Cacao – a baker’s dream ingredient
Everyone needs access to healthy alternatives for things that usually include too much-refined sugar so you can eat a treat without feeling guilty!
These Primal Double Chocolate Chip Cookies are a sure way to kick those afternoon sugar cravings and will give you the 3 pm pick-up you need! For this recipe, I used organic cacao powder because it is an Amazonian superfood!
So what is a Superfood?
Raw cacao is somewhat different from the standard “cocoa” most of us grew up with in our households. Cacao is a term used when referring to unprocessed versions of the cacao bean as it is derived from the Theobroma Cacao tree. Ordinary cocoa powder and chocolate have been chemically processed and roasted, which destroys a large amount of the antioxidants and flavanols (the things that keep you young and healthy). Non-organic cocoa (and non-organic chocolate) has been treated heavily with toxic pesticides and fumigation chemicals and may contain genetically modified (GMO) products. Raw Organic Fair Trade Cacao has bountiful benefits. You can add it to your diet with no guilt, just tasty chocolate deliciousness.
5 Benefits of Raw Organic Cacao include:
1. 40 Times the Antioxidants of Blueberries
Raw Organic Cacao has over 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries. Yes, 40 times! It has a fantastic ORAC score of 98,000 per 100g, VS blueberries at a mere 2,400. An ORAC score measures the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals. Free radicals come from pollution and toxins in our environment, which cause cell, and tissue damage and can lead to diseases such as cancer.
2. Highest Plant-Based Source of Iron
On a plant-based/vegan diet and looking for iron? The search is over! Cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron known to man, at a whopping 7.3mg per 100g. That is up there with beef and lamb at 2.5mg and spinach at 3.6mg. Be cautious, the iron in cacao is non-heme as is all plant-based iron. Non-heme means it is absorbed at a lower rate. It is a good idea to combine your cacao with some vitamin C to get the maximum benefits. Think oranges, kiwifruit and superfoods like Gubinge or Camu camu.
3. Full of Magnesium for a Healthy Heart & Brain
This supper supplement is also one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium, the most deficient mineral in the Western world. Magnesium is essential for a healthy heart and helps turn glucose into energy enabling your brain to work with laser-sharp clarity and focus. The reason why you might turn to a bar of chocolate during an all-nighter at your desk! Read more about magnesium in the last blog post here.
4. More Calcium Than Cow’s Milk
This chocolatey powder has more calcium than cow’s milk would you believe, at 160mg per 100g VS 125mg per 100ml of milk. Time to switch out the trim latte for a couple of squares of dairy-free raw chocolate.
5. A Natural Mood Elevator and Anti-Depressant
Cacao is also a great source of ‘bliss chemicals’ – serotonin, dopamine, anandamide and phenylethylamine. These neurotransmitters are associated with cosy feelings of wellbeing, happiness, and can even alleviate depression. It is a natural, healthy and delicious way to get your happy buzz on.
So give my Cacao filled Chocolate chip cookies a crack, why don’t you?
2 cups of Almond Meal
1/2 cup of Coconut Flour
1 tsp Bicarbonate Soda
1 Pinch Salt
3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
3 Tbsp Organic Coconut Syrup (or organic maple syrup)
2 Tbsp Organic Cacao Powder
50g chopped 70%+ Organic Dark Chocolate (I like to use Peak Chocolate)
Three drops of pure vanilla essence
- Place all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix together.
- Place all wet ingredients into a bowl (melt coconut oil if needed first).
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix into a cookie dough consistency.
- Chop the 70% organic dark chocolate into chocolate chips, then add these into the mixture and mix further.
- Line an oven tray with grease proof paper. Roll 1-heaped tablespoon of mixture into a ball in your hand, flatten and place on the tray. Repeat until mixture is empty (should get eight cookies).
- Place into oven at 180 degrees and cook for 20-25 minutes or until crispy and darker on top.
Get your weekend baking apron out and give these delicious babies a try!
Have fun Strong Body warriors!
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