Week 8 – Raw Chocolate Moccachino
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I can’t keep from sharing this one! This drink replaces coffee for me on most days. It has the caffeine if I want it to, or it can be made without caffeine, using carob powder.
The simplest version contains:
1-2 Cups of coconut water (I buy this in bulk)
1/2 Tablespoon of raw cacao powder & 1/2 Tablespoon of raw carob powder (can use one or the other also – 1 Tblsp)
1 – 2 Tablespoons of raw agave nectar (can substitute with raw honey if you prefer)
1 – 2 Tablespoons of sesame seeds
1 (or half) Frozen or regular banana
(Optional: 1 – 2 Tablespoons of coconut butter, for some almost crunchy chocolate chips inside)
Blend the ingredients together. Chill for 1 hour, or overnight for a morning drink.
Pour it into a “to go” cup, and you won’t need to drive through anywhere for a drink.
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WEEK 5 – Raw Agave Nectar
Agave nectar is a natural sweetener from the Agave cactus plant, boasting a low glycemic index.
We used the raw agave nectar week 2 and 3 to make delicious desserts. I wanted to make an extra note on agave nectar this week, because I do believe it deserves a week of its own.
The other day, my husband used raw agave nectar as a syrup on his gluten free waffle. He felt it was just as sweet if not sweeter than regular syrup, but no sugar crash happened after eating it. My mom and I also tried it on her silver-dollar pancakes, and really liked the smoothness and sweetness of it.
I also added raw agave nectar to my gluten free spaghetti sauce to sweeten it a bit, and bring down the level of spiciness. I loved the sweetness. It was just as good as adding brown sugar to my sauce. This nectar is a nugget of goodness. A friend of ours uses it in his coffee even, instead of sugar, so my mom and I tried that as well in the video.
This is such a great example of a baby step towards going raw, even if you are using it randomly and not on all raw items! I give you permission to go for it!
Click on the photo above for the video of this delicious dessert!
WEEK 2 – Raw Chocolate Fudgy Ice Cream or Pudding
For the next two weeks: buy Raw cacao powder, raw coconut butter, and raw agave nectar at your health food store.
There are NO mixers or food processors needed for this! And it is ONLY 3 ingredients!
- Mix by hand: 2 Tablespoons cacao powder (or carob if you prefer no caffeine), 1.5 Tablespoons of raw agave nectar, and 1 Tablespoon
of coconut butter (or coconut oil works too).
- Mix well to the consistency you like.
- Add a dash of peppermint oil if you want a different flavor.
- Scoop into a cute mini pie dish or another small dish.
- Put raspberries or strawberries on top (they will melt a little into the chocolate, making it more gourmet and AMAZING).
- Chill for an hour for a fudgy, ice cream consistency.
Jen’s Story: My family loves this dessert!
I have also served this to guests who were not “raw”. And the kids of my guests called it “yummy ice cream”. So it won the “kid approval” and parental approval, since it has no processed sugar of any kind.
It does such a good job of satisfying my sweet tooth.