Although many people say that eating dark chocolate is healthy because it contains a lot of antioxidants, the less processed raw cacao is even better for you. Cacao beans are the base of chocolates and many rich dishes in Central and South America, among other places like Mexico. When cacao beans are heated at a low temperature, they’re considered raw, and can be purchased whole, in nib pieces, or grounded.
Raw cacao can increase energy and decrease oxidation of the bad “cholesterol” in our bodies, which helps lower the risk of heart problems. Instead of dark chocolate after dinner, switch to organic, raw vegan cacao recipes.
Here are some healthy and nutritious recipes made with the superfood, raw cacao:
1.Raw Cacao Milk
At some point, we all need a moment of relaxation. Usually, these are the cold and rainy Sunday afternoon days. And what could accompany these moments more than a warm cup of raw cacao milk? This raw cacao milk recipe is gluten-free, sugar-free, soy-free, and lactose-free. Very delicious!
- 2 cups soaked almonds
- 1 cup soaked and pitted dates
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 vanilla bean seeds
- 1/2 TSP ginger
- 2-3 TSP cacao powder
Soak the almonds and dates overnight. Then, carefully wash the nuts with cold water and blend them (with the water) until no nut chunks remain. Next, strain through a nut bag and squeeze all of the liquid out. When you strain the water, blend with the dates until nice and creamy. Pour the milk back into the blender and add the rest of the ingredients. Blend for another minute. Finally, store in the fridge and enjoy!
2.Raw Cacao Truffles
Raw cacao is known as one of the greatest superfoods for health and vitality. When raw cacao beans are pressed and then grounded into a fine powder, the cacao powder becomes dark in color and rich in several nutrients. Raw cacao truffles are the perfect dessert, and super high in antioxidants. Let’s get cooking!
- 2 cups raw almonds
- 3/4 cup raw cacao powder
- 6 dates
- 1/2 cup organic raisins
- 1 TB. coconut oil
- 3 TF – 1/4 cup cold water
- 1 cup shredded, dried coconut flakes (optional)
First, grind the almonds in a food processor, then add the cacao powder, dates, raisins, and coconut oil. Once it’s all blended well, add the water to make the mixture soft and moist. Then, empty the mixture into a bowl. Take small amounts of the mixture and roll into balls (about smaller than a golf ball) between your palms. You may dip the balls into a cup of coconut flakes. Afterwards, keep in refrigerator to help the truffles harden for at least two hours before serving. That’s it!
3.Raw Avocado Cacao Mousse
This raw avocado cacao mousse is so creamy and smooth. The avocado gives the mousse a silky softness, and there are plenty of nutrients in the fruit. You could eat this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner because it’s incredibly healthy.
- 3/4 cup almond milk (you can make your own to make it 100% raw)
- 3 avocados, seeds removed and flesh scooped out of the seed
- a cup of cacao nibs or powder
- 1/4 cup agave nectar, or maple syrup
Put all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until it’s very smooth. Next, pour into 6 glasses and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. We recommend overnight for the best results! This recipe serves 6 to share with your family or friends.
For more information on raw cacao benefits and healthy recipes, contact Righteously Raw at (760) 734-1867. We’re an allergen-free company and use no nut ingredients in our products.