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Raw Cacao, Ginger And Avocado Mousse Recipe

To celebrate the release of The Detox Kitchen Bible, SHESAID has teamed up with authors Lily Simpson and Rob Hobson to bring you this amazing avocado mousse recipe. Yes, avocado in a sweet dish might seem a bit strange at first, however the duo insists that “it acts as a deliciously thick cream to bring the dark, bitter cacao and spicy ginger flavours together.”

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What’s more, cacao is said to help boost your mood and has a similar effect on the brain as being in love does – and with only 315 calories per serve, need we say more!?

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 tbsp coconut oil

2 avocados

1 vanilla pod, split open lengthways

1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger

3 tbsp coconut water

3 tbsp raw cacao powder

3 tbsp runny honey

Method

  1. Put the coconut oil in a small pan and heat gently for 5 minutes until melted. Remove from the heat.
  2. Whilst the coconut oil is melting, slice the avocados in half and remove the stones. Scrape all the flesh into a blender or food processor. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla pod and add to the blender.
  3. Add the grated ginger and coconut water and blitz until smooth. Now add the coconut oil along with the raw cacao powder and honey. Blitz for 2 minutes until completely smooth. (If you don’t have a blender you can mix everything together by hand although the texture may not be as smooth.)
  4. Spoon the mixture into four small ramekins or dessert glasses and leave to set in the fridge for 1–2 hours before serving.

The Detox Bible is now available at Dymocks

July 23, 2015

Raw Cacao Balls Recipe

Nutritionist and author of 10-days to a Healthier You Kathleen Alleaume gives us the low-down on raw cacao, how to eat it and why it’s better than chocolate – and shares her raw cacao protein balls recipe.

We all have experienced the positive feelings associated with eating chocolate, but have you tried unprocessed chocolate in the form of raw cacao (pronounced ka·cow) – which essentially is the same bean as cocoa, but in its raw state.

Compared to traditional cocoa found in traditional store-bought chocolate, raw cacao has very little sugar or additives making it a great way to consume something nutritious while still feeling decadent.

Due to its minimal processing, raw cacao retains a potent mineral content and nutrient dense properties, including a rich source of chromium (to help balance blood sugar), magnesium (to help maintain normal muscle and nerve function), and contains nearly twice the antioxidant content of red wine and up to three times the antioxidant content of green tea. Research also shows that cacao promotes cardiovascular health by helping reduce blood clotting, improve circulation, regulate heartbeat and blood pressure, lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol, and reducing your risk of heart attacks or stroke.

Too much of a good thing
Cacao is very powerful on the central nervous system and over-indulging can inhibit calcium absorption. The recommendation is to have no more than 40g (or four to six heaped teaspoons) of raw cacao a day.

How to eat it
Good quality raw cacao powder is available in most supermarkets and health food shops. Although the taste is very bitter, it’s advised to add a sweetener to it such as honey, stevia or agave. Add 1 tablespoon of cacao to your  morning smoothie, make decadent desserts using avocado, or enjoy cacao protein balls as a guilt-free energy-boosting snack.

Recipe: Raw Cacao Protein Balls
Makes about 10 balls

Ingredients

½ cup LSA (linseed, almond and sunflower) meal
¼ cup chia seeds
2 tbsp raw cacao
½ cup tahini
6 dried dates, pitted
1 tbsp honey
coconut flakes

Method

1. Combine all ingredients into a food processor and process until well combined and in a crumbly, paste-type consistency. Add a splash of water to make a smoother consistency (optional).

2. These delicious bite size pieces of heaven surely hit the spot. Not only are they jammed packed in protein and good fats, they’re a fantastic grab and go snack that will satisfy that longing for something sweet.

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August 1, 2013

Raw Cacao Superfood Truffles

Chocolates truffles that are good for you? Yes! Maz Pugoy of Sydney’s organic, raw and superfood cafe Sadhana Kitchen shares her recipe for cacao truffles that are 100% guilt-free and taste amazing!

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Ingredients – makes 15-25 truffles depending on how big you roll them

1 cup almonds

1 cup cashews

1/2 cup hemp seeds

3/4 cup raw cacao powder

1/2 cup shredded coconut plus extra for rolling

1 tbs coconut oil

1/2 – 3/4 cup brown rice syrup (depending on how sweet you want them)

2 tsp vanilla extract

Method

1. First, soak the almonds and cashews (refer to this nut soaking chart for soaking times).

2. ?Place all ingredients except for the last three in a food processor and mix until the consistency of almond meal (very fine crumbs).

3. ?Slowly add coconut oil, brown rice syrup and vanilla until a sticky dough forms.?Transfer to a large mixing bowl and shape into balls by rolling between the palm of your hands.?

4. Finish by rolling in shredded coconut and place in the fridge until ready to serve.

Which recipe would you like to see get a healthy makeover?

January 18, 2013