Navitas Naturals - Cacao Raw Chocolate Beans Certified Organic - 8 oz. (227 g)
Cacao has been enjoyed for its health and invigorating propertied in South American cultures for thousands of years. this bag contains 100% pure cacao beans that are certified organic, kosher, vegan and raw.
The bean of the cacao plant is the nutritional and flavorful source for all chocolate and cocoa products. Cacao contains a naturally rich supply of antioxidants and is an excellent source of dietary fiber. It is also known to be one of the highest dietary sources of magnesium and possesses many other essential minerals in significant quantities. Navitas cacao beans are dried to low temperatures to protect these nutrients.
The mission of Navitas Naturals is to provide premium organic superfoods that increase energy and enhance health. Navitas products are the highest quality, sourced directly from farmers, cultivated sustainably and in accordance with fair trade practices.
Cacao (ke-kau, ka-kow):
the dried seeds of a South American evergreen tree (Theobroma cacao of the family Sterculiaceae), which are most commonly used in making cocoa, chocolate, and cocoa butter. Also called cacao bean, and cocoa bean.
Navitas Naturals Cacao Raw Chocolate Beans Suggested Uses:
- Trail Mix
Navitas Naturals Cacao Raw Chocolate Beans Benefits:
- Dietary Fiber
- 100% Cacao
Nature’s Chocolate Chip
Navitas Naturals Cacao Nibs are the partially ground cacao beans that are the natural source of all chocolate products. And though the Mayans may have touted cacao as the “Food of the Gods,” we’ve got dessert on our minds. With their crunchy texture and intense flavor, our cacao nibs are healthy, gourmet, and a delicious addition to all kinds of treats. From adding them into a brownie batter, sprinkling on ice cream, or even just tossing into a trail mix, there is virtually no wrong way to add more of this “real chocolate” into your life. Plus, with cacao’s soaring levels of antioxidants, and trace minerals like magnesium and iron, you can feel good in every way about enjoying this chocolatey superfood.
Source and Processing
Navitas Naturals cacao beans are hand selected for quality, partially fermented to alleviate bitterness, and processed at low temperatures for maximum nutrient retention. Once extracted from the pod-like fruit, purified water is then used to cleanse the beans where they are peeled and partially ground to form small pieces or “nibs.” Navitas Naturals Cacao Nibs contain 100% pure cacao that is certified organic, kosher, gluten-free, vegan, and raw.
The Truth About Vitamin C In Cacao:
Despite the popular reports circulating the internet, the honest truth remains: even when processed at low temperatures (i.e. "raw"), there is no vitamin C (ascorbic acid) present in cacao. Recently, highly trafficked websites such as TodayShow.com and MSNBC.com have highlighted the misinformation of cacao’s supposed vitamin C content. Included in these reports are claims that raw cacao is “extraordinarily high in vitamin C.”
Back in 2004, our Navitas Naturals lab tests directly looked for vitamin C content in raw cacao, but came up negative. Despite these results, the current media blitz brought us back again for another round of lab testing of our best-selling raw cacao products (beans, nibs and powder) for vitamin C. This time, we used two different laboratories instead of one, and utilized three different analytical methods: High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Capilary Electrophoresis (CE) with UV detection, and Titration.
Though all three methods have their place in the scientific community, Titration is the most commonly used method in the food industry when determining vitamin C (ascorbic acid) content. However, there is a critical detail within the Titration method many companies miss when testing raw cacao. The method of Titration is unable to differentiate the vitamin C (ascorbic acid) from the vitamin’s analogs. The result is what is known as a "false positive."
This is why, at Navitas Naturals, we use HPLC when testing raw cacao’s vitamin C content. The HPLC method looks directly for vitamin C (ascorbic acid), and not just the analogs. Additionally, after sending samples of our products to another lab to test using the CE method, the reports returned consistent the HPLC results. Navitas Naturals have now also tested one of the largest raw cacao brands in the United States using the Titration and HPLC methods. And yet again the results confirm our previous conclusion that raw cacao has no vitamin C (ascorbic acid) present. Cacao is a tremendously beneficial superfood, containing a wide spectrum of minerals and phytonutrients. It is important to be clear however, vitamin C is not amongst these nutrients.
Food of the Gods
Cacao has long been enjoyed for its healthful and invigorating properties in Mexican, Central, and South American cultures. In fact, Mayan civilizations associated cacao with the food that their gods chose to consume and thrive upon. So impressed were the Mayans with cacao’s taste (and its ability to promote energy), that cacao paste was frequently used in sacred rituals, with an annual festival held devoted entirely to honoring the “cacao god.” Today, we continue to celebrate the bean of the cacao plant as the nutritional and flavorful source for all chocolate and cocoa products.
The Power of Cacao
Cacao contains a naturally rich supply of antioxidants, and is also an excellent source of dietary fiber. In addition, cacao is known to be one of the highest dietary sources of magnesium, contains an impressively high iron content, and also possesses many other essential minerals in significant quantities.
For the Love of Chocolate
Ask most people to think about chocolate, and watch a smile instantly appear. Being the ingredient that all chocolate is made from, raw cacao can take commercialized “chocolate” to a whole new level through the alchemy of homemade chocolate confections. Great for both the true chocolateer and health seeker alike, try raw cacao paired with sweet foods of any kind (including raw nectars and syrups, dried fruit, or as a special addition to a dessert recipe) and experience cacao’s beloved chocolate intensity instantly come to life.
Recipes Chocolate Cherry Truffles
- Suitable for:
- Coffee Grinder
- Food Processer
- Ready In:
- 1/2c.Navitas Naturals Cacao Nibs ground into a powder (use more for richer flavor)
- 1/2c. Pitted, packed dates
- 1 tsp. Cheery extract (Frontier herbs makes a nice one)
- 2 tsp. Eden cherry concentrate
- 1/4c. Dried cherried, coarsely chopped
Grind the cacao nibs in a coffee grinder until powdered. Puree all ingredients in a food processor until the batter becomes emulsified. Then, refrigerate the batter until chilled, about 1 hour.
Form the batter into round balls. (You can also use candy molds for a variety of shapes, or form into a block and make thin slices.) These truffles are best refrigerated and will last for up to 6 months.
For a more milk chocolaty flavor, puree in:
- 1c. Soaked and dehydrated walnuts or
- 1/2c. Almond Butter
Add 2 tsp. fresh ginger and replace cherries with dates.
Mix in a few Navitas Naturals Cacao Nibs (unground) for texture.
For a more milk-chocolaty flavor, puree in 1 cup soaked and dehydrated walnuts, or ½ cup almond butter.
Recipe Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Suitable for:
- 3T. Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder
- 1/4c. Navitas Naturals Cacao Nibs
- 1/4c Navitas Naturals Hemp Powder
- 1/4c. Navitas Naturals Sprouted Chia Powder
- 2c. Sprouted buckwheat
- 1c. Soaked flax seeds
- 1/2c. Agave
- 1 dropper Chocolate liquid stevia
- 1tsp. Cinnamon
- 3T. Roasted carob
To sprout buckwheat, soak 1 cup raw buckwheat groats in 2 cups water overnight in refrigerator. Drain in colander and spread groats evenly around side of colander. Place plate underneath colander to catch dripping water. Cover with paper towel and let sprout on kitchen counter for 36 – 48 hours. When a little white tail pops out from the groats, they have sprouted and are ready. Soak 2/3 cup flax seed with 2 cups water overnight in refrigerator.
Measure 2 cups of sprouted buckwheat and combine with 1 cup of the soaked flax and place in mixing bowl. Add in Navitas Naturals Hemp Powder, Navitas Naturals Sprouted Chia Powder, agave syrup, liquid stevia, cinnamon, carob and lastly the Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder and Cacao Nibs. Combine all ingredients until well incorporated.
On a Teflex sheet, spread half the batter into a circle, approximately 10” in diameter and ¼” thick. Repeat on another sheet with rest of batter. Place sheets in dehydrator for 18 hours at 105 degrees. Half way through, peel batter off and flip over. Continue to dehydrate for another 2 hours. When finished, break into bite-size cookie pieces.
Note: If you do not have a dehydrator, place batter on a cookie sheet covered with oil-sprayed parchment paper and dehydrate in a 200 degree oven for two-three hours or until desired texture is achieved.
Recipe Chocolate Haystacks
- Suitable for:
- 1/2c. Navitas Naturals Cacao Butter
- 1/2c. Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder
- 1 cup Navitas Naturals Trail Mix
- 3 Tbsp. Navitas Naturals Yacon Syrup
- 3 Tbsp.. Navitas Naturals Palm Sugar
In a saucepan, melt the Navitas Naturals Cacao butter over very low heat, quickly stirring in the agave syrup and Navitas Naturals Cacao powder until smooth. Toss in the trail mix until coated, then drop spoon-size haystacks onto a plate and place into the freezer to harden. Haystacks are ready to eat in about one hour. Great for road-trip snacking!
To keep cacao butter raw, melt it by filling a glass bowl with boiling water, then placing a bigger bowl on top of that with shaved cacao butter flakes in it. The butter will slowly melt from the heat of the hot water but retain its raw state.
About Navitas Naturals
The “Navitas” in their name is the Latin word for energy. And like their name implies, Navitas mission is to provide premium organic functional foods that increase energy and enhance health. Part of this effort is to continually search for the world’s most beneficial natural foods. Navitas Naturals is a certified organic, green business headquartered in Marin County, California.
They specialize in organic and wild-crafted functional foods, and strive to lead the industry in this expanding market. Health conscious consumers choose their nutrient-rich products because they are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Navitas premium quality “superfoods” are always free of additives and trans fats; the absence of these elements speaking to the purity and effectiveness of the products.
Navitas company is committed to socially and environmentally responsible business practices. They source their premium functional foods through direct partnerships with farming communities around the world. An essential part of their mission is to create economic opportunities among indigenous people in developing countries, and their support of native agriculture helps expand development of global organic farming practices.
As Navitas partnerships evolve, they will continue to introduce more intriguing functional food products - helping you meet your nutritional needs deliciously, naturally, and simply. You can learn more about us on FaceBook, Twitter and YouTube. Click on thescertified organic, kosher, gluten-free, vegan, and raw.