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Hello OWL Familia!
Signing back on to bring you a truly magical treat that is super nourishing and oh so creamy, sweet, and medicinal! The superstar superfood of the day is raw cacao. Cacao medicina is near and dear to my heart and it brings me such joy to introduce today's recipe with you all, the one and only, "Salted Carmel” Chocolate Mousse! “Parentheses” around salted caramel as there is no caramel in this dessert at all! And... It truly tastes like caramel! How you must wonder? ... Keep reading... The proof is in the pudding...
Before we dive deep into this chocolaty-mousse-capade, I'd like to share a bit on raw Cacao, her nutritional and medicinal properties as well as a little on her history, how ancient indigenous tribes make healing medicine with her, and how she had personally touched my life. And yes, we are referring to HER in the female form as SHE is known as a sacred feminine plant spirit- Cacaocita and is brewed and served ceremonially as a way to heal, give thanks and pray!
I have gotten to know this plant spirit very closely. When I moved to South America, I first learned about cacao when I was invited to a cacao ceremony. I had never heard of such a thing before and I was very intrigued. The ceremony began in a sacred circle. There were fresh roses, crystals, incense burning, and beautiful native flute music playing. The person serving the cacao began with praying and giving thanks. Calling in the ancestors of all four directions and sharing with us a bit about cacao as medicine. We were all guided and encouraged to drop into our bodies, taste, and smell the cacao in our cups and connect to her spirit... We drank it... It was very thick and not sweet at all… the taste was more bitter and very rich! I loved it! We then began to meditate. I began to feel hot and was experiencing a surge of energy and sensations. I was quickly filled with energy, joy, and happiness. My heart felt wide open and I spent the night dancing under the stars. It was a beautiful experience and it planted a deep seed within me to learn more about this plant and work with her. Cacao as medicine is a wisdom that I hold dear to my heart and have been so blessed to have been passed down the teachings and now lead cacao ceremonies here in Ecuador.
Ok now, what's all the buzz truly about?... Aside from her ancestral roots, raw cacao is very high in minerals, including calcium, copper, sodium, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, and phosphorus and she is rich in antioxidants! Cacao in all of her glory is also packed full with heart-healthy flavonoids which are anti-inflammatory and never a bad thing here at OWL! Theobromine is another all-star player here! It is a bitter alkaloid that is known to give you a burst of energy and improves focus and memory. Cacao also increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain as well as induces the release of endorphins and dopamine, our feel-good hormones. That’s why chocolate makes us so happy!
Cacao grows wild all over Central and South America. Many of us don’t realize that the chocolate we are used to eating, actually grows on a tree! Yes! Chocolate grows on trees! Well... Cacao pods grow on trees that produce cacao nibs that get transformed into chocolate! The cacao beans are white when they are fresh out of the cacao pods! It’s the drying, fermenting, and aging process that creates a darker chocolate color! Cool right!... Since ancient times cacao has been used as a medicine to heal physical, mental, and spiritual illnesses by ancient Mayan Cultures. Cacao has been shown to boost the immune system and lower cholesterol and blood pressure as well as leading to euphoria and deeper spiritual connection. Making this superstar superfood true Medicina! Aho Cocoacita!
Ok... I am so passionate about this sacred plant medicine, that I can go on forever! But I won't as, by now, you guys are probably dying to give this recipe a try! Let’s get to preparing our cacao goodness! Today we are mixing it with moringa, which is a powerful and very nutrient-dense superfood, and steamed pumpkin which is so grounding and nourishing, and avocado to add in some healthy fats!
First I encourage you to welcome preparing your mousse as a ritual. Light some candles, put on your favorite tribal beats or sensual sounds, Wear something cozy and light that feels good to move in. Turn off your notifications and get real present infusing every step with intention and gratitude. Drop into your heart and activate your hands with love and gratitude while you prepare your cacacita medicina!
Ok... Now... Let’s get cookin’!
Nourishing “Salted Caramel” Chocolate Mousse
- 2 cups pumpkin, pre-steamed and chilled
- 1 whole ripe avocado
- 1 handful of moringa (or 1 tbsp. moringa powder)
- 1/4 cup OWL Broth Elixir
- Stevia, coconut sugar or honey, sweetened to your liking
- 4 heaping tbsp. raw cacao powder or straight raw cacao
- A pinch a sea salt (Spoiler alter! This combined with the pumpkin makes it taste like caramel! It’s serendipitous genius!)
- Simply blend all your ingredients on high in a high powered blender until silky, creamy, and smooth. Give it a taste and feel free to add more sweet, salt, or chocolaty goodness! Bless it up, set an intention, and give thanks! Oh, and... get ready for a heart-opening and a high powered dance session!
Ok Y'all, there she is in all her glory! I enjoyed creating this amazing medicinal treat for you all! I truly hope you enjoy it and that it brings bliss, happiness, and joy into your day! And as always, take the best care ever of yourselves as no one else will do it for you and remember that the magic is within you.
Signing off until next time. With all my love,
Kylie Ann Love
Also known as Wild Mamma, is a holistic wellness guide and forever student of the Universe. She is the founder of Stay Wild Mamma, an online hub for holistic wellness, living inspiration, and a global community of empowered mammas! Her wellness journey truly began 4 years ago when she said farewell to the concrete jungle of Los Angeles and flew across the world to plant new seeds in the real jungle of South America where the jungle meets the sea. This wild mamma is leading a life full of love, passion, purpose, and legacy while raising her two little, wild cubs by the way of the ancestors; in nature. She is a firm believer in creating life by design and is on a mission to be the change she wishes to see in our world. She recognizes that change starts within, which is what continues to inspire her healing journey and life's work.
Kylie’s passions are her purpose and her natural-born gifts are the bridge that guide others to be their highest selves and transform their lives from the inside out. She is here to share all of the pearls of wisdom she has gathered through this journey in hopes of igniting the desire and process of change within others for the greater good of all. As above, so below, as within, so without. Aho.