What is Cacao and Where does it come from?
The cacao tree is native to Central America and parts of Mexico. Ancient civilizations have been indulging in raw cacao for over 5000 years! Prior to the Spanish conquest this amazing spice It was used as a mode of currency. In 1753 the Swedish scientist,Carl Linnaeus, classified cacao as “food of the gods.” This dark bitter bean is grown on trees in hot humid climates and can be harvested at any part of the year. From the cacao tree you get cocoa seeds or beans. The cocoa pods are cracked open, hulls discarded, and then the fermentation process of the seeds or beans begins. After fermentation the beans are dried and this is where the beans become that rich dark brown hue that we can taste with a thought!
Health Benefits of Cacao
There are so many benefits to eating cacao! This spice is an unparalleled superfood that you don’t want to overlook.
- anti-aging properties
- boosts your immunity
- reduces heart disease
- increases your mental health
- great for hair, skin, and nails
- reduces risks of skin cancer
- reduces body fat
- increased energy levels
So in other words, stock up that pantry and get cooking! However, there is a difference between cacao and chocolate bars. Processed chocolate is made with milk, added sugar, and other chemical to make it a solid are not what you need on your daily or weekly diet.
Here is a great recipe that is simple and sure to please!
Triple Chocolate Coconut Fat Bombs
Even though I eat pretty clean 85% of the time, every now and again I want something sweet to satisfy my sweet tooth. If I am going to have junk food or a dessert I make a deal with myself…”Make it at home because you are likely to make it healthier and you know exactly what’s in it!”
This dessert is ready in about 15 minutes, requires no baking, and so rich and delicious that it’s hard to eat more than 2! This recipe tastes like it could be made at a specialty shop and your friends will be so impressed with how decadent they are.
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
2 tablespoons melted cacao butter
1 tablespoon cacao nibs
1/4 cup melted refined coconut oil
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3 tablespoons full fat cream cheese
2 tablespoons of Swerve sweetener
1 dash of sea salt
Melt your coconut oil and cacao butter and pour over dry ingredients. I like to use my hands to incorporate everything together. Then add your cream cheese and mix until you are able to form little balls. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and then pop in the freezer for 15 minutes. Recipes make 18-20 bombs. You can save and store in freezer for a month or in the fridge for a few days. I think they are better on the frozen side myself.
Perfect recipe to take as a little gift or satisfy your sweet tooth at home!
Enjoy and nourish yourself happy!