Think about a luscious, silky, slightly salty, chocolate peanut butter cup hand fed to you by Jonny Depp. I digress, I’m thinking about the movie Chocolat. The beautiful thing about that movie was the rich and sexy way they portrayed the effect of cacao on people and a community. This pure, raw chocolate transformed a town one bite at a time. Combine that powerful ingredient with peanut butter and you just might be transformed too.
Cacao is a powerful superfood that was first used in South America thousands of years ago in dishes as well as medicinal purposes. Cacao is rich in antioxidants like flavonoids and polyphenols and is one of the highest known sources of magnesium, chromium, zinc, copper, manganese, and iron. Because these minerals are lacking in a traditional western diet, adding cacao into your diet can make all the difference in hydrating your cells and sustaining energy. The cacao powder is also rich in dietary fiber and is best used in raw recipes like the one below and in smoothies but it can also be used in baking.
Time to debunk the myth. So what's the difference between cocoa powder and cacao powder? Nothing. They are one in the same in the sense that they are simply a powdered product of cacao beans after the cacao butter has been separated from the plan. So you’ve had this superfood in your pantry for years and had no idea?! Well, its source and handling can make a difference in the quality of the product you purchase. Some cocoa is roasted or exposed to other chemicals while cacao is pure and raw. Keep that in mind when you’re shopping to ensure you’re getting the benefits of raw cacao and not just that classic chocolatey taste. Now go out and make this easy, cacao filled recipe!
Raw, Vegan Cacao and Sea Salt Peanut Butter Cups
Try this easy recipe to enjoy the benefits of raw cacao, and as a healthy alternative to store bought peanut butter cups.
- 4 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon local honey or agave
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Carob chips
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- Sea salt to taste
- Mini ice cube tray or mini cupcake pan filled with small paper cups
Take your mini ice cube tray and spray it with a non-propellant baking spray or line a mini cupcake pan with paper cups.
Mix 1 tablespoon coconut oil with your peanut butter and fill the cups halfway. If it’s difficult to combine, try heating them slightly. Sprinkle a few granules of sea salt and drop 1–2 carob chips in each cup and place your tray in the freezer.
Prepare the chocolate topping in a bowl by combining the raw cacao, vanilla, the other tablespoon of coconut oil, and sweetener of choice. Stir well to combine. The mixture should hold its shape when you pull your spoon through it but not be tough.
When you’re ready to enjoy, just pop each treat out of the cups! In the rare event that you didn’t eat all of them, keep whatever you don’t finish in the freezer in an airtight container.
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