Photo by Rosemary Nickel

        Raw Vegan Chocolate Options

Chocolate lovers can delight in the fact that dark chocolate actually helps reduce stress!  Aside from it’s heart-healthy benefits, LiveScience reported a study where eating 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate for a period of two weeks showed decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol.  This study was published in 2009 in the journal of Proteome Research (

But here’s the rub – most commercial chocolate candies and bars are very high in sugar in comparison to the ratio of cacao.  To get the best benefit from chocolate the cacao level needs to be around 72%.  You won’t find that in most of the candy you buy at convenience stores and supermarkets.

One of the great learning experiences of the raw foods lifestyle is how simple it is to make a chocolate ganache or candy sell by simply mixing a few ingredients, which also happen to be good for you, such as rich cacao and coconut oil, both loaded with antioxidants.  Whisking these items with some viscous sweetener, such as agave nectar or coconut syrup can bring instant gratification.  While there has been some bad press about agave nectar, if you limit its use to filling the occasional chocolate cravings or seek out the raw organic versions, I think you will be fine.  Certainly do try this recipe with coconut nectar as that is a great alternative sweetener derived from the palm tree and boasts a relatively low glycemic index (35).  For more information on Sensible Sweeteners check out my blog and NBC’s Daytime appearance.

I am sharing two surprisingly simple “prescriptions” for chocolate therapy;  They are made with healthy fats, dark chocolate and sensible sweeteners.  You can find ground cacao at health food stores or use Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa.

First,  a simple candy shell sauce from my book – Raw Fusion Living. If you don’t have cacao butter, you can leave it out – it will be more of a sauce than a shell, which can harden when cold.  (Place in freezer for rapid hardening.)   Use it on a variety of fresh berries.

You can buy Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder at any market and that will work perfectly if you can’t get raw cacao.  The photo is from my friend, Rosemary Nickel (

Chocolate Candy Shell


  • ¼ cup agave or coconut nectar
  • 2 TB. raw cacao powder
  • 1 TB  shaved and melted cacao butter (but you don’t need to add this if you don’t have it!)
  • 1 TB. coconut oil  (add an extra tablespoon  more if you don’t have cacao butter)

Directions: To melt cacao butter, grate over a small cup and immerse the cup in hot or boiling water (bain marie) – it will melt immediately.Whisk ingredients together until you achieve the desired consistency.

Healthy Magical Chocolate Pudding Photo borrowed from

Photo borrowed from

Avocados  are rich in essential fatty acids (unsaturated fats), a great source of omega 3 and 6 and they are very easy to digest.  They are considered to be a “good fat” which is good news for people who love guacamole, a universally loved appetizer and so easy to make:

Botanically a fruit, but often served as a vegetable.  It always amazes people who are first experimenting with raw desserts are astounded by how an avocado can become an instant smooth and creamy dessert icing or pudding by adding some sweetener and flavoring and whipping up the mixture with a wire whisk or potato masher.   However, if you are making a large portion of this (3 or more avocados) you may want to use a food processor to get all the lumps out but for up to 2 the whisk or masher will be fine.

1 Serving


  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1-2 TB. maple syrup, raw honey, agave or coconut nectar
  • 2-3 TB. of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Optional:  Dash of vanilla and/or salt to balance flavors

Directions: Spoon out avocado into a mixing bowl – with a large fork mash it well, add sweetener and mix – then sprinkle in 2 TB. of the cocoa powder.  Mix thoroughly and taste – should be sweet with no real avocado taste, so adjust by adding more cocoa and/or sweetener.

I didn’t have a photo of this pudding and “borrowed” one from – so, thanks!

These recipes are from Raw Fusion: Better Living through Living Foods volumes 1 and 2  copyright 2010 Quantum Mind Press, LindaJoy Rose, Ph.D.

LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site,

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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