Among other great things both spiritual and physical, I have returned from Costa Rica with a serious cacao addiction.
Since it is a superfood, and not caffeine or cocaine, I am not worried, and am embracing the energy and happiness it gives me while I reunite with my Vitamix and return to life in the frosty streets of the city once more.
Based on a recipe I learned out there in the jungle, these magical raw superfood balls are honestly the best I have ever eaten and I am so excited to share the recipe. They blow anything else you’ve ever rolled out the water and are so densely packed with natural wholefood nutrients and flavour that you will find they fast become a regular source of power and prana during busy working days.
Raw cacao is different from its processed cousin cocoa, and has a wealth of nutrient-dense bioavailable flavanoids (particularly anthocyanidin), which help protect our cells against free-radical damage – a natural byproduct of metabolism which can lead to damaged DNA, accelerated ageing, cancer and other diseases. It is a super rich antioxidant source and also stimulates the secretion of endorphins, and is duly revered as a potent spiritual and physical aid in its indiegnous cultures. We took part in a traditional cacao ceremony in the forest in Costa Rica, with paste from Guatemalan ceremonial beans, and it was a truly beautiful experience… one I hope to recount in due course when I have fully digested its immense healing magic.
These little orbs of goodness also contain bee pollen, a little miracle for vegetarians everywhere: it is richer in protein and contains more amino acids than any animal food source. In Costa Rica we were eating vegetarian food which was mostly raw, and heaping bee pollen onto our breakfasts. It is a sweet and deliciously nutty form of strength and stamina, also giving us B vitamins, further antioxidants, carbohydrates and enzymes, and one of the first things I bought upon returning. But use it sparingly with the little bees in mind: one teaspoon is calculated to take one month to make, with the bee working eight hours a day. It is with a huge amount of gratitude and wonder that I use it in my kitchen.
Gojis provide further protection from free-radicals and a high strength hit of vitamin C, while hemp seeds give us a healthy source of omega and aid the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients. Algae gives us a rich supply of iodine and minerals, and ginger and cardamom warm us up while anti-parasitic cinnamon also keeps sugar cravings at bay.
These are pure wholefood magic.
3 cups raw cacao powder
1 cup goji berries
2 tbsp bee pollen
1/3 cup powdered algae / spirulina
1 cup shelled hemp seeds
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp shelled cardamom
2 tsp ground cinnamon
A pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tbsp cacao butter
Dessicated coconut to dust
Gently warm the coconut oil, honey and cacao butter over a bain marie until they are all a smooth liquid.
Meanwhile, in a blender or food processor, pulse the gojis, hemp, cacao, bee pollen, algae, salt and spices.
Slowly stir in the liquid to form a doughy mixture and roll into bitesize balls. Cover in dessicated coconut, set in the fridge and enjoy.