I first became acquainted with the value of raw cacao while watching Food Matters, a great movie that explains the importance of healing ourselves with food, vitamins and other natural supplements.
David Wolfe, a health and wellness guru, was talking about the high mineral, vitamin content of cacao. I was thrilled to hear that my favorite flavor was something I could enjoy, in its raw form.
Here is a bit about David and cacao: "David Wolfe is a passionate proponent of the healing and beautifying power of raw chocolate (cacao beans)... Just ask David - he won’t be shy to tell you why chocolate is the greatest, most prosperous, nutritious, mood-elevating, highest energizing, and top weight loss aphrodisiac food on the planet!"
I have used cacao powder and nibs (small broken pieces of bean) in my oatmeal, smoothies, homemade trail mix, raw ice cream and just about anywhere I could "tastefully" squeeze it in.
Here is my recipe for my "Oatmeal Sunday":
1/2 cup cooked Steel Cut Oats
Add cinnamon powder, unsweetened coconut flakes, raw cacao nibs, chopped nuts (your choice), a bit of almond or coconut milk and a tablespoon or less of blue agave nectar.
Fruit, if desired, such as blueberries, peach pieces, banana chunks or raisins.
Oh, so delicious!
This is a pretty high carb dish, so I usually supplement with a small protein shake or an egg to balance it out.
So, how do you use cacao? Do you have a recipe you could share?