Man, this stuff is the bomb!!! A large thank you to Em at this Rawsome vegan life for the amazing recipe
It is painfully easy including only three amazing ingredients:
1/2 cup sweetener(I used half raw honey, half raw agave)
3/4 cup raw cacao
2/3 cup melted coconut oil
Mix the ingredients. Spread on a tray lined with baking paper, put in the fridge till firm. Slice. Eat. Omg it’s amazing.
Totally just melts in your mouth. And get this…it’s GOOD for you!! Read on if you don’t beleive me…
Organic cacao is the pure healthy cousin of plain old overused cocoa. It is raw and unaltered…pure. It is like the potato before it becomes the deep fried hydrogenated salt laden crispy potato chip.
Cacao is a super food.
Super foods are foods containing very high concentrations of antioxidants.
Antioxidants help repair the damage caused by free radicals.
Free radicals are molecules that have lost one of their electrons and so latch onto other healthy electrons, turning that electron into a free radical (vampire style!) thus creating a whole army of disease forming free radical molecules.
Factors including an unhealthy acidic diet, stress, carcinogens, and pollution all help free radicals live and thrive.
Factors including eating a plant based alkaline diet, being happy and calm, trying to reduce your exposure to pollution (easier said than done these days :S) and eating lots of antioxidant rich foods help fend off these little electron sucking A-holes.
SO, Let them eat cake!! Well, raw organic cacao cake rich in the big A, NOT chocolate bars and chocolate cake or regular cocoa. Also having too much can overstimulate your nervous system, so keep it to 4-6 heaped tsp a day max!! Everything in moderation as they say…
Cacao has lots of other fun health benefits such as increasing serotonin in the brain (mood booster) and is one of the highest sources of magnesium which creates healthy nails, hair, skin and bones. This is just to name a few!! There are more, but this is getting long!
Ah coconut oil, what did I do before I discovered you!? Really, It was love at first feel, (as ACDC circa 1976 so poignantly stated).
It is moisturizer extraordinaire people!! I use it all over my body and as my face moisturiser and my skin has never been nicer.
Expensive moisturiser companies promising you youthful radiant skin are completely and totally full of shit (lots of it). They are stealing your hard earned money, can’t you see??!! What you need to do is chuck that $100 tube of chemicals into the bin and buy a big old jar of cold pressed organic coconut oil and you will notice a huge improvement in your skin. Why would you want to put chemicals on your face anyways when you could put beautiful natural silky smooth coconut oil?? I told you I was in love ok.
Now obviously, being a youthful elastic-y 22 year old I don’t have any wrinkles, but I would be willing to bet that there will be no premature aging on this skin. The stuff is full of anti-aging properties and it’s even a natural sunscreen!! (not enough to combat the Australian sun I warn you, but in the winter I find that as well as my mineral make up with natural sunscreen, it’s perfect).
So to sum up, it’s amazing for your skin and it ALSO has a whole stock of health benefits including my fav, for no particular reason…protecting the liver against damage caused by alcohol… and other toxins. It also speeds up the metabolism by removing stress on the pancreas, helps fight harmful bacteria as it has many antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Some people FREAK out when they hear that coconut oil is about 90% saturated fats but please, CALM down. It is saturated fat in its NATURAL state which is healthy for you and your heart!! Not all saturated fats are created equal. This is very important. It is the man made saturated fats you find in pre-packaged foods that has been heated, tampered with and thus made rancid, hydrogenated and quite simply, deadly that you need to avoid.
The natural saturated fat in coconut oil protects your heart and other organs, increases metabolism and energy and controls cholesterol and blood pressure.
One last note on coconut oil, it is the perfect cooking oil. It has a high smoking point, so doesn’t become rancid like olive oil when heated.
Again, you really can’t get past food in its raw unaltered state. Raw honey is never strained, filtered or heated retaining all of its nutritional value. It contains anti-cancer properties, aids digestion, and assists your immune system. I also use honey everyday on my face, I put it on before I make my green juice and then wash it off with cold water about half an hour later. It smooths skin, fights wrinkles and blemishes, calms redness and improves skin tone.