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For the Love of Cacao

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By: Brooke R. and Olga G. September 6, 2017

The Benefits of Cacao

Known as “The Food of Gods” raw cacao reaps many benefits. It can lower blood pressure, improve circulation, and promote cardiovascular function and health. It can also neutralize free radicals, improve digestion, and enhance physical and mental well-being. There are many components of cacao including alkaloids, proteins, beta-carotene, leucine, linoleic, lipase, lysine, and theobromine, which all work synergistically on our system.

Moreover, cacao has been known for centuries as an aphrodisiac. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which stimulates the same hormone your body releases during sex. It also jolts dopamine production in the brain.

Let’s Break it Down

Cacao is the raw, unprocessed configuration of chocolate in form of a seed.  These untreated seeds are referred to as cacao beans and are considered to be a superfood amongst health and wellness gurus. This is not a surprise, being that raw cacao offers a wealth of antioxidants, and essential vitamins and minerals including:

  • Magnesium, and other essential minerals including calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese
  • Polyphenols called flavonoids, with antioxidant properties
  • Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E
  • Essential heart-healthy fat: oleic acid a monounsaturated fat
  • Protein
  • Fiber

Raw Chocolate Bark

INGREDIENTS

Chocolate:

1 cup raw cacao

1 ¼ cup coconut oil melted

¾ coconut nectar

Toppings:

2 tablespoons chopped almonds

2 tablespoons cacao nibs

1 tablespoon finely chopped dates

⅛ teaspoon Himalayan sea salt

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a high speed blender, blend raw cacao, coconut oil, and coconut nectar together.
  2. Pour the liquid chocolate mixture onto a tray with a silicone mat in place (you can substitute silicone mat with wax paper.)
  3. Sprinkle cacao nibs and chopped almonds on top of the chocolate, cover the entire layer.
  4. Place it in a refrigerator for an hour to firm.
  5. Remove and break the chocolate into pieces.