October 21st, 2017
black velvet raw chocolate superfood

Black Velvet Raw Chocolate Superfood Recipe

Dark Chocolate is a SuperFood. Loaded with powerful antioxidants and minerals, chocolate is heart-healthy, can lower blood-pressure and increase circulation, has been shown to reduce inflammation, and may improve cognitive function.

Commercial chocolate is made by roasting raw cacao beans and combining them with cocoa butter, sugar and often, milk. The high heat processing minimizes the powerful benefits in raw, unprocessed cacao.

Black Velvet Raw Chocolate Superfood

This quick and easy recipe uses raw cacao butter and powder to produce a velvety dark chocolate with no dairy, no processed sugar, and no ubiquitous additives like soy lecithin.

Ingredients

  • 1 cups raw cacao butter
  • 1 cup raw cacao powder
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon of real vanilla, hazelnut or orange extract. Chopped almonds, cocoa nibs, sea salt or coconut flakes.

Instructions

Melt the cocoa butter in a double boiler, or a glass bowl o top of a small pan with water over medium heat. Remove from the heat and add in the cacao powder and honey. If you choose to use a flavor extract, add it in as well.

Stir the ingredients together, making sure they are well incorporated, and smooth. This is the time to add in the add-ons.

Pour the chocolate into molds or onto a baking sheet or pyrex lined with parchment paper.

Let it harden at room temperature or in the fridge. Release from molds. It can be kept at room temperature in an air-tight container, or refrigerated.

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Keka Schermerhorn

Keka Schermerhorn is a professional chef and lifelong athlete who believes in a holistic approach to fitness. As a child she took ballet classes; in high school she earned a spot on the boy’s wrestling team. She has coached kids and adults through high-ropes courses, taught infants to swim and was a certified lifeguard for the Special Olympics. Keka has always been enamored with movement. When faced with an autoimmune disease and the prospect of life-long prescription painkillers, Keka turned instead to food and exercise as a way to take control of her health. After a lot of early trial and error (including a stint as a bacon-yearning vegan), she successfully identified the foods that allow her to live an active, painkiller-free life. After college, Keka relied on ballet, boxing and kettlebells as a way to stay fit. When a CrossFit affiliate moved into her gym, she decided to give it a try, and quickly fell in love with the community. Her no-nonsense approach to health and fitness, keen eye for efficient movement and knack for strategy make her a valuable coach.

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