Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth On National Chocolate Day

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Chocolate is probably one of the most delicious creations on the planet. It’s simple to say that it is scrumptious, but we have one question for you: Do you know the difference between cocoa and cacao? We can tell you that the difference is not a matter of mispronunciation. It goes much deeper than that.

 

Cacao and cocoa start from the same place, even though they end up being completely different products. Not to mention, they both have different effects on the body. The difference between them is how they are processed. If you are familiar with the cleanse-approved recipes we post on our website, you will know that raw cacao is acceptable to eat while cleansing. Raw cacao beans look like coffee beans and have a slightly bitter taste. Chocolate is the healthiest when eaten in the form of raw cacao.

 

Because health articles circulate the web discussing the benefits of eating chocolate, it is integral to know that cocoa and cacao are not the same. Cocoa starts out like cacao, but it is heated at high temperatures that yield different flavors and health benefits. Cacao contains powerful antioxidants, while the processing that makes cocoa alters the molecular composition of the beans, ultimately changing their chemical structure and decreasing the nutritional value.

 

A great comparison is raw fruits and vegetables to cooked fruits or vegetables. The heat kills the nutritional value and you don’t reap the full benefits of the raw versions. And the nutritional content may diminish depending on what you add to the cooked veggies, i.e. salt, butter, cheese, or other unhealthy ingredients.

 

We don’t want you to avoid chocolate on National Chocolate Day; rather, we just want you to use raw cacao to make your recipes. Check out the recipes below for inspiration.

 

Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie:

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Bananas, almond butter, and cacao powder is the ultimate trifecta of ingredients. This smoothie tastes just like a chocolate milkshake!

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Creamy Raw Chocolate Spread:

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If you are a Nutella fan, you need this raw chocolate spread in your life. You can dip strawberries in it or spread it on apple slices to make a healthy dessert sandwich.

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Raw Avocado Chocolate Mousse:

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Yes, you can have avocados for dessert, especially when you mix them with raw cacao. This is probably the easiest way to make a healthy dessert pudding. Enjoy!

Click here to make the recipe.

 

3 Ingredient Chocolate Banana Cookies:

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There are so many different recipes for cookies, but we find the ones with the simplest ingredients to be the best. Eat these chocolate banana cookies guilt-free!

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Sources:

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-chocolate-day-october-28/

https://blog.paleohacks.com/cacao-vs-cocoa/#

2018-10-29T09:17:20+00:00

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