We eat Raw Cacao Powder and here's why you should too
Raw cacao powder is one of our biggest love affairs here, not only for its wonderful, rich taste, but for all of its amazing health benefits, so many to list, such as how it can help to decalcify your pineal gland.
We eat raw cacao every day, up to 40 grams. Each person is different and can tolerate a different amount of cacao. It is a potent, medicinal food, that should be respected and enjoyed.
When we talk about chocolate at Medicinal Foods, it's probably not what most people think about. The word chocolate usually conjures images of sugary sweet confections, cakes candies that can be very unhealthy and acid causing in the body.
When we talk about chocolate at Medicinal Foods, we are going to the source, to the pure, organic, raw, cacao, the natural part that all those chocolates are made from, the basic component that comes directly from the earth, before undergoing all the processing and additives, sweeteners, milk, texturizes, emulsifiers, and conservatives alike.
You can incorporate Raw Cacao into your Nutritional Plan. Here are 5 delicious ways:
how we have for you to get more chocolate into your diet-- without the guilt!
- Sprinkled Over Fruit
- Granola Bars
- Fudge And Brownies
- Amaze-Balls (Healthier Truffles!)
- Bonus! Raw Cacao Elixir or other all-natural Medicinal Foods Products
Who wants to go without chocolate every single day? No one. I can’t remember the last time I went an entire day without consuming raw cacao! Whether it’s in a smoothie, or the raw cacao powder I sprinkle over frozen banana slices for a sweet mid-day snack, cacao is making its way into my system one way or another. Bit of an addict here, but it’s not a health concern as long as you consume it the healthy way!
At Medicinal-Foods, we spend a lot of time talking about the health benefits of raw cacao.
Raw cacao is naturally packed with amazing antioxidants. These antioxidants combat free radicals—the chemicals in our environment that accelerate aging, inflammation, and increase the potential for a range of chronic diseases.
It’s been proven that eating even just a little bit of pure, dark chocolate can reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. Raw cacao can even improve blood pressure, as well as blood vessel health...and even improve your HDL cholesterol.
Sure, there’s plenty of studies hailing the facts behind how great raw chocolate is, but that doesn’t mean you should start eating 5 candy bars a day, cocoa should be used with respect, like any medicinal food, and it should be consumed in its pure form, not refined into candy. The benefits of raw cacao are there naturally, in its unrefined form... these benefits are often outweighed by the fats and refined sugars that we add to raw cacao during the manufacturing process.
Here are some healthy ways to add raw cacao powder into your diet. Homemade is always best, as you know the quality of ingredients that you add to your preparations, there's nothing more assuring.
Chia is the Mayan word for strength. Chia is incredibly hydrating for your colon, capable of expanding 14x its size, together with the omega 3 oils and antioxidants, it can really beautify your skin! Also, Chia is pure protein power!
Here's how to make pudding with our raw cacao powder:
- Soak a ratio of 1/3 cup of chia per 1 cup of water. Scale up proportions as desired. Stir.
- Put half the contents in a Vita Mix or Nutri-Bullet and add:
- 1/2 of a Lover's Bar or 3 Tbs of Cacao Elixir
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla
- Dash of Himalayan Sea Salt
- Pinch of Cinnamon, Cardamom & Clove
- 1-3 tbsp of honey, sweeten to taste.
- Blend mix thoroughly, using several cycles of 7-10 seconds until creamy and smooth.
- Pour contents of blender into a bowl. Add the unblended portion of the soaked Chia on TOP of the pudding. Stir.
- Garnish with Lover's bar chocolate shavings.
- Put into the fridge to gel up.
Candida Sensitive Variations:
- Use Raw Cacao powder, no chocolate, with coconut oil and Stevia (fat free and no sugar)
- Raw Cacao powder, no coconut oil, honey sweetened (allowing for better absorption of sugar without the presence of fat.)
- Raw Cacao powder, cacao butter, coconut oil, and Stevia (good fats without the presence of sugar), high in protein, low in calories and sugars.
This pudding will keep you feeling full until lunch while also giving you all of the amazing benefits of raw cacao powder.
2. Sprinkled Raw Cacao Over any Fruit
One of the best things ever is a cup of frozen banana slices with raw cacao powder sprinkled all over.
It's like a chocolate-covered banana or a cold banana truffle, it’s one of my best ideas for satisfying a sweet craving.
You can take this snack a step further by adding the frozen slices to a food processor or blender and blending until smooth for a vegan chocolate ice cream!
Some other really great fruits: Mango, Strawberry, Jack Fruit, Dorian, Coconut, Soursop (Graviola)
3. Granola Bars
These are super easy to make-- it may surprise you! There’s a million recipes out there,
however, the simplest and healthiest that I’ve found is a recipe for a five ingredient
granola bar. Just add in your raw cacao to the mix, adjust the moist ingredients as needed to make sure your mix isn’t too dry, such as adding more coconut oil or cacao butter.
Try adding raw cacao nibs to your mixture. Raw cacao nibs are just cocoa powder before the cocoa has been ground down. It provides the same health benefits and adds just a little crunch by using the nibs instead of the powder.
4. Raw Cacao in Fudge and of course Brownies
Healthy fudge and brownies?! Heck yeah! Ones that provide all the benefits of raw
cacao powder without adding in all of the unhealthy stuff that’s usually in these baked
goodies? Even better.
5. Raw Cacao Energy-Balls (Better than Truffles!)
I do not know a single person who does not love a chocolate powder covered truffle.
Generally, these truffles are made with dates, figs, or nut butter and have coconut and other goodies mixed in. They’re then finished off with by coating in cacao powder. Yum!
These 5-Ingredient Raw Chocolate Balls incorporate raw cacao powder to supercharge your sweet craving!
This should give you a good start on using raw cacao powder. And if you’re not completely famished by now, you’re a stronger person than I!
6. Medicinal Foods Healthy Raw Cacao Products
Not in the mood or don't have time for baking or preparing any of the above?
We've got you covered with our delicious, highest quality line of Raw, Organic superfoods made with our proprietary Shaman's Blend, which we believe is the best superfood powder on this good earth.
Take a gander in our Superfoods Shop or dash right to any of these crowd favorites: