Life is short, eat chocolate. If that bumper sticker doesn’t exist already, it should!
I’m not talking about the processed sugary waxy stuff. No Mars Bars people! We’re talking real cacao – the stuff that’s got antioxidant powers. You may be surprised to learn that cocoa is actually a FRUIT! Recent studies have shown a link between cacao and cardiovascular health, with reduced risk of blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks. It gets better.
TIP: Did you know that chocolate cravings can be a sign your body is deficient in magnesium? Here’s an article from an MD explaining how magnesium is the most powerful relaxation mineral. Being deficient in magnesium can cause a host of health problems. The good news is that cacao in it’s pure form is an excellent source of both magnesium and iron. I use Navita Naturals brand. Put it in smoothies and try making your own chocolate with this raw vegan recipe:
RAW CHOCOLATE WITH ALMOND BUTTER AND COCONUT FILLING
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
2/3 cup raw cacao powder
5 tbsp maple syrup
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
A dash of Himalayan Sea Salt
Almond Butter (I like raw but you can use roasted for a more decadent treat!)
Blend all ingredients together except almond butter until smooth. Pour 1/2 of the chocolate mixture in a pan and put in the freezer for 10 minutes. Once solid, take it out of the freezer and smear almond butter on top, and then pour the rest of the chocolate on top. Make sure your almond butter is room temperature so it’s easy to spread over the chocolate! The more almond butter you use, the thicker your bars will be.
Put it back in the freezer for 30 minutes… Then enjoy! Cut up in pieces and eat right away. As it’s made with coconut oil the chocolate will melt quickly so don’t leave it out for too long.
You can substitute the almond butter for any nut butter you like, and you can also add nuts, raisins, goji berries or pretty much whatever you feel like to the mixture. The sky is the limit! Next time I’m going to make mine with a bit of peppermint oil.