Chocolate Fix

Chocolate

The Mayan’s called it ‘the Food of Gods’. The Aztec’s believed it would bring them power and wisdom. The French declared it a ‘dangerous drug’ and today we call it… dark chocolate. So this Valentine’s don’t worry about the silly roses just give me some 85% dark chocolate. *Please note: Other gifts of love or food still welcome.

Luckily for us the historical reputation of dark chocolate (raw cacoa) is more than just wishful thinking. Today researchers have found that chocolate contains more antioxidant properties, weight for weight, than acai berries, blueberries and green tea. It is 21 times more potent and 14 times stronger than the antioxidants in red wine and may contribute to improved cardiovascular health, healthy cholesterol levels and reduced blood pressure.

Aside from the long-term health benefits, dark chocolate is also said to create those feel-good endorphins. According to Yale University Associate Professor Dr Katz (who has conducted more than 20 studies in the past decade on the healthy value of cacoa and chocolate), dark chocolate (or raw cacao) contains the naturally occurring chemical Phenylethylamine (PEA), an adrenal-related chemical that is created within the brain and released when we are in love. It also plays a role in alertness and focus. So next time you’re looking for a thoughtful present or craving some chocolate remember the words of Dr Katz “dark chocolate is good for you” …in moderation of course.

Always look for chocolate that is 70% to 85% dark. The darker the chocolate, the higher the concentration of cocoa powder (and the more bitter the flavor). Try Green and Black’s 85% dark chocolate or buy loose cacao powder available at Huckleberries Wholefood stores.

Raw Coconut Cacoa Balls

1 1/2 cup Raw cacao powder
1/2 cup Cashew nuts
1/4 cup Chia seeds
1/2 cup Coconut Oil (Cold Pressed, Extra Virgin Oil)
1/3 cup + 1 tbsp Raw Honey
2 pinches Celtic Sea Salt
Shredded dried coconut

  • Place Cashew nuts in food processor and grind until crumbly powder. Add all other ingredients and blend until well mixed into a doughy consistency.
  • Roll batter into balls and then cover with shredded coconut
  • Place balls on a plate and put in freezer for an hour and then place in refrigerator.
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One Reply to Chocolate Fix

  1. Jamie says:

    Thanks for the recipe! Looks really easy, I’ll definitely give it a try this weekend!

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