Raw Cacao is a super food. It is a great sources of magnesium and one of the highest antioxidant foods in the world. It is one of the staples in my home. The chocolate tree is known as Theobroma Cacao and the translation means ” Food of the Gods”.
My sister came over this week and we had a lot of fun in the kitchen making raw chocolates. To be honest we over did it a little bit-okay not really but close! When you make your own raw chocolate it is so much fun and it is healthy for you. You get to be creative and I like to call it play for the “soul”. (Actually raw food fits into that description as well)
You become the artist making whatever your heart desires.
When Michelle and I get together in the kitchen it is a lot of fun and it is a crazy creative time. If you have taken a raw food class with me you will know this already. We like to have fun in the kitchen. That is why you won’t see a lot of shots of the counter space as we have spills and stuff everywhere. Plus we had 2 little children to look after. My cutie little nephew got involved.
We made a lot of raw chocolates. Raw cherry, super food hearts, peppermint and lemon ginger. I think that might be it. Oh yes we also made super energy bars with left over chocolate which I will share later.
Chocolate Stars with Dried Cherry in Middle
Next time they will be mixed with a nut butter to mock the traditional turtles. My sister picked up all of these cute molds.
The Super Food hearts
Then the super powered hearts. If you are new to raw chocolate then sometimes the smaller molds are great for you to start with. I don’t make my raw chocolate sweet so if you are new to it, it can take a period of adjustment. These are my super food raw chocolates filled with reishi mushroom, lots of blue green algae, cacao nibs for a crunch and spirulina.
Really I have a zillion more photos to show you. We probably made over 5o chocolates. We also used an ice cube tray as well to get a different shape of chocolate.
Raw chocolate is really so easy to make. It is a combination of raw cacao butter, cacao powder, pinch of salt and sweetener of your choice. I will be sharing with your in more detail how to make raw chocolate in our upcoming newsletter.
Remember when you buy your chocolate make sure that it is the raw version or you are going to loose all of the amazing nutritional benefits from the cooking process. I buy heirloom cacao native-born Ecuadorian species named “Arriba Nacional-Fino de Aroma”. If you want more information on raw cacao and why you need to be careful where you get your cacao from you can listen to this older webcast by David Wolfe talking about the cacao industry and hybrid versions of cacao that you will want to avoid.
Love to hear your thoughts on raw chocolate and if you have made your own or would like to learn how to? Any favourite flavour combinations that you like?