This quick and easy raw dessert not only tastes delicious, it also makes a healthy replacement for processed, sugary snacks and treats.
You’ve likely heard or read reports that chocolate is “good for you” and can make you feel happy. Cacao (the key ingredient in chocolate) is well known for its ability to stimulate the release of happy neurotransmitters such as dopamine in your brain.
Raw cacao also happens to be one of the most completely perfect foods. It contains high levels of magnesium which many people are deficient in. It also boasts anti-inflammatory mechanisms, free radical scavenging antioxidants, and essential fatty acids.
As I mentioned in this recipe for Maca Cacao Pie, there is an important difference between cocoa and cacao. Many of us grew up familiar with cocoa powder (with two Os) which has been sold in traditional grocery stores for years. It’s a common cooking ingredient used in recipes such as chocolate cake and brownies.
A little more difficult to find (but far more nutritious) is cacao powder (with 2 As). All chocolate is made from cocoa beans, but the cacao powder is made from unroasted cocoa beans, which means it has more gut-friendly enzymes and nutrients than its roasted cousin cocoa.
By using “cacao” instead of “cocoa” in recipes you’ll feel good while your body is busy taking care of important cancer-fighting business.
This recipe also features chia, another super food known for its antioxidant abilities, essential fatty acids, and enzymes. When combined with liquid (in this case water or nut milk), the chia seeds expand into a gel, creating a pudding consistency that helps you feel full faster.
Both cacao and organic chia seeds are readily available in most health food stores, specialty grocery stores such as Whole Foods, and online. Find instructions on how to make your own almond milk here.