I thought I would post a cacao recipe with the holidays around the corner…an excellent excuse to remember to bring more chocolate into your life!!! But raw chocolate – not the kind with processed sugar and pasteurized dairy.
Your cravings will be totally satisfied and you’ll feel great. :) Cacao promotes feelings of love and joy and opens up the energy of the heart chakra. It contains the neurotransmitter anandamide known as the “bliss chemical.” In yoga, ananda means bliss. Even better- cacao ALSO contains anandamide inhibitors, keeping the compound from breaking down quickly and the feeling of cacao anadamide lasting longer, so we feel great longer!
This is not to say that we should eat cacao often- and certainly not every day! It is a very occasional treat. Cacao contains caffeine, and toxic compounds such as theobromine. It has taken off in the raw food world because it tastes good and people want so badly to believe it is good for them, since it is a tasty treat. But the reality is that we do not need it at all in the diet for nutritive value- it is a treat and must be treated as such!
That being said, here is the recipe for your occasional truffles, for special times like this!
Make for your loved ones, friends, and yourself.
- ¾ cup raw cacao powder (available at health stores)
- 1 cup ground raw almonds (preferably sprouted then dried first)
- ⅓ cup coconut nectar
- 1 Tbs. organic coconut oil
- 1 tsp. stevia powder
- Coconut flakes
- Pinch of sea salt
- Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
- Roll up your sleeves, take a small amount of the mixture, and roll small balls between your palms. Add your love!
- Dip each ball in a separate smaller bowl containing the coconut flakes.
- Freeze overnight to harden the truffles. I keep them frozen until they are ready to serve.