My kids love chocolate! I’m pretty sure they inherited their sweet tooth from me, so I do my best to come up with new, sweet, chocolatey, healthy snacks that they can enjoy. That’s why I love this yogurt- the kids love the chocolate flavour and the creaminess, and I love that it’s healthy. It makes a great treat all on its own or served with fruit, but also works really well as a base for smoothies, overnight chia pudding, and a number of other things!!
Cashews and raw cacao are a natural partnership. The sweet, creaminess of the cashews complement the bitter chocolate tones of the raw cacao perfectly, and nutritionally the two play off each other quite well. Cashews are rich in vitamins E, K and B6, as well as iron, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. Meanwhile, raw cacao is rich in calcium and antioxidants, making the combination of the two a nutritional powerhouse. I’m always looking for ways to get more calcium into my boys’ food, so if I can do it with chocolate, even better!!
Did you know that raw cacao has been proven to be a natural mood elevator? It happens to be full of seratonin, phenylethylamine, anandamide and dopamine- it literally improves your mood as you’re eating it (I think the flavour is a mood booster too!) When cacao is processed into cocoa, it loses most of its nutrients. By keeping cacao in as natural a state as possible, all of the beneficial antioxidants, vitamins and minerals stay intact.
I used agave syrup to sweeten my yogurt, although you can use you can use any sweet syrup you like. Yacon syrup and maple syrup would both work beautifully in this recipe.
This vegan yogurt is definitely not just for kids! It’s so yummy and easy to make, you’ll want to make it every day! Until next time, eat well to live well!
- 1 cup Cashew (soaked overnight)
- 1/2 tbsp Raw Cacao
- 2 tbsp Agave Syrup (or maple)
In a blender or food processor, pulse the soaked cashews with a small amount of their soaking liquid.
2. Add the syrup, and puree until smooth. Mix in the raw cacao.
3. Spoon the yogurt into an airtight container, and chill for at least 20 minutes. Yogurt will last in the fridge for up to 5 days.