Ronéll van Rooyen
It’s one thing to be aware of all the health benefits, and something else to be able to walk into your kitchen knowing what to prepare.
Here are a few recipes for chocolate alternatives. Chocolate is a wonderful basis for disguising healthy medicinal ingredients. The medicine will be in the form of herbs and spices and cacao has the wonderful ability to make it possible for the body to absorb more of the healing qualities of herbs. Remember, however, that cacao contains caffeine and for that reason carob is also a good option, but with a different taste.
Regular chocolate slab
½ c carob powder or organic raw cacao powder
¼ c melted coconut oil/organic farm butter
¼ c honey or other sweetener such as stevia or fructose
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla powder
½ tsp mint
3 tsp coconut cream – optional but deliciously creamy
2 tbsp fine almond pieces – optional but delicious
2 tsp finely chopped dried cranberries or raisins – optional
- Slowly melt the coconut oil/organic farm butter in double cooker.
- Chop nuts very fine.
- Mix everything together and spoon into flat dish lined with wax paper.
- Cool for 10-15 min in freezer, remove and make square lines with a knife and place in freezer for 30 minutes. This should give 24 small squares.
Medicinal chocolate slab
Follow recipe above and add medicinal herbs, e.g.:
½ tbsp maca
¼ tsp cat’s claw
¼ tsp taheebo
Or experiment with any herbs, such as:
¼ tsp fine thyme
¼ tsp fine mint
¼ tsp fine rosemary
The following is a description of a few super foods and common herbs that can be added to chocolate:
* Cat’s claw: Miracle herb from the rain forests of Peru. Antiviral and anti-inflammatory, good for the immune system and intestines
* Ginseng : This stimulates a healthy appetite and sharp memory.
* Taheebo : It contains strong antibiotic ingredients.
* Mint : Relieves colds, flu, indigestion, gingivitis.
* Thyme : For digestive problems, but is also used for airway infections, whooping cough, heart problems and diarrhoea.
* Rosemary : Blood-pressure problems, headaches, heart problems, tonic, etc.
Warm chocolate drink
1 ½ c boiling water
1 c nut milk/organic raw milk/ soy milk
2 tsp, heaped, carob powder or organic raw cacao powder
2 tbsp cacao nips – optional
1 tbsp honey or other sweetener such as stevia or fructose
½ tsp vanilla powder – optional
½ tbsp mint – optional
3 tbsp coconut cream – optional
- Add boiling water to nut milk and slightly heat in pressure cooker or, optionally, do not use water.
- Add carob/cacao powder and nips and stir until dissolved. Remove from pressure cooker.
- Pour in cups and add the rest according to taste.
Ronéll van Rooyen’s own variations on existing recipes over 10 years, inter alia from:
Doreen Virtue and Jenny Ross, 2009. The art of raw living food. Heal yourself and the planet with eco-delicious cuisine
Peter and Beryn Daniel, 2009. Rawlicious. Delicious raw recipes for radiant health
Mary-Ann Shearer, 2005. The Natural way. Recipe book 2
Johan Jacobs , 2014. Go Natural. Wisdom for healthy living
George D. Pamplona-Roger, MD ,May 2005. Encyclopedia of Foods and Their Healing Power. Education and Health Library. Volume 3