Raw Chocolate 4 ways!

images-80Raw chocolate is an ultimate superfood! Being one of the most anti-oxidant rich foods on the planet with the highest amount of magnesium of any food. Raw being the key word here…

 

Commercial chocolate does not have the same amazing health benefits for these reasons:

  • Heated to excessive temperatures destroying its qualities
  • Mixed with damaged  trans fats(vegetable oils) clogging our liver
  • Added mucous forming in-organic dairy milk
  • Laden with crack, erm I mean white sugar!

When you make it yourself you can take out these nasties and get the full endorphin releasing, heart buzzing benefits. A key point here is if it says cocoa its not raw but if it says cacao it is raw, got it, good!

Whats in the raw stuff

Anti-oxidants these are free radical scavengers; Basically the good guys that kill the bad guys that age us. We need lots of these to stay looking young and beautiful!

Magnesium is needed to soothe the nervous system and aid muscle relaxation plus it is second only to silica for building strong bones. The heart muscle needs the most magnesium and it is one of the major deficiencies in our society due to it no longer being in our vegetables from depleted soils from over farming.

Anti-Depressant Properties
Cacao is a great source of serotonin, dopamine, and phenylethylamine, three well-studied neurotransmitters, which help alleviate depression and are associated with feelings of well being.
Another reason why we are hooked is because cacao also contains monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAO Inhibitors) that improve our mood because they allow serotonin and dopamine to remain in the bloodstream longer without being broken down.
It also contains  a rare molecule called anandamide which means “eternal bliss” in Sanskrit! Ahhh!!

B Vitamins & Aminos Acids 
Cacao also contains B vitamins, which are needed for cognitive health and brain sharpness plus significant quantities of the amino acid tryptophan needed for our nervous system and is yet another powerful mood-enhancing nutrient.

A word of caution, raw and commercial chocolate also contains theobromine (a caffeine like substance) and caffeine. This is why I don’t overdo my consumption when I am feeling a bit overstressed as it can make me feel jittery and I never eat it past 8pm at night!

images-108Hot Chocolate Drink
For those who are hooked on the morning coffee or tea this is a great healthy alternative thats still going to give you that morning boost.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp raw cacao powder
  • Organic Coconut Milk or Hemp Milk (click here for recipe)
  • Maple Syrup or choice of sweetener (click here for natural sweeteners)
  • Dash of cinnamon

Method

  • Heat milk in sauce pan
  • Whisk in chocolate powder
  • Add sweetener & cinnamon and serve

Alternatively you can add half a mug of the milk and top up with boiling water from the kettle. Play around with measurements to suit your tastes. The superfood Maca is also a fav in our household in this drink which is a great energy booster and hormone regulator.

images-110Raw Chocolate Bars
These are a firm favourite of mine and are great as a gift too!

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 40g cacao butter
  • 40g coconut oil
  • 60g cacao powder
  • pinch of himalayan/sea salt
  • 1tbsp lucuma (optional)
  • ½ tbsp vanilla powder or ½ pod
  • 2- 3 tbsp maple syrup (or sweetener of choice click here)
  • 1 tbsp maca or another superfood (optional)

Method:

  • Place a clean bowl over a saucepan of hot water (bain marie)
  • Add the cacao butter and coconut oil to the bowl & allow to melt slowly. Don’t keep the water boiling, turn the heat off and just give it a quick blast every so often if necessary
  • Once melted add the cacao powder and whisk in
  • Add the salt, lucuma, vanilla and sweetener and whisk again
  • Pour into moulds
  • Add goji berries, mulberries or nuts etc on top for extra detail or push inside (optional)
  • Set in the freezer for 1-2 hours
  • Remove from moulds and store in the fridge!

Use a silicone mould. I have lovely heart shaped moulds and found it was cheaper to buy ice cube silicone moulds than chocolate ones and they are just the same!

easy-chocolate-recipes2Raw chocolate smoothie
Like a divine chocolate moose mmmm!

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 frozen Bananas (remove skin, break into to pieces to freeze)
  • 1 cup Hemp or Coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup Cacao Powder
  • Maple syrup to sweeten (optionl)

Method

  • Take out bananas from freezer and leave to thaw for 10 mins
  • Add all ingredients, whizz up in blender and serve

Play around with desired consistency and sweetness. You can also just use un-frozen bananas but I like the ice-cream texture of frozen ones! You can be adventurous and add other fruits etc and it tastes amazing with a big dollop of almond butter or handful of spinach chucked in it for a green veggie hit!

images-112Raw Chocolate Body Bar
Amazingly good for the skin. Moisturising and nourishing, just smooth or massage into the body. Make by using the same process as the chocolates but just take out the sweeteners and add in some essential oils!

Ingredients:

  • 40g Cacao Butter
  • 40g Coconut oil
  • 60g Cacao Powder
  • 3 drops Lavender or ylang ylang (or your fav)

Method 

  • Place a clean bowl over a saucepan of hot water (bain marie)
  • Add the cacao butter and coconut oil to the bowl & allow to melt slowly. Don’t keep the water boiling, turn the heat off and just give it a quick blast every so often if necessary
  • Once melted add the cacao powder and whisk in
  • Pour into larger square/bar mould
  • Set in the freezer for 1-2 hours
  • Remove from moulds and store in the fridge!

Make sure you buy the best organic brand of Cacao powder as this will have the richest amount of magnesium and good stuff in it and won’t be sprayed with chemicals. I like www.revolution-foods.com

You should be able to get a good organic Cacao butter from your local health shop or online. If you have trouble locating one the recipes can be made without it, it just means they will melt quicker in your hands!

My favourite brand of Coconut Oil is Virdian click here this one stays super fresh and doesn’t go rancid like cheaper brands.

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