Occasionally, I use the beans as a crunchy topping for smoothies or oats, but this weekend I wanted to experiment with some cacao recipes. So, after grinding the beans in my Vita-Mix, I had my very own raw cacao powder.
First up, I made some mint chocolate tea by steeping Trader Joe’s peppermint tea in a mug of heated almond milk and then stirred in a heaping tsp of cacao powder and a drizzle of maple syrup to sweeten. This was so warm and comforting, even before I added the cacao. Try making peppermint tea with almond or coconut milk instead of water! I think I’ve discovered a new favorite hot beverage.
Then, out of the blue, Clare sent me this recipe for coconut cacao bark. Thanks Clare – perfect timing, and I made it right away. My version wasn’t 100% raw since I used maple syrup, but still delicious. Next time I make it, I think I’ll use coconut butter rather than coconut oil and skip the sweetener altogether.
This morning, in honor of Green Smoothie Monday, I made myself a raw cacao smoothie for breakfast with 2 cups coconut water, 1 frozen banana, 2 TBSP raw cacao powder, topping it with a spoonful of unsweetened shredded coconut. Definitely not green, but still full of so much goodness. I haven’t had something this sweet for breakfast in a while, and I’m so hyper right now. I hope I don’t crash, but if I do, it was totally worth it. I LOVED this smoothie!
How about you? Would you like some raw cacao nibs or perhaps a few raw chocolate truffles? Well then, today is your lucky day. Snubbr, a new groovy website that finds the best shopping deals out there, is offering one lucky HEABer the chance to win one of their top rated raw chocolate goodies. All you have to do is click here to visit their site and leave a comment below telling me which chocolate item you would choose. I’ll leave the comments open through next Sunday, March 21, midnight CST.
Anyone else start their day with chocolate?