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Tag Archives: raw chocolate

  • 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.

  • Fat Belly!

    The New York rapper Homeboy Sandman is a vegan who is interested in raw food. When he shot the new video for his single Fat Belly, he invited Kate round to make some raw chocolate for the shoot. The song is all about his love of vegan food - listen to him wrap about almond milk and coconut oil!

     

  • 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....

  • Raw Ecstasy Chocolate Activated Walnuts

    Chocolate Activated Walnuts
    The most telling thing I can say about these nuts is simply to point out that the bag in the picture is empty!  I was unable to help myself.  In my defence, it took me longer to take the photograph than I had planned because the camera batteries needed recharging so it wasn’t like I inhaled the whole bag in 2 minutes.  So it’s only partly that I have issues with impulse control around chocolate nuts; the rest is of it is all about these being so more-ish they should be a Class A controlled substance.
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  • 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!

     

     

     

  • Raw Living at Planet Organic

    Recently I was in West London for a couple of weeks, and I couldn’t take any of my raw staples with me.  I decided to have faith that I would find what I needed and lo, it turned out that Planet Organic was just round the corner from where I was staying.  I knew Planet Organic have begun stocking Raw Living products so I wasted no time in exploring the store.  And there it was, a whole section of shiny packets with the familiar purple labels, and quite a few other branded goodies too.  It was like bumping into old friends in a foreign country.  Actually it was more exciting than that, I felt like Dorothy in a sort of raw food Oz – chia and cacao and maca, oh my!

    Everything in the shop is well presented, fresh and appealing, I felt virtuous and lovingly catered for just walking through the door.  First thing you see is the display of fresh organic produce and freshly baked bread.  Then there is a chill case displaying things like raw desserts including slices of raw chocolate tart called Chocolate Blackout.  I just had to test that out (well, it was my birthday and yes it was wonderful.)  There was raw hummus and other spreads too.  There's a counter where they serve fresh juices, smoothies and food, both hot food and salads.  Then of course is the raw section with Raw Living granola and superfood powders, plus a whole lot of other raw staples.  There is a boggling selection of raw chocolate bars and goodies, including Raw Living chocolate crispy cakes and most of the Raw Living chocolate bars.  Planet Organic have their priorities right.

    I spoke to Matt, the manager at the Westbourne Grove store.  He said they began on the raw trail about 18 months ago but in response to demand, they now stock a much wider range of products.  He expects the raw section will not only be a permanent fixture, but that they will expand the range even further.  Matt did also say that he often gets people asking about raw foods, they want to know more about it and what benefits they can expect from raw, so education is definitely on the cards, too.

    The raw goodies extend beyond just one section, if you have a good look around.  On other shelves I found raw crackers, good coconut butter and nut/seed butters, and oh joyous! - big jars of raw Biona sauerkraut.  There was an impressive range of green powders like barley grass and sprirulina, and green superfood blends.

    Beyond my immediate pleasure at being able to easily get hold of good raw supplies while away from home, I find it uplifting to see them on offer in a High Street health food store like this.  It shows that the raw movement is gaining momentum and demand for it increases with each year that passes.  There will come a time in the foreseeable future when we will no longer be seen as a bunch of nutballs by mainstream eaters, but will be catered for in the same way vegetarians are now.  Eventually, maybe we WILL be the mainstream, with a minority of dinosaurs clinging to their cooked habits.  Imagine if you had to wear a hoodie for a furtive visit to McDonalds because it was considered so sleazy and self-destructive to eat stuff like that.  I’m reminded of the Pot Noodle tv ad, a tongue-in-cheek thing that put eating Pot Noodle on the same level as pornography.  But I can imagine a time when ‘eatin’ nasty’ is viewed for real by the majority as being akin to drinking and driving, illegal drugs or smoking.  Okay, maybe I’m getting ahead of myself, but I can dream.

  • 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.

  • 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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