Raw chocolate bark is an easy and delicious way to boost your nutrition and enjoy a healthier treat.
2 tablespoons of organic, wild-harvested coconut oil.
1 tablespoon of organic Ecuadorian cacao powder.
1 tablespoon of organic coconut milk powder.
1 tablespoon of organic berry powder.
1 tablespoon of organic maple syrup.
1 tablespoon of organic desiccated coconut.
2 teaspoons of immune+.
1 teaspoon of finely zested orange.
Get your cooking bowl and measuring spoons ready.
Combine the raw cacao powder and coconut milk powder.
Add the coconut oil and mix well until the ingredients become smooth in texture.
- If your coconut oil is solid, don’t heat it. It is better to use a fork to mash solid coconut oil, and a spatula to blend, and work the ingredients so they don’t separate during setting.
- If that seems like too much work, you can gently soften solid coconut oil by placing your mixing bowl in a larger bowl of warm water. Only soften the oil, don’t melt it.
Once you have a nice smooth paste consistency, stir in the maple syrup.
Fold in the berry powder, desiccated coconut and orange zest.
Taste your chocolate mixture. If extra sweetness is required, add more maple syrup.
Line a flat tray with baking paper.
Transfer your chocolate onto the middle of the tray and smooth outwards with an icing knife to create a thin, even layer of chocolate. You can use chocolate moulds if you prefer them.
You can press chopped nuts into the chocolate, garnish with a sprinkle of desiccated coconut, or leave it plain. Be creative!
Place your chocolate in the freezer and set for 30 minutes or until solid.
Remove from the freezer, peel off the baking paper, and cut or snap your chocolate into bite-size pieces.
Enjoy! And store any leftovers in the freezer, in a sealed container.
Cacao is the bean that chocolate is made from. In its raw state, it contains nearly four times the antioxidant content of processed chocolate.
Ecuadorian cacao has a rich, smooth flavour that is ideal for hot chocolate drinks and raw chocolate recipes.
We added coconut milk powder to create a milder recipe. If you like strong dark chocolate, you can use 2 tablespoons of raw cacao instead of adding coconut milk powder.
You can use raw honey instead of maple syrup. Raw honey is a natural antibiotic with broad antimicrobial activity.
If you want to create a sugar-free recipe, you can use stevia powder to sweeten. You can use organic cacao butter instead of coconut oil.
If you can’t find organic desiccated coconut, grind shredded coconut in a spice mill or blender.
The antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic properties make orange zest a delicious addition to raw chocolate. The flavonoid and vitamin C content supports your immune system too. Make sure you use oranges that are grown without the use of pesticides, so there is no toxic chemical residue contaminating the peel.
We added berry powder to give an extra boost of flavour and nutrients. But you can play and have fun with this recipe. You could use apple instead of berry powder, or hazelnut meal if you love nuts.
Do it your way and make it your own delicious treat.
the raw cacao difference
A lot of chocolate is highly processed, which destroys nutrients, and leaves you with little more than excess sugar and fat.
Raw cacao (ka·cow) powder is the unrefined form of cocoa powder. When the cacao beans are powdered, they are not heated so the nutrition remains intact.
Raw cacao is rich in antioxidants and flavonoids • protein • fibre • vitamin B1 • vitamin B2 • vitamin B3 • vitamin B5 • vitamin B6 • vitamin B9 • vitamin K • folate • choline • potassium • magnesium • zinc • selenium • phosphorus • sodium • calcium • chromium • iron • copper • manganese • theobromine • oleic acid • caffeine.
raw cacao benefits
Health-promoting benefits attributed to raw cacao include:
- reduces high blood pressure and improves circulation.
- promotes cardiovascular health.
- improves digestion by stimulating the production of digestive enzymes.
- diminishes appetite, due to monoamine oxidase enzyme inhibitors (MAO inhibitors).
- increases levels of specific neurotransmitters in our brains that induce a sense of wellbeing.
- raises levels of serotonin which acts as a natural antidepressant.
- stimulates the secretion of endorphins to promote a natural high.
- phenylethylamine acts as a mild mood elevator.
- anandamide promotes relaxation and helps us feel good.