Scrumptious Ways To Healthier Chocoholics
Many are hung on the taste of chocolate that is derived from cacao beans, the wondrous health booster. The meat of the pounded, roasted cacao beans is used to make chocolate liquor. The fat of the cacao beans also called cocoa butter when separated from the chocolate liquor, we get cocoa powder.
The unsweetened chocolate is a healthy option comprising up to 50% cocoa butter is pure chocolate liquor. Another good choice is the bitter-sweet variety has less than half proportion of liquor in addition to cocoa butter, vanilla and sweetening.
One could hand crush the cacao beans or grind them in a processor or grinder. These can added to smoothie preparations, sweet dishes, tea or beverages. An excellent option is combining cacao with vanilla beans that has quite a unique taste.
One could try consuming them whole, gnawing them to feel the taste, texture and flavour of raw or baked chocolate. The powdered cacao can be added to yoghurts, granolas or sweet preparations. A great beverage would be blending the powdered cacao with hot water or with milk substitutes like hemp milk, multigrain milk, rice milk or coconut milk for those having lactose intolerance. The drink can be sweetened with honey, sweetener or agave nectar.
One can combine honey, sweetener or agave nectar with cacao beans or chill them and then consume. One can mix the grinded cacao beans with herbal teas for a great health drink. The cacao beans or their powder when added to ice-creams make the most healthy chocolate chip ice-cream ever.
One can try out the following recipe for an amazing raw chocolate bar that is good for the health and tastes equally good too. One can combine the following raw components in a blender namely cacao beans, Peruvian maca, coconut oil, cashews, almonds, powdered carob and then lay out the mixture into a tray and let it chill. Munching into one of these chilled and one is bound to get the feel good factor without compromising on your health.
An amazing chocolate sauce can be obtained by blending coconut oil with cacao beans that can be added to a host of desserts, cookies, brownies among others. One can make a good homemade choco-nut fudge that is good for health too by blending either pistachios, almonds or any nut along with vanilla, grated coconut, coconut oil, honey or sweetener, cacao beans and a dash of salt.
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