A Healthy Alternative: Cacao

Since I started eating more healthy, I slowly changed my chocolate consumption from milk chocolate to 70% dark chocolate up until 100% dark chocolate (not for the faint-hearted!).

These days, I am experimenting more with raw cacao. When cacao is used unsweetened and unprocessed, it has one of the highest antioxidant levels of any food and is also a good source of magnesium, iron, zinc and more. Cacao is actually recommended to fight depression as it contains tryptophan, a precursor to serotonin, the happiness neurotransmitter and it also has positive effects on cardiovascular health.

I decided to take my new food processor for a test run by making date, walnut & raw cacao fudge, loosely based on this recipe. I added cinnamon to the mix and coated my balls with sesame seeds for some added pizzaz. In total this took me about 10 minutes and the result is absolutely delicious!

If you want to know more about cacao, no doubt Raw Food guru, David Wolfe has to be the most passionate person on this earth about this wonderful ingredient – you can watch him here.

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