This recipe may just be the most simple and most delicious recipe that ever existed. It has without a doubt become my favourite way to eat avocados! You can play around with the amount of raw cacao depending on how deep and rich you like your chocolate desserts.
I’m going to get stuck straight into this one!
Cacao is a well-known Superfood. The Latin name for the cacao tree is Theobroma Cacao which, literally translated means “cacao, the food of the gods’ – Not too shabby! Chocolate has gotten a pretty bad name over the years, and its no wonder why when virtually all of the chocolate we buy today is packed with hydrogenated fats and refined white sugar as well as preservatives, colouring agents, and acidity regulators. However, the cacao bean, which grows wild on jungle trees, has a host of health promoting and therapeutic qualities listed below:
- Cardiovascular health: high in magnesium, cacao increases the overall vigour of the heart muscle. Magnesium also decreases blood coagulation which in turn lowers blood pressure
- Longevity anti-oxidants: cacao beans are rich in antioxidant flavonols and are considered one of the richest sources of anti-oxidants of any food. The anti-oxidants are highly stable and easily available to human metabolism
- Brain health: cacao contains significant quantities of tryptophan (a powerful mood enhancing nutrient) The presence of tryptophan in the diet is critical for the production of serotonin, our primary neurotransmitter and stress defence shield
- Energy boosting: raw cacao is rich in blood oxygenating iron and manganese, which are key energising minerals
- Natural anti depressant: cacao is a great source of serotonin, dopamine, and PEA (Penylethyleamine) three well studied neurotransmitters which help alleviate depression and are associated with feelings of wellbeing
- Weight loss: cacao is extremely nutrient dense and promotes satiety, which means you’re likely to stop eating after a decent portion size and you are also less likely to binge later
How to out this one together~
(Makes 400ml ~ Serves 2-4 people depending on your portion size/person and the size of your serving bowl/glasses. I find 100 ml (just under half a cup) more then satisfies my cacao craving)
1/3 C raw honey
1/4 C raw cacao
1/4 C coconut oil
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t vanilla essence
Note: Normal cocoa is the processed version of cacao. It has a weaker flavor so you would need more to begin with, plus you wouldn’t get any of the health benefits mentioned above. It’s worth visiting your local health shop to get the good stuff (preferably organic).
Blend the honey and avocado together in a food processer until the two are well integrated and have formed a smooth green paste. Add the remaining ingredients and blend on high until everything has mixed together. Dish your mix into serving glasses, or make a mousse cake on a small serving plate that you can all dig your spoons into together after dinner. Place in the freezer for an hour and then you are ready to serve.
What did I tell you? Easy right! This is something you can throw together in 5 minutes and really end off a perfect night of great eating.