CACAO LOAF RECIPE | CHRISTI WASSERMAN
Gluten-Free | Refined Sugar Free
Cacao: The following highlights a few of the many healing benefits of Cacao.
Named ‘Food of the Gods’ in ancient civilisations and known as a superfood today and for good reason, cacao offers more benefits than you can imagine! To name a few; Cacao is a natural mood elevator – triggering the bliss chemicals in your brain known as serotonin dopamine and anadamine. It has been studied and is becoming more known that including cacao in your diet combats anxiety and depression as well.
After enjoying some good quality cacao you can expect to feel euphoric, relaxed and… maybe even a little in love! Cacao contains tryptophan, one of the building blocks of serotonin (also a brain chemical that makes you feel all the love) and phenylethylamine (PEA), released in the brain when you are falling in love.
Raw cacao is rich in a myriad of nutrients; Such as magnesium, a key component of a happy and healthy heart. Iron, which is one of the most neglected nutrients in modern day culture.
Other minerals such as calcium, zinc, copper, potassium, manganese and chromium to name a few.
If antioxidants are what you’re after, did you know that cacao contains the highest amount of flavonoids (class of antioxidant) by weight compared to any other food! Good to know and include in your diet if you are looking to reduce high blood pressure and inflammation. Raw chocolate improves cardiovascular health, builds strong bones, is a natural aphrodisiac, elevates your mood and energy, and increases longevity.
May this little nugget of information inspire you to source good quality cacao and indulge in the magnitude of benefits this super-bean holds whilst enjoying your chocolatey deliciousness!
Cinnamon: Is a super spice with many benefits, it enhances circulation, stabilises blood sugar levels, when digested has antiseptic and detoxifying properties for the body and is naturally very sweet so can be added to all your sweet creations to add that extra sweet punch without overloading your food with sugars.
Maca: Used for many years in ancient South American cultures as a medicinal supplement as well as for strength and energy. Maca is know for its adaptogenic properties aiding in all things from anxiety, stress & depression, and improves hormone and sexual health as well, basically you can use it for your all round system upgrade!
2 large eggs
1 can coconut milk
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup (add less if you don’t want it too sweet, taste test the batter and adjust for you)
1/3 cup cacao
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup gluten free flour
1/2 cup salted pecan nuts
This can be a treat or a savoury snack depending on what you’re craving. Coat in some nut butter for a yummy treat or some guacamole or hummus for a snack!
Store in the fridge and it’s super yummy to toast before you enjoy.
Preheat oven to 180degrees
Prepare a regular loaf pan by placing a sheet of baking paper inside and put aside.
In large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs together and add the coconut milk and honey. Mix until all combined.
Add cacao powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt; whisk well until mixture is smooth.
Add the gluten free flour and mix gently with a spatula just enough to combine, be careful not to over mix. Gently stir in the pecans.
Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 70-80 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack to cool off for 20 minutes. Holding onto the flaps of parchment paper remove the loaf from the pan and let it cool off completely before slicing. Cut with serrated bread knife.
Top with what you’re craving!