Hello everyone! I feel like it’s been a lifetime since I’ve posted. I have been busy since school finished; converting my hobby to my business. As you can see my website has now become www.lallnutrition.com complete with a new logo and services (soon!) BUT with all the content and fun of www.lifeaftergrains.com. I hope the slightly new look and feel resonates with you. It was hard saying goodbye to my blog name of over 2 years :’(

Well, all endings make way for new beginnings and this is just a continuation on the path. Ok, enough, on to today’s post!

The last few days I have been feeling very strange: I’ve had somewhat of a lack of appetite, only wanting to eat certain foods and flavors, and not wanting any chocolate (Mon Dieu!). This weird feeling towards food was because I was detoxing, let me explain. I had a very intense (VERY) deep muscle massage (somewhat intentional, but I got a doozy of one) and it through me into detox mode because so many toxins were released. I felt like I was sick and feverish after the massage but really wasn’t ‘sick’. I was achy, moody, cloudy, depressed, and just out of it for 3 whole days! Anyways, after all those crazy symptoms I have been slowly gaining my appetite back and craving a wider variety of  food! One craving kept coming up: I  wanted to consume something dense, sweet and chocolaty (finally!) and kept thinking of these power snacks I had had from Navitas. These snacks were the inspiration for today’s recipe and I used some of the key ingredients in their mix but added my own flair and opted out of any ‘natural chocolate flavor’.

These cacao-goji-maca squares have a lovely flavor: the mix of maca and raw cacao make them taste a bit smoky, which I like. The dates lend a caramel flavor and the chia seeds give them some crunch. The goji berries add a hint of colour and a ton of antioxidants. Last but not least the pumpkin seed base I used packs a nutritional punch in terms of zinc and anti-parasitic action, oh yummy!

goji maca cacao 2IMG_8905Ingredients:

Makes 8 x 1” squares, Please use organic for the most nutrition and least chemicals!

  • ½ cup of pumpkin seeds (sprouted and dried is best)
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp maca
  • 1 tbsp goji berries
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 medjool dates
  • Sprinkle of Himalayan pink salt
  • ½ tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp filtered water


  1. Add pumpkin seeds to a food processor and pulse until fine but not until it turns to butter.
  2. Add raw cacao, maca, goji berries, dates and pulse until well combined.
  3. Add coconut oil, salt and water and pulse until dough like.
  4. Remove dough and press into a pan to a height of 1”. Divide and cut into 8 pieces.
  5. You can store these yummy gems in the freezer but is best to devour immediately!

Better for you ingredients:

Pumpkin Seeds

  • One of the best sources of plant-based zinc
  • Zinc is needed for  a healthy immune system, healthy skin, healthy sperm + prostate, and in joint health
  • Protein rich, also contains the amino acid tryptophan which promotes sleep
  • Contains manganese (free-radical scavenger, therefore less unnecessary aging), magnesium (for muscle relaxation and proper fat metabolism), iron (for healthy blood)
  • Contain phytosterols which are a naturally occurring compound with cholesterol-lowering properties (yay heart health!)
  • Contains omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids which cannot be manufactured in the body and must be obtained through diet


  • Ancient Peruvian superfood
  • An adaptogen which allows the body to stay in the resistance stage in a stress response longer preventing ‘crashing’ or ‘burning out’
  • Used to balance the body’s endocrine system
  • Aids in reproductive function by balancing hormones and increasing fertility

Goji berries

  • Considered a superfood and found natively in the Himalayas
  • Contain a large dose of vitamin C which is good for immunity, combating free radical damage, stress, and heart health
  • Contain more beta-carotene than carrots gram for gram
  • Beta-carotene converts to vitamin A in the body and is needed for healthy eyes, skin and  a well functioning digestive tract

More about Chia here and raw cacao here



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