We are a family of chocolate lovers! There are times when only the indulgence of chocolate will satisfy: when you’ve had a tough day or a great day, when energy is low or emotions high. We all know how mass produced chocolate, full of corn syrup and fat, is bad for us, so thank goodness for raw cacao. Raw foodist and cacao exponent David Wolfe emphasises the wonders of raw cacao, calling it ‘the healthiest food in the world.’ And he is not alone in this view.
* Raw cacao is full of antioxidants it has the highest concentration of any food known to man. As basis for comparison, it is 20 times more concentrated in antioxidants than 70% cocoa chocolate, and about 15 times more than green tea and red wine.
* It has the highest concentration of iron and magnesium ( most of the western world is deficient in these minerals).
* It one of the only foods which helps our brain produce more of the ‘feel good’ hormones ( PEA, Tryptophan and Anandamine) – eating raw cacao is most likely to make you feel happy and a little in love!!
David Wolfe, also, tells us that if you eat berries and raw cacao together it dramatically increase the anti oxidant power of both. So this raw cacao and raspberry chia seed pudding provides double the pleasure.
With the added Omega 3 benefits from the chia seeds, calcium from the almond milk, potassium from the maple syrup – this dessert is an all round winner and it is so easy to make…
Recipe for Chocolate and Raspberry Chia Pudding- Serves 4:
1/2 cup chia seeds
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon ( to taste) raw Grade A maple syrup
2 1/2 cups unsweetened almond ( non dairy) milk
1/2 cup fresh raspberries ( can use frozen)
Coconut strands to garnish.
In a large bowl mix the cacao powder with a little milk until it creates a smooth paste.
Add the remaining milk, chia seeds &maple syrup – stir well.
Place in the refrigerator for about 2 hours to allow the chia seeds to swell and absorb the liquid.
Before serving stir in raspberries.
Place in individual bowls and sprinkle with coconut strands.
It’s as easy as that!