Monday, August 1, 2011

What's That??

Raw Cacao (Pronounced Ca-Cow)
 (not misspelled cocoa) :)

Some people us these two words interchangeably, but Raw Cacao means it hasn't been processed at all. It contains up to 20 times the nutrients of Cocoa powder and is as a SUPERFOOD!

Live Superfoods said, "Cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than any food tested so far, including blueberries, red wine, and black and green teas. In fact, it has up to four times the quantity of antioxidants found in green tea"

It's full of Antioxidants and essential fats and minerals. 
Its hard to find, I have to look online or at my health food store, but It's a great thing to add to your pantry! 
When you combine it with coconut oil or just Raw Honey - you have a chocolaty treat that will satisfy!!
 Heres a great link with more info!

You can also purchase it HERE

Chocolate Cherry Granola

In Large Bowl Combine:
4 C Regular Oats
1/2 Sesame or Sunflower Seeds
1/4 C Slivered Almonds
1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
1 C Chopped Pecans or Hazelnuts

In small sauce pan Combine:
1/2 C All natural Cherry Juice
2 Tbl Blackstrap Molasses (another superfood! More info coming soon)
2 Tbl Honey
1 Tbl Brown Sugar (optional)
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla
2 Tbl Raw Cacao Powder (or if you have to, cocoa Powder)

Add later:
1/2 Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
1/2 C Raisins
1/2-3/4 C of Dried Cherries! (YUM!)
1/4 C Mini Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 325.
In small pan combine with whisk: Juice, Honey, Molasses, cacao powder, sugar (optional), cinnamon, and vanilla. Bring to Boil then take off heat and let cool.

Combine with oats. Spread on cookie sheet and stir to evenly distribute. Bake for 20 minutes. Add coconut and stir, cook for additional 10 minutes.
Let cool. Add raisins, chips, and Cherries.

I eat this as my little treat at night. Combine with Almond milk and indulge! :)

You can also try Cacao Walnut Cookies ( a real empowering and energizing treat!)

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