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Prior to my journey into raw foods, I had never heard of raw cacao powder. To think that I spent 38 years in the dark about this! It’s kind-of like having spinach in your teeth… “How come nobody told me about this stuff?!”
All chocolate is made from Cacao Beans (also known as Cocoa Beans). Cut to the chase… it is chocolate! All the antioxidant value, mineral benefits, neurotransmitter rejuvenating properties, and overall health-giving qualities of chocolate are found in raw cacao beans!
Raw cacao powder is created by taking the nibs and then cold-pressing the oil out. When the oil is removed from the nibs, what is left is a dense, nutritionally packed dry mass. This mass is then ground into fine powder. When truly raw, every precaution is taken to ensure that no heat is used and maximum potency results.
Well, it has a antioxidant-rich chocolate flavor that is very very bitter! Cacao powder really is meant to be eaten as is. It needs a little support from the sweetener section in your pantry. I suppose there are some hard-core dark chocolate lovers who can handle its bitter notes, but they may be far and few between.
It’s wonderful to add to your favorite smoothies, teas, coffee mixes, desserts or anything else you can think of. Just one or two spoonfuls can transform any recipe into a healthy chocolate treat.