Cocoa Powder Recipes
Cocoa Powder Recipes
When Raw Foodists think of chocolate powder we generally think of cocoa powder. Actually the term “cocoa powder” is a British slang term for cacao (ka-cow) – the proper name for chocolate. The use of the term cocoa became so wide spread that it is now accepted as the norm for chocolate powder and used in my delicious cocoa powder recipes.
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My Cocoa Powder Recipe includes both:
- Cocoa Powder
- and Cocoa Butter
Sadly Chocolate one food that has been so commercialized that most people consider it to be unhealthy and yet really it is all the additives and refined sugars we add that are the problem. Cocoa Powder is very rich in antioxidants. If it wasn’t for the ‘food giants’ hell bent on destroying the natural goodness of Cocoa products to make a dollar Cocoa Powder, and the delicious natural chocolate recipes you can make with it, would be seen in a totally different light.
Who doesn’t love chocolate?
Who doesn’t feels guilty after eating this delicious treat? Well rest easy because most of what you think about commercial ‘super market’ style chocolate does not apply to proper natural chocolate you can make yourself!
It’s no wonder most people feel guilty when it comes to eating chocolate. Processed chocolate is only an empty shell of its former glory. It’s loaded with:
- refined sugar,
- bad fats,
- chemical enhancers,
- and who knows what else.
All though ingredients are so bad for you and your health because the fats and sugars tend to be deposited around your waist and hips! Something scientists and dieticians now know has devastating consequences when it comes to coronary disease (heart attacks etc.).
So what’s the Solution?
Well guess what there is a solution and it comes in the form of super healthy Cocoa Powder (Natural Raw Chocolate) which can easily be converted into healthy chocolate recipes everyone in your family will love!
Have you ever seen a picture of chocolate beans?
They are actually called cacao (ka-cow) beans (or cocoa beans). This is what they look like in their natural state before they are turned into chocolate:
Open Cacao Pod Cacao Pods and Beans
Cacao Tree with Pods
Theobroma Cacao “Food of the Gods”
The cacao tree is believed to have originated in the Amazon Jungle where it has happily grown under the sheltering rainforest canopy since prehistoric times. Most cacao trees today are grown in tropical regions all over the world where temperatures and humidity are high. The scientific name for the cacao tree is Theobroma cacao which translates to “food of the gods” because of its amazing taste and health benefits. Today the tree grows between 3 to 10 meters (10 to 30 feet) high with leaves a bit like an avocado tree. The flowers and subsequently the fruit grow directly out of the tree trunk. The fruit, or pod, grows to about 20 centimeters (8 inches) long and turns from green to a variety of colors as it ripens. Inside the ripe pods are up to 50 cocoa beans the size and shape of an almond. Cacao trees, like coconuts, bear fruit all year long. We take these cacao (or cocoa) beans and begin the chocolate making process.
To make processed chocolate the harvested cacao beans are roasted at about 120°C (about 250°F), cooled, and then cracked open by large rollers. The hard skins are then blown off with hot air which also decreases the water content of the bean. More heat is applied to help grind the beans and extract the oil. When cooled this leaves a cacao cake with a reduced fat content and cacao butter.
To make cocoa powder the cacao cake is then finely ground. Chemicals are then added to the powder to help it mix with water and we have what we know as cocoa powder.
To make chocolate the ground cacao cake and some of the cacao butter are combined. It is then sweetened with sugar and usually mixed with preservatives, unhealthy fats, soy lecithin, artificial colors and flavors, fillers and an assortment of chemical enhancers. Milk powder is added to make our favorite milk chocolate.
By now chocolate bears no resemblance to the raw, healthy cacao beans found in nature.
Making raw chocolate is a much simpler process:
- Cacao pods are cracked open to extract the wet beans.
- They are then sun dried,
- Left to ferment naturally for one to five days to develop the chocolaty flavor.
- Without the fermentation process the beans have a rather bland, woodsy flavor.
- During this process the temperature does not go over 40°C (104°F).
- While fermenting the beans are aerated and turned.
- The beans are then hand mashed and put into a special press to extract the cacao butter.
- The cacao cake, with only a small percentage of butter, is then ground to form cacao powder or cocoa powder.
Both the cacao butter and cocoa powder are used to make chocolate. No sugar or chemicals are added
The cocoa powder is still brimming full of the nutrients the beans started out with.
This is the chocolate we use in all of our recipes. No processed gunk. Just the delicious full chocolate flavor of unprocessed raw chocolate.
Not only is the Raw Chocolate good for you it is rally easy to use and make into wonderful recipes that the kids will love and that the adults simply can’t get enough of (see Super Healthy Chocolate Treats for Kids).
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To start off creating healthy Cocoa Powder Recipes all you need is some Cocoa Powder and some Cocoa Butter and a bowl of hot water. The recipes in all of my books are very easy to follow and I guarantee you will not hear the kids complaining about helping you any time you want to make up one of the new treats.
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