Sweet + Healthy Love for Valentine’s Day

Guest Post by Candice Chetty of Raw Temptation

Who said you can’t eat a delectable chocolate-y treat without the guilt? Cacao in its purest form – raw, cold-pressed and unroasted – has been called the Superfood of the Gods. It is packed with powerful antioxidants and offers health benefits like lowering blood pressure, neutralizing the harmful effects of free radicals, improving digestion, and of course lifting our spirits!

I am always whipping myself up something tasty to snack or sip on after work or in-between episodes of House of Cards.  Most of the time, I add raw cacao for that choco burst of goodness and whether it be a Raw Chocolate Almond Smoothie or a Raw Chocolate Mousse (see recipe below), I always get my chocolate fix without compromising on my health.

Yet there are also times when I just need something quick, ready to go and on hand, for that afternoon 3pm slump at work, that craving en-route to Paris or simply to take to a friend’s dinner party!

That is why RAW TEMPTATION  has just launched their RAW GOURMET TRUFFLES which are all gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar free, organic and yes – 100% raw! These delicious creations are an amazingly convenient and nutritious way to satisfy your sweet tooth (or someone else’s) anywhere, anytime!

Every Raw Temptation creation is presented in an exclusive presentation box, which makes an ideal gift. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, wouldn’t these make an ideal gift for yourself or someone special in your life?

Raw Temptation Truffles

Currently, there are three varieties to choose from:

Seductive Chocolate Brownies: Playful pecan butter smothered in raw cacao chocolate brings to life the best brownie you have ever tasted! (highly recommended!)

Sinful Coconut Truffles: Almonds caressed by chewy dates and laced with coconut

Heavenly Nutzy Balls: Nutty bits merged with juicy dates and sensual spices

CHF 5.99 per box (includes 3x balls/truffles/mini brownies)

CHF 34.99 (6x boxes)

CHF 64.99 (12x boxes)

Get 10% off with your first order (quote discount code: HEALTHWISE) 

Contact to order: email: info@rawtemptation.com /tel: 0227005580

Order online: www.rawtemptation.com (quote discount code in the “Notes” section of the online order form and we will refund you the discount upon delivery)

Raw Chocolate Mousse

2 avocados (pitted and peeled)

1 cup almond milk

¾ cup sweetness (dates/maple syrup/coconut sugar – whatever hits your sweet spot!)

¾ cup raw cacao powder

1 tsp vanilla extract/ vanilla powder to keep it raw

¼ tsp cinnamon

Pinch salt

Pop all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until combined. Serve immediately with raw cacao nibs or coconut shavings as a topping. You won’t even notice the difference to the real thing ..promise! Enjoy!

You can find raw cacao in some health food stores or order it online here – use code WIV403 to get $5-10 off your first order – they ship anywhere in the world.

Chocolate Mousse

Make Your Own Chocolate!

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If there’s one thing we all associate with Easter, it must be chocolate.

This Easter, why not try making your own? It is actually really simple to do – and a much healthier option to most chocolate you can buy, especially Easter bunnies.

Both cacao butter and coconut oil are great sources of healthy fats and I find they work very well together in this recipe. If you do not have cacao butter, you can also just use coconut oil, although the cacao butter is what gives this chocolate that irresistible, melts in your mouth taste.

Dark chocolate is increasingly being touted as a healthy options due to the high cacao content. When cacao is used raw, 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 can help prevent depression as it contains tryptophan, a precursor to serotonin, the happiness neurotransmitter, and it also has positive effects on cardiovascular health.

And of course, it is delicious, especially when you make it yourself. Since I started making my own chocolate, I no longer want to eat store-bought chocolate – this takes the taste experience to a new new level!

INGREDIENTS

60g extra virgin coconut oil

25g cacao butter

2-3 tbsp honey, maple syrup or brown rice syrup

4-5 tbsp cacao powder (full fat)

a pinch of sea salt

Any taste you would like to add to your chocolate. I am hooked on mint essential oil at the moment but have also tried lemon zest, rose water and just plain chocolate – all with great results.

METHOD

Melt the coconut oil and cacao butter in a double boiler until they melt.

Add the honey and stir until everything is incorporated.

Sift the cacao powder if it is lumpy into the mixture.

Add the salt and any extra taste you may be using and stir until the mixture is smooth.

Pour the mix into silicone molds or anything made of paper – you can use cupcake papers as well. If you have a silicone cake pan, you can also use that to create a chocolate bar.

Place the chocolate in the freezer for at least 10 minutes until it is set. The chocolates can then be removed from the forms and stored in the fridge or simply kept in the freezer.

If you have difficulty finding cacao butter, you can order it online from iherb – use code WIV403 to get $5-10 off your first order – they ship anywhere in the world.

If you are around the Geneva area, you can now find cacao butter in Biofrais.

I would love to hear from you – have you already tried making your own chocolate? Are you tempted to try?

 

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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