Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth This Thanksgiving With Cacao!

Thanksgiving may be just about a week away, but there's still some time for recipe planning! If you're responsible for bringing dessert this year, try baking with cacao. Not only is it chocolaty and tasty, it's packed with healthy antioxidants that the whole family can benefit from this season. We've put together a list of cacao recipes that every chocolate lover in the family will love.

Cacao Whipped Cream Parfait

This cacao whipped cream was originally supposed to be used a cake topper, but it's so light and fluffy that we thought it stood alone just fine! Top it will some sliced strawberries, walnuts, or coconut flakes, and you have yourself a creamy, chocolate dessert parfait.

Ingredients: Makes about 4 small parfaits

  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons of Moringa Source Raw Cacao Powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 pinch of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Place your mixing bowl and whisk in the freezer for 30 minutes. 
  2. Once 30 minutes passes, remove your bowl and whisk from the freezer and place your cacao powder, sugar, sea salt, and vanilla extract into the bowl and combine.
  3. Add your heavy cream to the bowl, and whisk your mixture together until the cream begins to form and becomes fluffy and light. It usually only takes about a minute or two on medium-high speed.
  4. Use your whipped cream as a topping on your favorite cake, dessert bread, or ice cream. If you're like us and choose to let it stand alone as a little parfait, garnish it with some sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, crushed almonds, or coconut flakes! It also makes a great dip for fruit, too!

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Cake

photo by: onegreenplanet.com

This yummy cake is vegan, packed with cacao, and drizzled with caramel! We found this recipe on onegreenplanet.com:

Cake Ingredients:

Caramel Drizzle Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of dates
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
  • About 1 cup of water (as needed)
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, for taste
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg powder, for taste

What To Do:

Cake:

  • Put your pecans a food processor until they are crumbs.
  • Add the rest of the cake ingredients and process it all together until they are evenly blended and sticking together.
  • Press your cake base into a small spring form pan, leaving the side a bit higher than the center (so that your caramel drizzle will sit atop the cake).
  • Leave in the fridge overnight.

Caramel Drizzle:

  • Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Add water as needed to get a caramel-like consistency.
  • Drizzle your caramel over the top of the cake, allowing it to drip down the sides.
  • Garnish your cake with full pecans. Enjoy!

Bite-Sized Cacao Truffles

These bite-sized truffles are awesome for a number of reasons. First off, they're super easy to make because they require no baking! They also offer a lot of room for experimentation, as you can see below in this general guide for making them:

Our Cacao Truffle Recipe:

Ingredients: Depending on the size of your bites, the amount you end up with may vary!

Directions:

  1. Combine the coconut butter and shredded coconut in a bowl. The coconut butter should be soft, which can easily be done quickly by heating it in the microwave for a few seconds.
  2. Once your coconut butter and shredded coconut are combined, add in the coconut milk, coconut oil, and cacao powder. Mix until all ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the mixture. It should be similar to dough in the sense that you can roll a bit of it into a ball.
  3. Using your hands, roll your "dough" into bite-size balls - however small or large you desire!
  4. Place your bites onto a plate, and sprinkle a bit of shredded coconut on top of them as a tasty garnish.
  5. Place the bites in the refrigerator and allow them to chill for half an hour.
  6. Once time has passed, remove them from the refrigerator and enjoy!

 Almond Butter Cacao Brownies

These brownies made with almond butter and cacao are gooey and delicious! They're even gluten-free!

Ingredients: Makes about 24 brownies

  • 1 16oz. jar of roasted almond butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of Moringa Source Cacao Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Using a mixer, blend your almond butter until it is smooth.
  2. Blend in your eggs, followed by your honey and vanilla extract.
  3. Blend in your caao, salt, and baking soda.
  4. Mix in your chocolate chips.
  5. Grease your baking dish (shoot for a 9in. x 13in. size)
  6. Pour your batter into your baking dish.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes, or until the toothpick test deems them finished! :) 

Benefits of Moringa Source Raw Cacao Powder

Raw cacao is a rich source of antioxidants, monosaturated fats, cholesterol-free saturated fats, minerals, fiber, natural carbohydrates, and protein. It contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, and E, and is actually one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium,which improves heart function, lowers blood pressure, helps improve blood flood, turns glucose into energy, reduces plaque in the arteries, and can even promote muscle relaxation. 

Additionally, Cacao contains an abundance of other minerals such as calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, chromium, potassium, manganese, amino acids, Omega 6 fatty acids, as well as a heart-healthy fat known as oleic acid. Cacao is especially high in antioxidants whichprotect the nervous system and help the body improve deficiencies and physiological problems

Cacao has been said to help improve not only physical health, but mental health, as studies have shown that is can actually raise serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain - providing feelings of happiness, contentment, and overall well-being. It also has the ability to increase our endorphins, which reduce stress and pain.

 


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