Friday, July 27, 2012

Little Raw Chocolate to kick off the Olympics in style??

Raw Brownie

1C Raw Almonds Soaked for 12 hrs then drained
1/2C Raw sunflower seeds soaked for 6 hours then drained
1C Raw pine nuts
1C Chopped walnuts ( preferably soaked, and dried)
1/2C Honey
7T Raw cacao powder
1/4 Golden Flax meal
1/4 C Peeled and diced fuji apple
1t Nama Shoyu ( wheat free)
1t Vanilla flavor ( or vanilla bean)
1/4C Filtered water

  1. Spread the almonds and sunflower seeds onto a dehydrator sheet and dry ( temp 105*)
  2. In a food processor: pulse walnuts and set aside
  3. In a food processor: combine almonds, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, honey, cacao, flax, apple, olive oil, shoyu, vanillaand process slowly while adding the water
  4. Continue to process until a thick but smooth ( or slighly chunky depending on how you like your brownies)batter results
  5. Scoop into a bowl and stir in walnuts
  6. Using a teflex sheet spread your brownie into a 1" loaf and dehydrate 5 hours.
  7. Peel the teflex and flip the brownie at this time, cut into squares so that the middle of the brownie will dry a touch more but still retain it's chewyness when complete.
  8. Dry for another 5 hours and enjoy! * if you have not already been nibbling it down to nothing as you check it ;)
Enjoy with some Raw Almond milk!!

Too late to do all of that - but still want a good "HEALTHY"  and quick RAW chocolate fix for a Friday night?? Try this:

Thats right ... healthy chocolate.....Dark chocolate has moved up in the world- once sinfully delicious, now a “superfood” with more antioxidants than blueberries and the highest concentration of magnesium than any other food. If eaten as part of a raw whole foods based diet, chocolate helps protect us from aging and chronic disease, calms our nerves, relaxes our muscles, helps us sleep and makes us happy - makes me happy!!

In this Chocolate Sauce recipe, use either raw cacao or natural cocoa powder- the only difference is that the cocoa powder is made from roasted seeds of the cacao tree, while the raw cacao is cold-pressed from fermented beans. So cocoa powder is not raw but raw cacao, if not properly fermented, can be bitter and acidic. It is a personal choice and for many, taste trumps purity. Another consideration is raw cacao product quality and integrity since the raw food market is relatively unregulated. Safety and sustainability are an important part of any raw, vegan or gluten-free diet. If you feel deprived or the food doesn’t deliver, the diet is not sustainable. Remember- the goal is to eat more raw food to live a healthy and happy life. This chocolate sauce can be a friend along the way.

Raw Chocolate Sauce
Makes 1 cup

1 cup agave nectar
1 cup cacao powder (or natural cocoa powder)
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For Chocolate Mint Glaze:
½ teaspoon peppermint extract

For Chocolate Mocha Glaze:
½ teaspoon coffee extract

Throw a litte of that on some sliced bananas or berries - BOOM! you are set for the opening ceremonies and a GREAT FRIDAY in my book!

No comments:

Post a Comment