Alex Malinsky

Valentine's Day Raw Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Valentine's Day Raw Chocolate Avocado Mousse

This Raw Chocolate Avocado Mousse is not only a great option for a special V-Day treat, but it's also one of the easiest and tastiest dessert recipes imaginable perfect for just about any time - especially if you're a lover of all things dark chocolate. This creamy and rich chocolate mousse leaves nothing for want. Yes, it's made with superfood-status ingredients like fresh avocado and our 70% dark raw chocolate bars, but it still manages to excel in the decadence department with its creamy, rich texture and impressive flavor that truly is like a traditional chocolate mousse - only without the refined sugar, whipping cream and eggs.

We know what you're probably saying - "Stop right there. You said avocado?" Yep, you heard right!

Before you start visualizing a bowl of chocolate-flavored guacamole, hear us out.

Avocados may be delicious in savory recipes - but their richness, creaminess, and naturally buttery texture are all qualities that are completely dessert friendly-too. Avocados are what make this chocolate mousse smooth, thick, pudding-y, and completely decadent. And thanks to this versatile green fruit (yep, avos are a fruit!) this recipe is also loaded with healthy fats, fiber, and plenty of vitamins as well.

And the health benefits don't end there. Since this mousse is made with raw cacao and raw chocolate, it's also packed full of antioxidant flavonols and magnesium as well, two nutrients that support a healthy cardiovascular system, so you can nourish your physical heart while you express your love.

Valentine's Day Raw Chocolate Avocado Mousse

The Recipe

Raw Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Serves 4

3 medium avocados - make sure they’re soft but not overripe
2/3 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut cream
3 70% dark raw chocolate Essentials bars, melted *Leave a few sections out to chop and sprinkle on top
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large pinches Himalayan salt

Instructions 


1. Using a double boiler method, gently melt the 70% raw chocolate by breaking apart the bars and placing it in a heat-safe bowl over hot water. Be sure to leave out a few sections to chop and sprinkle on top for garnish.

2. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender, and blend until smooth and mousse-like. If using a blender place your liquid ingredients in the blender first to help the blades catch. Add a splash more coconut cream if needed. 

The Ultimate Keto Hot Chocolate Recipe (Less Than 1 Gram Sugar per Serving!)

The Ultimate Keto Hot Chocolate

One thing is for certain, you don't have to be following a strict keto diet to enjoy this delicious, antioxidant-packed hot chocolate recipe. Yes, it may contain less than 1 gram of sugar per serving (say what?!) all the while not compromising on sweetness, creaminess, and sheer decadence - but anyone can enjoy this recipe, including those who simply want to find creative ways to cut down on sugar without giving up their favorite treats.

This hot chocolate recipe is made with a combo of unsweetened almond milk and coconut cream to give it that perfect creamy texture without the use of dairy, raw cacao powder instead of processed cocoa powder for a more nutrient-rich option, monk fruit sugar to sweeten (a zero sugar, plant-based sugar alternative), and Rawmio's new keto-friendly raw chocolate hearts to give it even more dark chocolate flavor and added richness. You will not regret curling up next to the fire with a mug (or two!) of this yummy hot chocolate on a chilly winter's day. 

The Ultimate Keto Hot Chocolate Recipe

The Recipe

The Ultimate Keto Hot Chocolate

Serves 1

Ingredients

12 oz unsweetened almond milk

1/4 full-fat coconut milk (coconut cream)

6 Rawmio Keto Raw Chocolate Hearts

2 Tbs raw cacao powder

4 tsp monk fruit sugar (or erythritol or both)

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Dash Himalayan salt

Optional: a dash of cinnamon, cayenne or extra cacao powder (or all three) over the top before serving. 

Steps

1. Blend all ingredients except raw chocolate hearts until well-mixed. 
 
2. Pour mixture into a saucepan over medium heat. 
 
3. Add keto raw chocolate hearts to your pan and let them melt while stirring continuously. Heat to the desired temp and enjoy! 

Satisfy Your Candy Craving with These Salted Raw Keto Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates

Raw Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates

We've all been there, those days when that sweet tooth just won't let up. Instead of fighting the cravings with all the will power one can possibly muster, why not replace the not-so-ideal stuff with nutrient-rich, whole food alternatives? 

Such as this recipe right here:

Gooey Medjool dates stuffed with creamy raw cashew butter and crunchy brazil nuts wrapped in a low-sugar, keto-friendly dark chocolate shell. These seriously taste like a candy bar, but they're secretly plant-based and healthy. Use whatever nut butter tickles your fancy. If you're not opposed to peanuts, peanut butter would also be great combined with the cashew butter for an even more Snickers-like effect. Or sub in chopped peanuts for the brazil nuts. It's completely customizable. We used our new Keto raw chocolate Essentials bars to cut down on the overall sugar of this recipe, and because they taste amazing. Instead of actual sugar or stevia which can leave a strange artificial aftertaste, these bars get their natural sweetness from clean, plant-based sugar alternatives: organic yacon root and monk fruit-infused erythritol. You'd never believe they're sugar-free!

This recipe is the perfect example of an easy treat you'll be grateful to have stashed in the fridge during your next sweet-tooth emergency.
 
Raw Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates  

All you need is:

12 Medjool dates - the larger and gooier the better
2 handfuls of chopped raw brazil nuts (or peanuts!)
1 tsp raw coconut oil
Coarse Himalayan salt or flaked sea salt for sprinkling
 
Instructions
 
1) De-pit your dates and place aside. 
 
2) Take 2 Keto Essentials bars, break them into pieces, and add to a heat-safe bowl with 1 tsp coconut oil. Melt using a double broiler method (a small metal bowl partially submerged in hot water works great)
 
3) Take your pitted dates and stuff them with raw cashew butter and chopped brazil nuts.
 
4) Stick a toothpick through the stuffed date, and roll it around in your melted chocolate until evenly coated, then set aside on a small parchment paper-lined baking sheet, or plate. Sprinkle with flaked salt. 
 
5) Repeat steps until all dates are done, then place in the fridge or freezer until chocolate hardens. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or freezer for a number of months. Enjoy! 
 

What is Cacao, And is it the Same as Chocolate?

Cacao vs. Chocolate - what's the actual difference

If you follow along with wellness trends and love to geek out on all things nutrition (like us!) then you’ve likely heard about the health benefits of eating dark chocolate. You may have even heard a health expert or two recommend chocolate with a high percentage of cacao  - say  70-80%. Maybe you’ve wondered what that cacao % actually means. Or maybe you're not quite sure what cacao is to begin with, not to mention why you should be eating it. This blog is for you.

To put it simply, cacao is the base ingredient of all chocolate - without it, your favorite chocolate bar could not exist. But chocolate bars aside, cacao actually has a deep and rich history in ancient pre-hispanic cultures along the Yucatán such as the Olmecs, Maya, and Aztec people. Not only was it consumed as a food source, but it was also used as currency, as medicine, and in sacred ritual. The term “cacao” comes from the Olmec word “ka-ka-w”. Its scientific name is Theobroma cacao, which translates to "food of the gods” in Greek.

So what is cacao exactly?

The cacao tree is a tropical plant native to Central and South America. It produces pods about the size and shape of a football, and inside the pod is fleshy, zesty tasting cacao fruit. Inside of the fruit lies the coveted seeds aka cacao beans. While both the fruit and the seeds are edible and have been enjoyed for centuries, only the seeds are used to create modern chocolate. Once harvested, these “beans” are fermented, dried, ground into a paste, sweetened (or not), and used to create chocolate treats of all kinds. The fermented beans can also be processed into cacao powder, or broken into smaller “nibs”, which are often found online or at health foods stores.

Why should we eat it?

Cacao is a true superfood, containing even more antioxidants than fellow nutritional powerhouses like blueberries, pomegranates, and green tea, not to mention a wealth of trace minerals like magnesium, iron, and calcium. Cacao’s rich supply of flavonoids also makes it an excellent food for cardiovascular health, and the higher the percentage of cacao in the chocolate, the more flavonoids it will have. Cacao also contains unique compounds such as anandamide and phenylethylamine (PEA) which stimulate endorphins and other happy brain chemicals like serotonin. Yes, cacao bliss is a real thing.

How to enjoy cacao

To get the most authentic experience, choosing raw cacao is the best way to go. This ensures you get the most health benefits, and you also get to taste the various flavor complexities and nuances of the cacao bean itself. Enjoy raw cacao in:

Rawmio chocolate treats - no additional prep needed, just enjoy your little taste of raw chocolate bliss! Our unique nib-to-bar stone grinding process helps preserve the unique health benefits and properties of the cacao.  

Raw cacao powder  - use it as you would unsweetened cocoa powder for a less processed, more nutrient-rich option. It works well as a 1:1 sub for cocoa powder in brownies, cookies, or in hot chocolate. Cacao powder can also be used in savory recipes like chili or stews to add extra nutrition and an amazing depth of flavor.  

Raw cacao nibs - sprinkle them on smoothie bowls or any other dish you’d like to add a pop of intensely dark chocolate flavor and crunch. Nibs are simply broken cacao beans and the flavor is deep and fruity with a slightly bitter aftertaste similar to coffee beans.

Cacao butter - this is the pure oil expressed from cacao beans. It is wonderfully aromatic and sweet-smelling. This luscious butter is responsible for chocolate’s signature melt-in-the-mouth texture. This is a great ingredient to have on hand if you want to channel your inner chocolatier and make authentic chocolate right at home.