Whether you're spending this Valentine's day with friends, in partnership, or loving on yourself (like the beautiful, independent, badass babe you are), I think we can all agree that this day is an incredible excuse to celebrate our collective one true love: chocolate.
Aside from being delicious and woman's best fried, chocolate (in it's true, unadulterated raw form - cacao) is a potent mood, energy, and mental health booster. It's literally been confirmed by science: chocolate makes us feel really, really good. When ingested, cacao stimulates the release of a variety of neurotransmitters, including serotonin, dopamine, and anandamide. Side effects include increased release of endorphins, feelings of bliss, enhanced ability to focus, and elevated mood. As I've mentioned on here before, cacao has the highest antioxidant count of any food on the planet, serving to powerfully protect and improve the health of our minds + bodies. I've written a bit more in detail about the health benefits of chocolate here.
This very simple recipe for raw chocolate is actually something I whip up quite often, and it's become a true staple in my kitchen. I felt really silly when I realized I had yet to share the recipe with you all here on the Journal (though it actually is based off of the raw chocolate sauce I featured a while back). So here it is: a totally guilt-free and body-nourishing treat that makes a really sweet (and really easy) Valentine's Day gift for yourself and others.
For an extra mood, hormone, and libido boost, I added maca powder to this batch, as adaptogenic herbs pair really with this recipe. Feel free to leave this out, or substitute in any medicinal herb or mushroom powder you prefer.
I hope you love this recipe as much as I do, and feel inspired to create a batch weekly. With it's mood-enhancing, energy-elevating, and brain-powering properties, raw chocolate makes for the ultimate afternoon pick-me-up.
ADAPTOGENIC RAW CHOCOLATES