At Teros in Hobart on July 28th 6-8pm, 2016
This is about true decadence without guilt.
Chocolate the way it was meant to be eaten.
We know that dark chocolate is good for us but the benefits of raw chocolate are incomparable. It is only in the past 10 or so years that we actually have access to the raw cacao bean, cacao powder and cacao butter. It has not always been that way. We used to make chocolate by melting prepared bakers or cooking chocolate.
Raw cacao powder contains more than 300 different chemical compounds and nearly four times the antioxidant power of your average dark chocolate – more than 20 times than that of blueberries. Protein, calcium, carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, magnesium, sulfur, flavonoids, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids are also present.
The precise blend of all these elements combined serve to kick in naturally occurring phytochemicals that have incredible benefits throughout the body, such as lowered LDL cholesterol, improved heart function, and reduced cancer risk.
Phenethylamine, or PEA, is one of them. Large doses of this compound are said to be released into the brain when we are attracted to something, but natural pain- and stress-relieving chemicals known as neurotransmitters stimulate the secretion of endorphins to help us stay alert and focused.
Studies have shown that chocolate affects your emotions and mood by raising serotonin levels, which explains why chocolate is often craved when we feel low. Also to the rescue is a neurotransmitter called theobromine, a mild stimulant (not caffeine) sometimes used as a treatment for depression. It releases the compound anandamide, which produces uniquely euphoric feelings of relaxation and contentment. It’s the bliss chemical.
During this class we demonstrate the essentials of making raw chocolate, including:
- key kitchen skills and equipment
- the essential ingredients
- preparation methods
- simple designs, flavours & textures to impress
The cacao bean tree was named Theobroma cacao which translates as ‘cacao, food of the gods’. A superfood absolutely worth celebrating, anytime of the day. With all its health-promoting elements still intact and available, you can say yes to raw chocolate anytime of the day!
This class is vegan, raw, gluten free, processed sugar free and dairy free.