But don’t go wolfing a Snickers just yet – because the more processed and cooked a chocolate item is, the less likely it is to bring you healthy goodness.
While dark chocolate is a better option, you do lose some nutritional value in the heating process. So when I received my new dehydrator, I purchased some raw cacao powder, which has over 25,000 antioxidants in every spoonful!
We’re all familiar with the lovely smell of chocolate goodies baking in the oven, but I was struck at the amazing scent of the raw cookie dough. It was incredibly aromatic – though the mixture was raw, it smelled like the cookies were already in a warm oven.
Except these didn’t make it to the oven – they were raw, delicious and healthy, though they tasted so decadent you’d never imagine they were good for you.
Have you used raw cacao powder before? And if you have, what’s your favourite way to use it?
Raw Cacao Walnut Cookies
2 cups ground almonds
½ cup ground flax seed
½ cup raw cacao powder
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup agave
1 tbsp vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts
Mix ground almonds, flax and cacao powder. Stir in oil, water, agave and vanilla. When it is well mixed, stir in chopped walnuts. Form into balls, press flat with palms and place on dehydrator screens. Dehydrate for one hour at 145, then reduce to 116 and dehydrate for at least 5 hours or until desired dryness is achieved.