Vegan + Refined Sugar Free + Gluten Free
I don't feel like these need any introduction (then again nothing that has the word choc in does) except for - they're good...really good + addictive (take my word for it).
I will say a quick something on Cacao and it's benefits however (it's not a blog post if there ain't no explanation for something)
Cacao comes from the Cacao Bean (grows on a tree) and was used 4000 years ago by the ancient South American civilizations, such as the Maya, as medicine and for spiritual ceremonies. Click here for more info on the history of chocolate
Today it is known by many as the crazed word, 'superfood' (now I realise this is somewhat of a controversial word that the wellness world loves using for anything and everything to cover the priceyness of an item - all food is super... it keeps you alive).
With that being said I swear by this stuff - it's magical (and nobody can fight me because everybody loves chocolate).
It holds MANY beneficial + medicinal properties:
* It is a stimulant (it holds a certain amount of caffeine) so it helps with cognitive function + energy and "gets stuff done"much like coffee but without the crash
* It has the highest polyphenol content - which are antioxidants found in fruit, vegetables, wine and well... cacao. These polyphenols in turn have anti-inflammatory properties as they remove free radicials from the body.
* Improves blood flow (again brain function enhancer)
* Stabilizes blood sugar (the flavanols slows down carbohydrate digestion)
* Mood enhancer and can help for depression - the reason why people reach for chocolate when they are upset or feel 'down' - it gives you a dopamine hit. The conversion of tryptophan to serotonin gives you that calm and steady 'feel good' vibe.
These are just to name a few... so it's worth incorporating in your smoothies, baking, night time snack ritual etc.
Cacao vs. Cocoa?
Is it the same thing? What's the difference?
It's pretty simple Cocoa is Cacao that has undergone a 'high temperature' process. These high temperatures break down the Cacao and effectively 'waters it down' - i.e. the cacao loses all its beneficial properties and you are left with only the 'chocolatey taste'.
So Cacao over Cocoa because we always want something in its purest form!
HOWEVER although I don't advocate processed food I do think you have to work with what you have. If you have cocoa that needs to be used up, use it (don't be wasteful). If you can't find cacao and you are not interested in the benefits then buy cocoa.
Another note: in normal store bought chocolate the darker the chocolate the more cacao/cocoa is in the slab (and usually the less sugar is used)
White chocolate is NOT chocolate its basically just animal fat :)
So moral of the story RAW, UNPROCESSED CACAO IS THE WAY (if it's accessible to you).
So... with all that being said - the recipe (drum roll)...
Fairly low in ingredients & easy to make but most definitely not low or easy on the taste buds
Beauty (inside and out)
It's got all the elements.
Makes 8 bites
8 Fresh Medjool dates (the bigger the better)
4 tbsp coconut oil 2 tbsp cacao powder 1/2 tsp vanilla powder 1 tsp Food grade Rose Water (I made mine from scratch by boiling rose petals)* Dry rose petals Cacao Nibs Pinch of pink salt
1. Melt coconut oil and cacao in a pot on low heat 2. Add rose water and vanilla to pot and stir constantly 3. Once melted take off heat and dip dates one by one in until they are fully coated with the choc sauce 4. Place dates on a drying rack or wax paper 5. Sprinkle finely chopped dry rose petals and cacao nibs and lightly press them onto the date 6. Grind a bit of salt over each date 7. Place in the fridge to set for about 1 hour
Keeps in the fridge for at least 2 weeks
Enjoy! (Don’t forget to take a billion photos)
*If you are wanting to make your own rose water (because the shop bought ones are very artificial if not sold in its pure form) then simply:
Boil rose petals from 7-9 rose stems in water (petals should be covered) for 30 mins
Strain + cool + store in a glass jar (can be used as a facial toner, in your bath or in cooking)
For a more in depth recipe visit this link
Perfect for a treat with tea or coffee, a sweat treat for after dinner or a pick me up snack.
And of course a show of dessert for dinner parties