 October 2018 22:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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http://www.rawsomehealthy.com/what-makes-chocolate-unhealthy /
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theobromine_poisoning

Caffeine metabolizes in the liver and turns in to 3 different chemicals in the body, one of them is theobromine.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Caffeine_metabolites.svg

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Re: Date balls [message #2567 is a reply to message #2565] Sat, 06 October 2018 13:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Too much of anything is bad for you. Eating too much plants in the collards family can hinder iodine absorption. Eating too much watermelon can result in nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, indigestion and bloating. Everything is about balance
Partake of This in Moderation.--Parents often make a mistake by giving their children too much food. Children treated in this way will grow up dyspeptics. Moderation in the use of even good food is essential. Parents, place before your children the amount they should eat. Leave it not with them to eat just as much as they may feel inclined. . . . Parents, unless this point is guarded, your children will have dull perceptions. They may attend school, but they will be unable to learn as they ought; for the strength which should go to the brain is used in taking care of the extra food that burdens the stomach. Parents need to be educated to see that too much food given to children makes them feeble instead of robust. {CG 391.1}
Re: Date balls [message #2568 is a reply to message #2567] Sun, 07 October 2018 03:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4335269/

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Over the last decades, a remarkable progress has allowed understanding some of the molecular mechanisms that are behind the proved health benefits of cacao consumption in man. Apart from the high content of antioxidants, solid evidence points to methylxanthines as key players in the beneficial effects. Caffeine has been classically considered with higher potential than other methylxanthines. Recent studies have highlighted the potential of theobromine, which may act as antitumoral, anti-inflammatory or cardiovascular protector molecule without the undesirable side effects described for caffeine. The main mechanisms of action of theobromine are inhibition of phosphodiesterases and blockade of adenosine receptors but, interestingly, it exhibits other important adenosine receptor-independent effects as the reduction of cellular oxidative stress or regulation of gene expression. In this sense, theobromine could be considered a safe and natural alternative in the treatment of some human diseases and may serve as lead compound for the development of novel drugs


https://www.nutritionadvance.com/theobromine-benefits/

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According to the USDA nutrient database, various chocolate/cocoa products contain the following amounts of theobromine per 100 grams;
Unsweetened cocoa powder: 2634 mg (3)
Baking chocolate (unsweetened): 1297 mg (4)
Dark chocolate (70% cocoa): 802 mg (5)
Mars Twix (twin bar): 39.9 mg (6)
White chocolate: 0 mg (7)

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All in all, theobromine is an interesting compound that shares some of the characteristics of caffeine. Similar to other stimulants, it can have both positive and negative effects, depending on the person and the dose. The foods which contain theobromine taste delicious, and the compound does offer some nice health benefits. But it is an "extra" rather than an essential.

So as said above, theobromine seems to be safe, but me thinks now that cocoa should be used once in a while and when diseased, but not regularly. Like one chocolate square per week if we have one bar left somewhere and we don't want it to be wasted, or something. We can also ignore cocoa totally since it is "an extra". So as for recipes containing cocoa (like this one) it would be better to switch to carob in my opinion.

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Re: Date balls [message #2569 is a reply to message #2568] Sun, 07 October 2018 09:16 Go to previous message
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So I suppose the reasonable route to go here is if one wants to use cocoa, he may but only use it occasionally.
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