Cocoa or cacao…what’s the difference?

Cocoa powder is raw cacao that’s been roasted at high temperatures. This process changes the molecular structure, resulting in low enzyme content and nutritional value.

Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing unroasted cacao beans. This process keeps the living enzymes in the cacao but removes the fat, or cacao butter.

Simply put, raw unadulterated chocolate, or cacao, is always your best choice.

5 amazing health benefits of cacao

Rich in polyphenols, which have significant health benefits, including reduced inflammation and improved cholesterol levels.

Brain booster: Studies have found cacao may reduce the risk of neurodegenerative disease by increasing blood flow to the brain and brain function.

Lowers blood pressure: The flavanols in cacao are thought to improve nitric oxide levels in the blood, which can enhance the function of your blood vessels and reduce blood pressure

Elevates your mood: Cacao contains phenylethylamine, which can increase levels of certain neurotransmitters that promote a sense of well-being.

Rich in minerals: magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper and manganese.

Ways to reap the benefits of raw cacao

Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder to your morning breakfast.

 Raw desserts
Avocado chocolate mousse is a wonderful option for vegan and paleo lifestyles. (Note: this one is boozy!)

Baked goods
Cacao powder is great for breads, muffins, cookies, and cakes. Try it with these Double Chocolate Muffins.

Cacao bars
Enjoy a few squares of raw organic chocolate. Lately, we can’t get enough of Mandala Chocolate. Their flavor combinations include Lavender Citrus, Peppermint Honey, Vanilla Orchid and more.

Hot chocolate
Warm up a cup of almond or coconut milk and stir in a tablespoon (or more!) of cacao for a sweet treat.

Make your own!
It’s so simple to make your own chocolate and so versatile. Add nuts, coconut, spices, whatever you like.