Cacao and it’s benefits….


(Cacao & hazelnut choc pots)

I use raw cacao powder in pretty much all of my raw bakes. It is rich in flavour and is packed full of antioxidants, containing 20 times more antioxidants than blueberries! In fact it contains the highest antioxidant levels of any natural foods on Earth. Making it one heck of a superfood and far superior than regular cocoa or processed chocolate. The health benefits are ridiculous, containing calcium, protein, magnesium, riboflavin and carotene. A natural mood enhancer and fantastic for balancing hormones.

The Theobrama Tree ( The cacao beans or seeds come from this tree, are roasted and ground to make cacao powder)


Last week I made some delicious chocolate hearts. They were so easy to make and definitely sorted my choc fix out. I use the mixture for the topping on my caramel slices too.


Ingredients 

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup cacao powder

4 tbsps maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla essence

Method 

In a pan on a low heat, melt the coconut oil. Add the maple syrup and vanilla and stir. Then pour all the cacao powder in. I use a metal whisk and stir until the powder is cooked out. It should look shiny and shouldn’t be too thin or thick.


Pour it into moulds of your choice and then freeze.


(I added chopped hazelnuts to the mixture above)

Once you take them out of the freezer, they do need to be eaten sharpish, otherwise they will melt.

I’m working on a recipe to help them stop melting and last longer, so watch this space 🙂

Protein balls 


Mix a 1/4 cup of cacao powder

10 dates

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 1/2 cups of almonds & walnuts

Blitz up and then roll into balls. I rolled the balls in coconut to give a bit more texture. Freeze and take out as and when.

Cacao is now stocked in most supermarkets, try to buy organic raw cacao, as this is the least processed kind and therefore much better for you.

More recipes to follow on my next blog 🙂

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