Another day, another guilt-free chocolate creation. I was about to make some chocolate for an afternoon boost, and couldn't decide between a simple chocolate bar or raw brownies. Then I thought, I want both in one bite. So this happened. And it was heaven. Cacao has many health benefits. It is truly a superfood, but of course, when it's in its pure unrefined state and not when consumed in excess or with loads of refined sugar and dairy.
Pure unrefined (raw) cacao properties:
- Rich in magnesium - essential nutrients for vitality
- High in antioxidants - cancer and heart disease prevention
- High in iron - provides oxygen to cells
- High in chromium - balances blood sugar
- Theobromine - lowers blood pressure, boosts energy
- Dopamine - Neurotransmitter that boosts pleasure
- Serotonin - Neurotransmitter that balances mood and fights stress
- Tryptophan - an amino acid that is the most commonly deficient
So there you have it. Raw chocolate is simply good for you in right amounts. I'm going to be celebrating the weekend with this creation. I hope you do too.
20 medjool dates, pitted
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
Pinch of celtic sea salt
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup raw cacao paste (or caca powder)
2 Tablespoons coconut nectar or raw honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until well combined and mixture holds together when pressed with fingers.
- Line a small dish with parchment paper and press mixture down to form layer. Make sure to use a dish where you will cover all the surface, I used a 5 x 7 dish.
- Place in the refrigerator while you prepare the top layer.
- Mix melted coconut oil and cacao paste (melt ahead) or cacao powder.
- Place in a bowl and whisk in remaining ingredients.
- Pour over bottom layer and place back in the refrigerator until set, about 20-30 minutes.
- Cut into slices to serve. Store in the refrigerator.
Makes 12 slices