The Raw Chocolate Challenge
Chocolate may have a bad reputation for being highly addictive and loaded with sugar and fat. However, would Mother Nature really create something as tasty as cacao if it were bad for us...?
For all you chocolate lovers out there, please rest assured that there is hope. Chocolate IS good for us. It is only the sugars, fats, milk and other additives added to your average chocolate bar that make chocolate so unhealthy.
Chocolate in its raw, unprocessed form made from pure, ground up cocoa beans is not just healthy, it is a bit of a superfood. Called 'raw cocoa powder' this stuff is unsweetened, tastes slightly bitter and is fantastically rich in antioxidants, minerals as well as mood-boosting and energy-providing substances. Raw cocoa can do a world of good for both our physical and mental well being.
So if you are a true chocolate lover but don't want the detrimental side effects of an unhealthy chocolate bar, try to switch to raw chocolate if you can and make your own treats. This is much simpler than you can ever imagine (see example recipe below).
if you are a real dark chocolate fan, you could even try snacking on some ‘raw cacao nibs’. These are raw cacao beans smashed up into little pieces. They give you a super chocolate kick without the added sugar rush.
Cacao nibs are also great to liven up your morning porridge. Just add a small handful to your finished bowl, mix in half a banana and some sliced almonds or coconut chips, yum! A great way to start your day all chocolaty but completely guilt free.
Both raw cacao powder and raw cacao nibs are available online, in most health shops and in some larger supermarket chains.
Not convinced you'll like raw cocoa?
Then I dare you take the RAW CHOCOLATE BROWNIE challenge.
These brownies, the result of my random experimentation and now my quickest and most simple treat dish is always a winner. I have yet to find a person who doesn’t like them. And best of all, these are made in about five minutes and are 100% natural, healthy with no nasty additives!
If you suffer from a nut allergy, simply replace the cashew nuts with sunflower seeds.
Kay's Raw Chocolate Brownies
No oven needed…made in minutes, eaten in seconds!
2 tbsp of organic raw cacao powder (approx 20-30 g or more if you prefer a dark chocolately taste)
90g porridge oats
150g of cashews
250g pitted dates (the stickier the date, the better)
2 heaped tablespoons raw virgin coconut oil, slowly melted in a pan
pinch of sea salt
1-2 table spoons of water (no more or it may go too sticky)
What to do?
1. Put all ingredients in a food processor apart from the water and blitz until the ingredients form a dry crumble. You can blitz the dates and cashews seperately to start with if your food processor isn't that powerfull.
2. Add the water 1 tbsp at a time and blitz again. The mixture can easily get too sticky if you add too much water at once.
3. Put the mixed mass in a brownie tin (at any thickness you like, so the size of brownie tin doesn't matter) and with the back of a knife cut it into brownie sized pieces. I like mine BIG! But don't forget to share :)
4. Although you can eat these straigt away, they taste best refrigerated for approximately half an hour or until cold.