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  • Is Cacao the Best New Party Drug?

    How raw chocolate is taking the place of drugs at raves and coffee at business meetings.

    By JESSICA BRINTON

    Click her to read the feature in i-D magazine.

  • Raw Snacks by Caroline Fibaek

    Raw Snacks is a new recipe book from Danish writer, nutritionist and chef, Caroline Fibaek. Try this recipe below, and if you like it, you can find the book here, for more delicious treats.

    Dream Bar
    A chocolate bar full of power and nourishment – a bit of paradise.
    Make a tray full and keep in the fridge.
    Makes 5 bars

    60g cashew nuts
    60g Brazil nuts
    2 tablespoons unsalted pistachio nuts
    45g mulberries
    2 tablespoons goji berries
    80g cocoa butter
    1 teaspoon vanilla powder
    1 tablespoon sunflower lecithin
    1 tablespoon agave syrup or coconut sugar
    3 tablespoons raw cocoa powder
    1 tablespoon mesquite or lucuma

    Chop cashew and Brazil nuts coarsely. Mix with
    pistachio nuts, mulberries and goji berries and pour
    the mixture into a brownie tin in a layer approximately 1
    cm thick. Gently melt the cocoa butter in a bowl
    in a bain-marie. When the cocoa butter has melted completely
    mix in vanilla powder, sunflower lecithin,
    agave syrup, cocoa powder and mesquite. Mix thoroughly
    and pour the chocolate sauce over the nuts
    and berries. Leave to cool in the freezer or fridge.
    When the chocolate mixture is set, it can
    be cut into bars.

    Must be kept cool.

    BRAZIL NUTS are among the most
    nutritious nuts on earth. They contain
    much of the immune stimulating antioxidant
    selenium, which contributes to preventing cancer,
    heart diseases and premature ageing. Selenium
    is also beneficial for sight and healthy
    hair and skin. Brazil nuts also contain
    zinc, magnesium, calcium, gluthation
    and iron, Omega-6, B1 and biotin and is very
    rich in protein.

  • Be the Change - new recipe

    Be the Change

    The new raw magic chocolate bars are awesome! They are packed full of incredible super foods that most other raw chocolate bars do not contain. Imagine a bar of chocolate containing medicinal mushrooms and Blue-green algae - both ingredients some people may struggle to fit into their diet. But who doesn't like eating chocolate? Its a match made in heaven.

    It's so dense and filling, I struggled to eat the whole bar at once (this is a good thing!). It's just sweet enough, with a really good 'bite' to it. This chocolate has a very satisfying texture. The new wrapping is very old-school - again, in a good way! It reminded me of how chocolate bars used to be,  wrapped in foil with a colourful wrapper (I'd say very kid friendly)! I can't wait to try the other flavours. These bars are Perfect Disco fuel.  They keep me dancing all night~ it's pretty much a meal in a bar.

    Review by Laura Coxeter

  • IQ Chocolate - for real smarties

    IQ Chocolate

    Stone Ground. The hot buzz words of the moment.
    SO happy to see another stoneground bar made this side of the world. Winner of The Taste Awards- you can see why!
    You know when you want to convince a friend, who's not tried Raw chocolate before- this would be a good place to start. Smooth! Decadent! Great subtle hint of cinnamon & chilli in this one. It's a lovely thin bar, that snaps in that satisfying way....

  • Moringa Tea & Party Honey

    Moringa tea! I'd heard Moringa was an unpleasant tasting powder- I admit to buying greens powders in the past, with the idea of adding them to drinks & never using them as I can't stand the taste. I had considered buying Moringa powder & been put off- despite being convinced by its incredible nutritional profile.
    I'm a tea- head. I drink tea all day long, especially whilst working. Moringa tea bags are so convenient. No messing around with loose leaves.
    This particular tea is infused with lemon. It is an extremely mild, refreshing taste. I topped up twice with the same bag & after drinking it for a few days~ I certainly felt a little perkier afterwards! The packaging is really great too- stylish!
    As for 'party honey'. Well- the name was enough for me. I'm a D.J, often burning the candle at both ends. This was the perfect thing to stir into my Almond milk before going to work. I'm also planning to make some kind of crispy treat with it- maybe with sprouted, dehydrated buckwheat.
    It's lovely soft honey with just the right amount of cacao, to take the edge of the sweetness. Again- great packaging. Very smart marketing. I think this would make a great gift- or a nice thing to take travelling- as a sweetener to add to things.

    review by Laura Coxeter

  • Chocodelic Chocolate Covered Incan Berries

    Chocodelic Chocolate Covered Incan Berries

    These are delicious, I love these.  The Incan berries have a sweet lemony, tartness without being at all sour.  They are wrapped in luxuriously thick chocolate, and the combination is a sophisticated treat.  Each one is big compared to a choc-covered raisin - almost the size of a Malteser, so I find just one or two is enough to round off a meal.  For me, it's not just that they taste wonderful, but they also seem to have a happy, sunny vibe that makes me feel cheery when I eat them.  Where that comes from I don't know - maybe the people who make them are sunny-natured folk who put love into what they do.  On the packet it says 'stimulating passion' - a perfect description!  On the basis of how these taste, I want to try the other chocolate goodies in this range.  I bet the almonds are good.

    I always did like lemon and chocolate flavours together - when I ate conventional chocolates, one of my favourites was the dark chocolate lemon parfait from a well-known retail chain of chocolatiers.  I did worry that I'd feel deprived when I switched to raw, but now there are so many high-quality, delicious raw chocolate goodies on offer that make it easy to avoid being tempted by the cooked, sugary stuff.  I'm just hoping someone will come up with a raw version of my other favourite, the apricot parfait - hint!

  • Be Real-ly Outrageous on Valentine's Day

    Chocolate Dream Cream, Sacred Chocolate, and Be Real

    Valentine’s day is a wonderful excuse, if any were needed, to have a decadent feast of the greatest superfood on the planet – chocolate!  Let’s start with breakfast; how would you fancy a crunchy, chewy and delicious granola cereal smothered in a rich, thick, silky and extremely chocolatey smoothie and topped with super-sprinkles?  It’s a heavenly way to start the most romantic day of the year.

    This breakfast idea uses Raw Living ‘Be Real’ cereal which is based on crunchy buckwheaties with various good things added, depending on which variety you choose.  I’ve tried both Be Happy (goji) and Be Good (the chocolate and mulberry version).  Both are delicious eaten simply with nut mylk of course, but this recipe would a great Valentine’s breakfast treat.  I also eat it sometimes when I want to feel full up to my eyes without feeling overstuffed, then not feel hungry for hours and hours.  You can get everything you need for this recipe at Raw Living.

    Be Real-ly Outrageous

    1-2 servings of Be-Real

    1 recipe of Choc-Full Smoothie:

    • 2 T of chia seeds soaked in 1 cup water
    • 1 T cacao powder
    • 1 T carob powder
    • 1 T lucuma
    • 1 T non-gm soy lecithin
    • 1-2 T coconut butter, no need to melt
    • 1 T cashew or macadamia nuts
    • 1 T tocotrienols (optional but makes it extra creamy)
    • 1-2 T raw honey/coconut nectar or other sweetener
    • pinch pink salt (only about 1/8 t but vital!)
    • 1 T maca (to be added after initial blending)
    • 1 T bee pollen
    • Other sprinkles if desired eg cacao nibs, goji berries, chopped raw chocolate bar

    To a high speed blender, add all of the choc-full ingredients, except the maca.  If you don’t have a high speed blender, omit the cashew or macadamia nuts, and maybe use coconut milk instead to get the creaminess.  Add a little water and blend until smooth.  Add the maca and some more water (you’ll need about ¾ cup altogether but don’t use too much or the smoothie will be too runny) and blend again for 20 seconds.  Taste to check sweetening level.  Put your Be Real into one large or two smaller breakfast bowls and pour over the chocolate mixture.  Sprinkle with bee pollen and any other delicious things you have on hand, and spoon-feed to your beloved.

    For a Valentine gift, one of Sacred Chocolate’s heart-shaped raw chocolate bars would be a delight.  If you have a girlfriend who loves chocolate but hates what it does to her thighs, this gift will get you big brownie points.  Raw chocolate has none of the hip-and-thigh plumping hazards of conventional chocolate because it doesn’t contain dairy products, refined sugar and hydrogenated fats.  It DOES have all of the taste and melt-in-the-mouth qualities we love about chocolate because it IS chocolate – it’s the real thing, just without the junk.  Sacred Chocolate has all the taste and meltiness big-time, and is wrapped in pretty foil and love.  The kind I tried, ‘India Sunset’ contains cardamom, curry and saffron, unusual flavourings for chocolate but I love it.  I couldn’t taste the curry, but the flowery scent of cardamom comes through and the other flavourings give this bar of really top-quality chocolate a hint of complex, exotic flavour.  Love it, love it, love it.

    Another chocolate treat not to be missed on Valentine’s or any other time, includes Raw Living Chocolate Dream Cream.  This is a raw chocolate spread containing amazing superfoods like ashwagandha, reishi, he sho wou and gingko.  Its deep chocolate taste carries a hint of licorice and it isn’t cloyingly sweet.  It can be spread on bread, fruit, cookies or (as it says on the label) ‘a good friend.’  Come on, it is Valentine’s, after all.  In the photograph you can see I’ve plastered a healthy dollop onto raw oatmeal raisin cookies.  Dream Cream is rich, so putting this amount on a cookie makes quite a filling snack.  In raw food preparation, so many things have to be prepared fresh from scratch or thought about hours in advance for soaking that it feels like real luxury to have a jar of chocolate spread that I can just grab and smear onto whatever comes to hand for instant gratification.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

     

     

     

  • Subversive Decadence

    Inspiral Artisan Raw Chocolate Box

    A box of chocolates has to be decadent to be proper, doesn’t it?  These Artisan chocolates are definitely, decadently proper.  That’s my gift shopping sorted.  I shall reserve these especially for anyone who thinks I’m somehow missing out on treats because I’m high raw.

    I have tasted relatively few brands of ready-made raw chocolate.  I tend to notice the untempered quality of raw chocolate that means it lacks the glossiness and crisp snap of the mass-produced stuff.  Some brands, while tasting great, are quite grainy in texture.  As far as bars of raw chocolate go, I like Whoosh best (from Raw Living) because it's smooth and reminds me of a slightly darker version of Dairy Moo.  For boxed chocolates, Artisan are sensationally smooth and melt-in-the-mouth luxurious.

    Many of these chocolates are solid with great  flavours and additions, or a layer of something delicious in the middle. There is a dark raspberry rose one that I swear is Turkish delight that has somehow been magically turned into chocolate.  The raspberry flavoured white chocolate is a delicate delight that really does taste of raspberries.  There’s one with a soft almondy marzipan layer that is heaven and then there’s the goji-nut, wowser.  It should be illegal for anything to taste that good.  When the authorities discover that we’re having so much fun with food that’s good for us, it probably WILL be made illegal.

    I have been receiving Christmas greetings from friends with remarks like ‘hope you enjoy your raw Christmas dinner’ and so on so I do get the impression that some of my loved ones think I’m a joyless ascetic who is going to miss out on lovely goodies this festive season.  Sending out some of these chocolates will give the recipient pleasure, sneak some goodness into them and might possibly also result in them starting to get it.  I like subversive Christmas gifts!

    Raw Living sell these in boxes of 6 or 12, and they also sell Rawsome's equally awesome Raw Chocolate Selection Box.

  • Chocolate Peppermint Pie

    Raw Chocolate Pie - Peppermint

    Made by Living Foods of St Ives, I had been eyeing up the raw chocolate pies for a while, so was a bit (over) excited when I got to sample the Peppermint version!

     

    The ingredients are lovely: cacao nibs, coconut butter, agave nectar, lucuma, ground almonds, carob flour, and natural peppermint essence.

    It's recommended that you enjoy these straight from the fridge, and so this is what I did. The texture was satisfyingly dense and pleasantly crumbly, a mix between chocolate bar and cake...different to any other raw chocolate I've yet tried, and very moreish! It started to soften quite quickly once out of the fridge, becoming almost truffle like. Such decadence! The cacao nibs added another dimension; a fun, crunchy contrast.

    Taste wise, this bar was also gorgeous. It didn't seem as intense as other bars I have tried, I'm thinking maybe due to the inclusion of the ground almonds. Because of this, possibly a good option for those who aren't so keen on super dark chocolate.

    The peppermint flavour was quite subtle, perfectly in balance with the other ingredients.

    At first glance, I thought that this bar was quite small but at 60 grams, it's actually remarkably good value for raw chocolate - only £1.95...yes, really!

    So as you may be able to tell, I really enjoyed this bar, and it has left me wanting to work my way through each variety of chocolate pie!

  • Kate Magic in Iceland

    Here's a raw chocolate making video I did for Iceland's most popular women's magazine-style website. Unfortunately, I can't embed it here so you have to click HERE to go see it.

    Iceland really is the most incredible place and has possibly the most enthusiastic and thriving raw community of anywhere in Europe. In part this is down to Solla and her incredibly inspiring drive and passion for this way of eating. But I think it is mainly down to the fact the people are so open and ready to accept the best things in life - they have the best air and the best water, why not eat the best food?!

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