Piggybacking off my post a few days ago on The Raw Food Movement, I have decided to start sharing some wonderfully healthy raw food recipes. This one is also vegan so that’s an added bonus.

raw chocolate macaroons

Photo Credit: Sweet on Veg

So what makes raw chocolate, “raw”? The cacao in raw chocolate is never heated above the magic 118 decrees Fahrenheit, unlike commercial chocolate which is roasted way above that. The result of that roasting is that all the anti-oxidants, enzymes and nutrients are burned off in the process. Chocolate, in its raw state, can actually be a healthy food if not eaten like you need it to breath.

With over 300 nutriients including antioxidants, flavonoids, fibre, iron, zinc, copper, calcium and magnesium; raw chocolate is nothing to fear. However, this is not to be confused with the regular grocery store chocolate like Hershey’s and Dove, which are chock full of sugar, milk, saturated, hydrogenated fats and flavorings.

So try out this recipe of Raw Chocolate Macaroons…pretty much, Guilt Free!

1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
3/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut manna
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 pinches of sea salt
1-2 tablespoons peanut butter, topping

If you do not have any raw chocolate for cooking, consider Healthworks Certified Organic Raw Cacao Nibs – 16oz/1 Pound. Certified organic goodness.

Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the mixture into balls. Place the macaroons on a cooling rack and dehydrate for 10 hours OR refrigerate them until they are firm. Top with a dollop of peanut butter, if desired.

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