Tumeric Chocolate Swirl Cake (sweetened with stevia)
For all the health food-chocolate addict-tumeric lovers out there (hope it’s more than just me!), this here is the cake for you. Turmeric Chocolate Swirl sugar free vegan cake. That’s something that get’s my attention. This cake is so rich, moist, soft, fudgey, flavorful, fluffy, decadent, oh yea, AND healthy. While all my recipes use maple syrup, agave, or cane sugar, it’s pretty refreshing when you can indulge in something that has no sugar content, and a lot less calories as a result. I ate three slices of this cake in a row. It was melt in my mouth delicious. And I’d do it again. Chocolate turmeric is a combination I plan to use often, as this cake proved what a winning blend it is. Read more about the benefits of turmeric and cacao below.
Raw cacao (which is what I use) is the pure, unheated version of the ground cacao bean. The cacao fruit tree bears the cacao pods, which have inside them the cacao beans, from then which cacao and cocoa products are made. The beans can be chopped up into cacao nibs, melted into cacao paste, or have the cacao butter extracted from the fatty outer lining on the inside of the bean before the rest of the bean is made into cacao powder. Cacao retains more nutrients than cocoa because it’s unprocessed state helps to keep them intact. Raw cacao can have a bitter taste, while dutch cocoa alkalizes the bitterness and is great for baking. Both cacao and cocoa have an impressive profile of benefits. It’s no wonder these prized beans were used a a trade currency going back thousands of years to their native lands of Latin and South America.
Raw cacao also has over 300 different chemical compounds, is a leading antioxidant superfood (in the top 10), and has a list of nutrients that include protein, fiber, essential fatty acids, calcium, riboflavin, carotene, thiamin, magnesium, sulfur, and flavonoids. The naturally occurring phytochemicals and antioxidants help to combat, reverse, and prevent diseases including cancer, fight free radicals and protect cells from damage, lower bad cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and promote heart health. Cacao also has aphrodisiac properties, uplifting ones emotional state by producing serotonin, phenethylamine, endorphins, and neurotransmitters, that help with focus, pain relief, depression, euphoria, and feelings of bliss. If you’re not an addict of this stuff, just eat more, you will be.
Turmeric can be juiced from its fresh form, dried into a powder and used for cooking, making tea, adding to smoothies, and buying in a concentrated form in a capsule. It is one of the most widely researched herbs and has a solid recognition for it’s safe and potent medicinal properties, shown arguably to be more effective than medications and prescriptions relating to disease, pain, cholesterol, cancer, inflammation, diabetes, and more. The powerful chemical component of this herb is called curcumin and you can find it sold almost everywhere in supplement form. Let’s do a run down of what this herb can do.
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