I don’t know about you, but personally I can officially say I am somewhat of a chocolate addict. Since before I can remember, I have needed a daily fix of this magical bean and anyone who knows me well knows I need a fix after pretty much every meal.
My obsession has become one of a healthier nature however, replacing my dark 85% chocolate bar with drinkable concoctions made from the raw cacao bean. Cacao is a plant based medicine, having healing abilities when ingested in its’ raw and most pure form.
I recently took part in a ‘Cacao Ceremony’, which is a term coined by Shamanic tribes. It’s a ceremony that consists of melting down the cacao into liquid form, which is then sipped slowly and mindfully whilst meditating, setting intentions and sharing these intentions with the group. It was quite an exhilarating experience as well as grounding, as it is invigorating but at the same time comforting. It was very clear afterwards that everyone participating felt more open to welcoming in the new and lighter from releasing the old. To read more about the ceremony you can go to The Cacao Club here, there’s also step by step instructions on how to make your own at home : https://sevendirection.com/thecacaoclub/
Warning, it is quite bitter so you mustn’t expect the same hot chocolate beverage you once drank as a kid! Traditionally, a pinch of cayenne and cinnamon is also added to the mixture and occasionally a dollop of honey to make it slightly more palatable. I love the bitterness, but it can also be taxing on the kidneys, so extra water consumption prior to drinking it and again afterwards, is recommended.
Those unsure about the potency of the cacao drink can also buy the powdered raw cacao form at health food stores and make it into a yummy guilt-free dessert. The benefits are not quite the same as the raw, unheated types but to get a healthy chocolate fix this easy-to-make dark chocolate, raw chocolate mousse can certainly hit the spot!
Ingredients (Serves about 5)
2 large hass avocados
⅓ cup raw cacao powder
5 tablespoons raw honey
A pinch of himalayan sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
Mint leaves for garnish
Option to add a tablespoon of a superfood such as maca or lucuma powder
Cacao contains essential minerals and amino acids that are super important to our health. It contains an abundance of magnesium (which is often the reason we crave chocolate so much as our bodies are typically deficient in this mineral). Our soils at the moment are typically depleted of magnesium and a deficiency of magnesium can increase anxiety not to mention lead to severe muscular cramps and stiffness.
Cacao also contains tryptophan (the amino acid present in milk) as well as the ‘bliss chemical’ anandamide. This neurotransmitter is already present in our brain however the enzyme inhibitors present in the cacao prevent the breakdown of the anandamide in our systems, keeping us happier and blissful for longer. More cacao over here, please! Cacao mixtures in the morning can be a great alternative to coffee, for those wanting to curb their caffeine cravings or mix it up a little!
Love, light and cacao blessings, CJ