Thanks to the modern day raw health movement, raw cacao (also known as raw chocolate!) can be found in various forms in any health food store and most certainly all over the internet. But what is raw cacao and how can you best enjoy raw chocolate?
Types of Raw Cacao
Raw cacao (raw chocolate) can be found in several different forms. It makes frequent appearances as raw cacao nibs, as well as finely ground raw cacao powder, and many varieties of raw food bars and cookies.
You can even find cacao butter in its raw form these days.
The raw cacao nibs are best used as a supplement in raw chocolate smoothies or other raw vegan food desserts where they will be blended up, because the whole cacao nibs are very hard to bite down on. Use raw cacao powder for desserts, smoothies or drinks, or whenever you need a less gritty consistency.
The cacao butter can be melted down a bit in a dehydrator or in a warm oven with the door open (to keep it below 115°F) and then used for making raw bars and other raw food desserts that would be solid at room temperature. If you live in a warm climate, you can also just set it in the sun for a while until it's softened to the consistency you need.
What is the Nutritional Value of Raw Cacao?
Yes! And, no, not really. Like many raw food products, raw cacao gets a lot of hype for it's magical nutritive properties. But can you trust the hype?
Find out more about the nutritional value of raw cacao, including the calories, protein and fat.
Cooking with Raw Cacao
Want to try using raw cacao to make your own homemade raw vegan chocolate treats? It's simpler than you might think! Looking for some raw cacao recipes? Here's a few to try:
Where Does Raw Chocolate Come From?
Can't get enough chocolate in your tummy? Why not feed your brain a bit too. Learn a bit about the ancestry and socio-cultural history of this amazingly versatile favorite food.
See: brief history of cacao
Learn More About Raw Cacao
To learn more about raw cacao and to try out dozens of raw chocolate recipes, including drinks, desserts, healthy snacks and more raw chocolate recipes - even raw chocolate ice cream - pick up a copy of Naked Chocolate, by David Wolfe.
See also: Shopping for raw cacao