Raw Aphrodisiac Chocolate

photo (4)This recipe is a hot item right now! That’s probably because I have been giving these chocolates to friends and harping on about all the health benefits of the ingredients for the past couple months. They are a great way to get a healthy energy boost, are super yummy, have weight-loss properties, and if you add the medicinal herbs that I do – they can help your sex life too!

Thank you to my mom, Robin Flynn (Nelson, BC) and Healther Cunliffe (Victoria, BC) for the inspiration for this recipe which I modified and made my own. And thank you to Alexander who insisted on measuring the ingredients this time so we could record and share the recipe (I am notorious for making food “by feel” and modifying every recipe to make it my own. That’s all fine and dandy, but he’s right that it makes it hard to replicate!).

Raw (Aphrodisiac) Chocolate Recipe

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This recipe makes a LOT of chocolate – I got a full baking pan of chocolate bark, as well as 3 silicone chocolate molds full. You may want to start by making a half batch on your first time unless you have a household full of chocolate lovers, or want a 2 week supply on hand.

Crunchy/Chewy Things – to go inside your chocolate (optional)

Here are some things I like to add:

hazelnuts, candied ginger, dried cherries or cranberries, dry shredded coconut, almonds, pecans, cacao nibs, course sea salt, jungle peanuts

Chocolate

1 cup cacao butter
1 cup virgin coconut oil
2 1/3 cups raw cacao powder
200 ml honey
4 tbsp mixed medicinal herbs in dry powder form (e.g 2 tsp of each herb such as lucuma powder, kapikachhu, see full list of herbs I use below) (optional)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp vanilla beans (optional)
1 tbsp cinnamon (optional)
1 tbsp natural, organic orange or peppermint extract (optional)

Recipe instructions

  1. Lay out your crunchy/chewy ingredients on a tray to make chocolate bark, or in chocolate molds if you like shapes (I do).
  2. Take a pot and boil water with a large metal bowl over top. Lower the heat after it boils to just keep the water hot.
  3. Add the cacao butter to the bowl and melt it until liquid.
  4. Add the coconut oil and mix it until melted. Add honey and vanilla extract and mix together.
  5. Start adding the cacao power in small amounts with a whisk, making sure to get all the clumps out. Once all the cacao has been added and looks smooth, it’s time to add the fun things like cinnamon, vanilla bean powder, medicinal herbs.
  6. You are now ready to start pouring your chocolate over your crunchy/chewy ingredients. It really helps to transfer your chocolate into something with a spout like a large glass measuring cup. And then, if you like, you can do what I do which is to pour half of the chocolate as vanilla flavoured, and then add peppermint or orange extract to the remainder before pouring that. The minty chocolate is our favourite. But I like to have some that is just simple vanilla.
  7. Put chocolate in fridge to cool for a couple hours
  8. Observe your beautiful creation and eat generously!

Medicinal Herbs

Lucuma – In addition to satisfying your sweet tooth, lucuma is gluten-free and a source of antioxidants, fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals necessary for bodily functions and of benefit to the immune system.

Ashwaghanda – Ashwagandha, one of the most vital herbs in Ayurvedic healing, has been used since ancient times for a wide variety of conditions, but is most well known for its restorative benefits. It has traditionally been prescribed to help people strengthen their immune system after an illness. In addition, ashwagandha is also used to enhance sexual potency for both men and women.

Kapikatchu – or Mucuna pruriens is a well-known aphrodisiac. The seeds are useful in increasing sperm count. Kapikachhu acts as a nervine tonic, helpful in Parkinson’s disease.

Siberian Ginseng – Siberian Ginseng is known all over the world now as one of the best adaptogenic agents ever used by man. There just isn’t much else that can deliver so much wonderful raw working energy. It also helps provide the long term energy and ability to cope with very difficult stress. It also raises blood-oxygen levels.

Maca – a root that belongs to the radish family, and is grown in the mountains of Peru. Maca is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. Maca is widely used to promote sexual function of both men and women. It serves as a boost to your libido and increases endurance. At the same time it balances your hormones and increases fertility. Maca relieves menstrual issues and menopause. It alleviates cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, and depression. (Note that maca is to be avoided during pregnancy and lactation).

E3 Live – contains amino acids, vitamins, and trace minerals that tone up the immune system, raise energy levels, and improve general health. Its high chlorophyll and phytochemical content make it an effective antioxidant that helps prevent cell damage and aid detoxification in the body.

Cacao – I want to mention the health properties of the raw cacao you’ll be using in this recipe. Cacao has high levels of antioxidants. It is also an excellent source of iron. The theobromine naturally found in raw cacao is a mild, non-addictive stimulant that some believe can treat depression. It is also used to prevent cataracts, heart conditions, and reduce stress.

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