Raw Chocolate

by Sasha on January 30, 2012

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.

Raw Cacao

I HEART CACAO

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.

I Love Raw Chocolate!

I love Raw Chocolate!

Chocolate Overload?

Chocolate Overload?

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

 

Raw Cherry Chocolates

Raw Cherry Chocolates

 

Lemon Turtles

Next time they will be mixed with a nut butter to mock the traditional turtles. My sister picked up all of these cute molds.

Raw Chocolate

Little Turtles

 

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.


Chocolate Love

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?

 

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Kimmy January 30, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Oh wow – those look *amazing*!
I decided to have a chocolate free month this month and can’t wait for the newsletter to see how to make some raw chocolate to ease back into it.
Looks so good! Where do you buy your heirloom cacao?

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Sasha January 30, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Hi Kimmy,

Thanks Kimmy, Wow a chocolate free month. Are you doing a cleanse? So you will be back on track for Valentines Day? I buy my raw cacao powder either online at Upaya. There is a link to their site in my “SHOP” section. As well you can also get it at Fiddleheads. I hopefully will be selling some soon. (Fingers crossed). If you are buying it from the health food stores just bring the name with you on a piece of paper and check when you get there.

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Lisa January 30, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Mmmmm….I love raw chocolate! I’ve never made it in molds, but I like the idea! I use cacao everyday…

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Sasha January 30, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Hi Lisa,

Great to hear that you use it everyday. I use it a lot in my smoothies too. However I do like have little treats around the house that I can grab when needed. Thanks for your comment.

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JodyLynn @ Healthy Heyday January 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm

WOW, Sasha! What a labor of love! I love raw chocolaty goodness. Love your molds! Your little helper is a doll! Thanks for all the nutritional information and history on cacao. Interesting stuff. My favorite combo is cacao and cayenne. I will have to experiment next time I make a batch and incorporate some super foods. Your Super Food Hearts sound (and look) amazing! Your are set for Valentines, Girl! 🙂

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Sasha January 30, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Hi Jody,

Thanks you! Yes cacao and cayenne. We did sprinkle some in there but just a pinch. Thanks for reminding me. Yes chocolate is a awesome way to sneak in those super foods. I will have to make another batch for Valentines Day. My hubby loves raw chocolate and I will need a new batch by then.:) My sister found those cute molds aren’t they adorable.

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Michelle January 30, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Hey Sasha
The chocolates not only looked great, but they tasted great! We are still enjoying them, over here at our house!!! Thanks for teaching me how to make them.

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Samantha January 31, 2012 at 1:53 pm

so cute!!! Okay, maybe I remember that you got a new site….I have been totally out of the loop lately….plesae forgive!!!!
I really do LOVE your new website and changed it on my website too!!!

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Sasha January 31, 2012 at 5:58 pm

No worries. Thanks I am glad you like it.

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