…and thus I bring you: My Two Favorite On-The-Go Cacao recipes! Last week, you may recall, I wrote about chocolate… Some of the ins and outs, plus my two favorite chocolate bar companies. The world has not gotten any less crazy since then, plus it’s a holiday weekend in the US, so we could all use a little chocolate, no? This week I am collaborating with a wonderfully skilled recipe developer to bring you a few of our favorite cacao recipes.
Noelle is an athlete, mother, wife, and cook. She began her journey into healthier living and then, when numerous friends and family began to ask questions about her choices, decided to share her recipes with the world. And I am so glad she did! She includes many paleo and vegan options, though does not strictly follow one diet herself (much like me). She wants all readers to understand that they are “too precious for processed” (hence the name of her blog, which is full of many delicious treats)! Once you’ve read mine below, hop over to her page to find chocolate cream pie bars. They are as completely scrumptious as they sound! Plus she includes some great information about antioxidants and the benefits of cacao.
Because I am now beginning my semester, quick and easy are key ingredients for most of what I am eating. So, I decided to share my two favorite cacao snacks: energy bites, and cocoa pudding. They both take just a few minutes to make and are good for morning time. They also could make a great afternoon pick-me-up for anyone who isn’t too sensitive to the caffeine in chocolate.
Recipe One: Peanut Butter Cacao Energy Bites
1 Cup GF quick oats
3/4 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter
1/4 Cup Raw Cacao powder
1/4 Cup ground flax seeds
1/4 Cup melted coconut oil or earth balance
3 Tbl Maple Syrup or Honey
1/2 Cup raw Cacao Nibs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp Himalayan pink salt or sea salt
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. I find it easiest to mix the liquid ingredients first (PB, oil, syrup, vanilla)… stir the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl (oats, cacao, flax, nibs, salt)… and then fold the dry ingredients into the wet gradually. But one of the great parts of this recipe is: you really can’t do it the wrong way! If you keep mixing, eventually it will all gel. You can adjust the quantities of either wet or dry ingredients to make the texture suit your taste. Sometimes, depending on which peanut butter brand I use, I adjust a bit. Once I combine all the ingredients into one bowl, I then put it in the fridge for about half an hour to let the oil cool and the consistency to become harder. I take it out and, using either a tablespoon or a melon baller, depending on how big I want to make them, shape the dough into round pieces with my hands. They can then be stored in Tupperware in the fridge or freezer.
Note: Many recipes on the web use rolled oats, but I prefer the quick oats as they are a little softer and smaller.
Recipe Two: Cocoa Avocado Pudding
6 ripe avocados
1/2 Cup raw cacao powder
1/4 Cup coconut milk
1 Tbl Vanilla extract
1 tsp Himalayan pink salt or sea salt
2 Tbl maple syrup or agave or honey
Cocao nibs to mix in or use for garnish, if desired
If you have a blender, this one is super easy. Just put all ingredients in and blend for about 5 minutes, gradually going from slow to fast, until desired smoothness and consistency is reached. I made this occasionally before I had a blender, by hand mashing the avocados and then whisking all the ingredients together. It was more work, and less creamy, but still delicious. Ingredients (such as sweetener) can be adjusted to suit your taste and needs. I adjust quantities based on the size and softness of the avocados occasionally as well.
Did you try any of these recipes? How did it go for you? Do you have other favorite cacao snacks? Let us know what they are in the comments below!
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