#Cacao theme 19th February with special guests Dr Gaye.

Hello again everyone!

We had a lovely #Veganrecipehour on 19th Feb. the theme was Cacao and we were super lucky to have special guests. Dr Morgaine Gaye, founder of @Supers_shake was with us live to answer questions on #Cacao.

I’m a relative late comer to the Cacao party and was very keen to learn more.

So just who is Dr Gaye and what is Super shake?

Click on this link for a biography of the lady herself.

Dr Gaye is a range of 100% raw, organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, grain-free and unprocessed food and drink products. The range includes: Super-Shake, Super-Blend, Super-Porridge and Super-Spoonful. The products aim to deliver you an unlimited source of micro-nutrients, minerals and vitamins, re-mineralising your body and mind. Visit www.drgaye.co.uk for more information and to buy online.

Did you know (all facts via Dr Gaye)  ‘ is its one of the highest natural sources of magnesium? Around 80% of Americans are chronically deficient in magnesium!’

One question that kept on coming up was: What is the difference between Cacao and Cocoa? Dr Gaye had the answer:

‘Cacao is raw/can come in nibs/powder & cocoa is roasted beans which have been ground’

How amazing does this Rocky Road Ice Cream look?

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Rocky Road Ice Cream
Ingredients
2 chopped frozen bananas
1/ 2 cup soaked cashew nuts in 1⁄4 pint water
2 TBS Dr Gaye’s Super Blend
2 TBS coconut oil
1 TBS chopped walnuts
1 TBS chopped dates or sultanas
1 TBS cacao nibs
2 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
Instructions
1. Cut banana in slices and freeze
2. Place cashews & water, Dr Gaye’s Super-Blend, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon and
salt in a blender or food processor with the S-blade
3. Pulse ingredients together and blend until creamy -then put to one side in dish
4. Blend frozen banana and then add pre-mixed mixture above and pulse to mix well
5. Add remaining ingredients (walnuts, dates/sultanas, cocao nibs) and pulse just a
couple of times
6. Transfer to a container and put in freezer for 2 hrs +
7. Serve. Indulge. Enjoy!

@Sentientchef shared with us her amazing experience of picking her own Cacao! (link) I am so envious! It looks like it was an amazing experience. This is a brilliant step by step guide for making Raw Chocolate.

Thank you to @Yogivegetarian for sharing this idea for a #Cacao #maca shake. It looks superb doesn’t it! Fancy trying this #Cacao nib, raw chocolate and cocoa museli from @SeasonalShaheen for your breakfast? Another nice way to start the day here from @winwinfood in the shape of a Raw Chocolate #Buckwheat Porridge. I love the sound of this 4 ingredient Mousse Dessert!

Here is another recipe from Dr Gaye….

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Gooey Raw Chocolate Brownies
Ingredients:
1 cup dates (remove stones and soak in water for a few hours and drain)
1/2 cup almond flour/ground almonds
1/2 cup chopped raw walnuts
2 tablespoons extra-virgin raw coconut oil
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
2 Tablespoons of Dr Gaye Super-Blend
2 Tablespoons organic desiccated coconut or coconut flakes
To Make:
1. Put dates, ground almonds, coconut oil, cacao powder and Dr Gaye Super-Blend in a
blender or food processor and blend until well combined and smooth-ish (you might
need a couple of tablespoons of water). The mixture should not be a liquid but firm
and slightly crumbly.
2. Stir in the chopped walnuts.
3. Line a baking tin or shallow square cake tin with cling film and dust with cacao
powder.
4. Spoon the mixture into the tin, press down firmly with coconut. Place in the fridge for
minimum of 2 hours to set.
5. Serve with coconut cream and fresh berries or just eat straight from the fridge!

These Rich Raw chocolate Cacao Tarts from @TheMoralMunch look and sounds rather yummy! Another here from @seasonalshaheen this time an amazing looking Red velvet raw vegan beetroot ‘Bounty’ heart bars. wowee!

A nice tip from @YogiVegetarian:

‘(cacao) Nibs are a great garnish on cookies, chia pudding or home made raw chocolates’

She also shared this recipe for home made @nakd bars! How about some #Raw #chocolate!? Take a look at this Raw Sludge pie! It has got another name but, I like that one best! Hehee! How about something totally different!? Chocolate beetroot Chocolate Chilli sounds great!

Chocolate Soup anyone!? @Ephemerianne has it covered! (google translate) Another lovely one here, this time a smoothie pudding with dates and cacao. Or lovely minty Brownies? Apple butter Chocolate bread,

This red velvet elixir shared by @KidsRawRecipes sounds rather fab!

Another #Cacao fact!

‘The MAO inhibitors in cacao diminish appetite therefore eat more chocolate to lose weight!’

It was lovely to welcome back @RawVeganista. I just knew she would have some great suggestions! How about Raw hot chocolate pudding? Pomegranate White chocolate fudge using Raw organic Cacao butter, Raw Cacao crunch bars, prepare to be amazed by this recipe for Sweetza!

More fun facts:

‘Cacao contains a bliss chemical called anandamide associated with increased pleasure. This is why we like it!’

‘Women crave cacao before their period because the magnesium & caffeine are 2 chemicals which ‘deplete then’

These Raw Hazelnut chocolate balls from @Apriltui sound tasty! Or Raw Double Chocolate Brownies from @MonicaShaw.

What an amazing hour! Thank you everyone!!

For more Dr Gaye recipes, check out their Facebook page

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