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  • Raw macadamia caramel slice.....

    Makes 16 pieces

    Ingredients -Top chocolate layer

    200g 70% cacao dark chocolate

    Method

    Melt the dark chocolate in the top part of a double boiler and set aside to cool. Line a 20cm square cake tin with baking paper, allowing 2 sides to overhang for easy removal.

    Ingredients - Base layer

    1 cup raw macadamias
    12 fresh Medjool dates, pitted
    4 tablespoons cacao powder
    ½ cup cranberries
    ½ cup desiccated coconut

    Method

    For the base layer, place the macadamias in a food processor and blend until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and process until the mixture forms a ball. Press the mixture evenly into the lined cake tin and place in the freezer.

    Ingredients -Caramel layer

    2 cups raw macadamias
    4 fresh Medjool dates, pitted
    4 tablespoons coconut cream
    2 tablespoons maple syrup
    2 tablespoons coconut oil 

    Method

    For the caramel layer, place the macadamias and dates in a food processor and blend until as smooth as possible. If necessary, use a blender to achieve a smooth consistency. Add the remaining ingredients and process until combined. Smooth the caramel over the base layer and return to the freezer for 15 minutes.

    Remove the slice from the freezer and gently lift it from the tin. Place on a flat surface and pour the chocolate over to cover evenly. Before the chocolate has completely set, cut into squares.

    Serve once the chocolate has set. Store in the fridge.

    Photo and recipe from http://www.australian-macadamias.org/consumer/en/taste/recipes/item/368-raw-macadamia-caramel-slice

  • Are Macadamia Nuts good for gut Health.....

    Preliminary research suggests nuts could be good for gut health, which adds to the large body of evidence on how nuts improve health and wellbeing.

    The gut microbiome (the community of different bacteria in the intestine) is an increasingly popular area of study among researchers and is now believed to impact on the development of chronic diseases. 

    To read the full article please see link below:

    Are nuts one of the secrets to a healthy gut microbiome?

    http://www.australian-macadamias.org/trade/en/news/item/227-are-nuts-one-of-the-secrets-to-a-healthy-gut-microbiome

  • #nuts30days30ways

    The crack-a-mac team proudly supports Nuts for Life #nuts30days30ways challenge!

    See below for more details how you can take part too.....

    This March, Nuts for Life is asking you to take the #nuts30days30ways challenge by including a healthy handful (30g) of nuts in your diet every day for the month.

    Packed full of essential nutrients, just a handful of nuts a day can help you manage weight and cholesterol, as well as reduce your risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.

    But despite their health benefits, Australians still aren’t eating enough. The Australian Health Survey found on average, Australians are eating just 6g of nuts a day.

    Help us spread the nut love and take the #nuts30days30ways challenge this March by simply sharing your nutty meals on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #nuts30days30ways. 

    So get cracking and snapping, and share how you enjoy #nuts30days30ways! 

    www.nutsforlife.com.au 

  • Are Macadamia Nuts Healthy?

    by Ron Rogers @ www.livestrong.com

    Macadamia nuts are loaded with fat and high in calories. These are not traits you would generally associate with a healthy food. But, before you write macadamia nuts off, you should also know that they are a unique source of key nutrients and actually are good for your heart. In the context of a healthy diet, macadamia nuts are a snack alternative you can feel good about.

    Fat

    Macadamia nuts are among the fattiest of all nuts. Surprisingly, it may be the fat in the nuts that makes them healthy. The majority of the fat in Macadamia nuts is in the form of monounsaturated fatty acids. A Chinese study published in 2006 in the "International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research" found that 82.6 percent of the fat in macadamia nuts is monounsaturated. In comparison, olive oil, a highly touted source of monounsaturated fatty acids, contains 55 to 83 percent monounsaturated fats. These types of fatty acids benefit the cardiovascular system.

    Other Nutrients

    Like other nuts, macadamia nuts contain a good deal of fiber. One oz. of macadamia nuts contains about 2.3 g of fiber. That's about 10 percent of your daily fiber needs in 10 to 12 nuts, according to the "Carbs-Information" web resource. Fiber adds bulk to the stools and keeps the bowels moving regularly. According to a 2007 article in the "Journal of Environmental Science and Health," macadamia nuts are also a source of important trace minerals, including magnesium, calcium, iron, copper, chromium, manganese and zinc.

    Research

    Several studies link macadamia nut consumption to improved blood lipid profiles and reduced coronary risks. One such study, at Pennsylvania State University was published in the "Journal of Nutrition" in 2008. That study compared the effects of two similar diets with equal amounts of fat, protein and carbohydrate. One group received the bulk of their dietary fat from macadamia nuts, while the other group got their fat from other sources. At the end of five weeks, both groups reduced their "bad" LDL cholesterol, but the macadamia nut group had significantly greater decreases in both LDL and total cholesterol.

    References

    • "International Journal of Vitamin and Nutrition Research"; Alpha-Linolenic Acid Content of Commonly Available Nuts in Hangzhou; D. Li, T. Yao, and S. Siriamornpun; January 2006
    • "Journal of Environmental Science and Health"; Elemental Composition and Characteristics of Five Edible Nuts (Almonds, Brazil, Pecan, Macadamia and Walnuts) Consumed in Southern Africa; R. Moodley, A. Kindness and S. Jonnalagadda; June-July 2007
    • "Journal of Nutrition"; A Macadamia Nut-Rich Diet Reduces Total and LDL-Cholesterol in Mildly Hypercholesterolemic Men and Women; A. Griel, Y. Cao, D. Bagshaw, et. al.; 2008
    • Article sourced from http://www.livestrong.com/article/360245-are-macadamia-nuts-healthy/