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Raw Chocolate From Me To You

March 15, 2010

Several months ago, Smoothie Girl sent me some raw cacao beans. Thanks Deb! I β™₯ you.

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Occasionally, I use the beans as a crunchy topping for smoothies or oats, but this weekend I wanted to experiment with some cacao recipes. So, after grinding the beans in my Vita-Mix, I had my very own raw cacao powder.

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First up, I made some mint chocolate tea by steeping Trader Joe’s peppermint tea in a mug of heated almond milk and then stirred in a heaping tsp of cacao powder and a drizzle of maple syrup to sweeten. This was so warm and comforting, even before I added the cacao. Try making peppermint tea with almond or coconut milk instead of water! I think I’ve discovered a new favorite hot beverage. πŸ™‚

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Then, out of the blue, Clare sent me this recipe for coconut cacao bark. Thanks Clare – perfect timing, and I made it right away. My version wasn’t 100% raw since I used maple syrup, but still delicious. Next time I make it, I think I’ll use coconut butter rather than coconut oil and skip the sweetener altogether.

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This morning, in honor of Green Smoothie Monday, I made myself a raw cacao smoothie for breakfast with 2 cups coconut water, 1 frozen banana, 2 TBSP raw cacao powder, topping it with a spoonful of unsweetened shredded coconut. Definitely not green, but still full of so much goodness. I haven’t had something this sweet for breakfast in a while, and I’m so hyper right now. I hope I don’t crash, but if I do, it was totally worth it. I LOVED this smoothie!

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How about you? Would you like some raw cacao nibs or perhaps a few raw chocolate truffles? Well then, today is your lucky day. Snubbr, a new groovy website that finds the best shopping deals out there, is offering one lucky HEABer the chance to win one of their top rated raw chocolate goodies. All you have to do is click here to visit their site and leave a comment below telling me which chocolate item you would choose. I’ll leave the comments open through next Sunday, March 21, midnight CST.

Anyone else start their day with chocolate? πŸ˜‰

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242 Comments
  1. March 15, 2010 10:06 am

    Well, aside from the truffles, I think I would have to go with the Navitas natural organic raw cocoa nibs. I briefly tried cocoa nibs about 4 or 5 years ago and not since! Yikes it has really been that long. πŸ™‚

  2. Kim permalink
    March 15, 2010 10:14 am

    I think I’d have to go for the Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs — they look awesome!

    Thanks, HEAB!

  3. Carolyn permalink
    March 15, 2010 10:37 am

    I would for sure choose the nibs.. They sound so fun and i have always loved the word nib..

    I didn’t start my day with chocolate but i did just have lunch dessert and it was… “OMG That Tastes Better Than A Nobake Cookie and It Has No Sugar” oatbran with dark cocoa powder, topped with TJ almond butter and coconut butter… and.. it was dang good…

  4. Lauren permalink
    March 15, 2010 10:40 am

    I’ve been wanting to try cacao nibs for a while now!

    Lauren @ http://lifelite10.blogspot.com/

  5. jackie permalink
    March 15, 2010 10:50 am

    Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs without question I would choose those….the possibilities are endless with a stash of raw chocolate nibs!!!

  6. nutellacube permalink
    March 15, 2010 10:54 am

    Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs!! I’m addicted to chocolate these days.

  7. Emilie permalink
    March 15, 2010 10:58 am

    ulimana raw truffles look divine!

  8. March 15, 2010 11:03 am

    Nibs are the best! Can’t have enough of them. This morning, I sprinkled them on your raw bread with coconut and stevia. It’s the perfect breakfast for an IBSser. Very light on the tum, but very energizing.

  9. Jules permalink
    March 15, 2010 11:16 am

    Definitely the nibs. I’ve always wanted to try them!!

  10. claire permalink
    March 15, 2010 11:20 am

    I’ve always wanted to try the raw cacao nibs..I almost bought them once at Whole foodss,but they weren’t in the budget:-) cc

  11. March 15, 2010 11:21 am

    I would like the Askinosie Single Origin Box!!
    Love nibs too but I just bought new bag of it so I am up for more of a chocolate bar today!
    Yummy smoothie you made Heather! And I really like your idea of making raw cacao powder. You can mix it with coconut butter and make your own chocolate bliss now!!
    And since you also like nibs, take a look at this recipe over David Lebovitz website for Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread, he uses cocoa nibs and hazelnut oil to make an spreadable concoction. I want to try it soon, that’s why I bought a bag of nibs! (and to try making my own chocolate bliss with coconut butter!
    http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives/2010/02/chocolate-hazelnut_spread.html
    Ana

  12. March 15, 2010 11:22 am

    I think the Ulimana Raw Truffles look divine!

  13. Brooks permalink
    March 15, 2010 11:24 am

    I would definitely go for the Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs – I’ve always wanted to try them!

  14. Mallory permalink
    March 15, 2010 11:26 am

    i’ve never tried cacao nibs, and i would LOVE to make your sugar rush smoothie with those… although the maple chocolate bar sounds interesting – gimme anything with weirdish ingredient combos and i’ll def. try it…. so that would be my second pick πŸ™‚

    btw do you ever cook with collard greens? i just bought a huuuge bag of them and thought that if anyone would have a yummy recipe for veg it would be you. i made some up with coconut milk and red curry powder and it was SO yum, but i’d love to hear any of your crazy concoctions too!

  15. Angie permalink
    March 15, 2010 11:34 am

    I would go for the nibs. Everyone in my house would love them-especially my kids!!
    They would be perfect for smoothies, oats, recipes and just to snack on. Yum!

  16. March 15, 2010 11:34 am

    Thanks for the link Ana. Sounds delicious – like raw spreadable Nutella. πŸ™‚

  17. March 15, 2010 11:36 am

    Mallory, I love love love collard greens, but haven’t cooked with them much myself. Truth be told, I’m a Southern girl at heart and therefore, love my greens simmered with a ham hock.

  18. March 15, 2010 11:51 am

    I started with chocolate!

    I tried those raw cacao nibs before…I don’t get them? what should you do with them…I thought they’d melt in hot cocoa…but they don’t -just crunchy…so I’m just doing my usual πŸ™‚

  19. March 15, 2010 11:57 am

    Oh my gosh! I almost got some of the cacao pods last week but passed up…how do they taste raw? And then grinding and making a smoothie just sounds amazing. Do you think you could grind the beans with a coffee grinder..I don’t have a Vitamix. I would definitely want to try out the Original Maple Syrup Chocolate Bars!

  20. March 15, 2010 11:57 am

    Wow, I would love to cook with those raw cacao nibs! Just made your coconut butter last week, and I’d love to make up a chocolate flavored batch! Mmmm.

  21. Jennifer in Newfoundland permalink
    March 15, 2010 11:59 am

    Ooohhh…..so hard to choose! I would definitely go with the nibs, though. I like the idea of your chocolate mint tea, but my hubby makes a mean protein smoothy with heaps of cocoa in it that would no doubt benefit from their addition πŸ™‚ I imagine they’d made tastey mosels in homemade protein bars of even in the bark or….omg! In fudge babies!!!!

    Love your blog, by the way! Since discovering it, I check it everday and even my husband wants to know what your pancake sunday is for the week – we’re partial to the almond banana pancakes from Marks Daily Apple…and now we’re going to do the McGriddle variation next πŸ™‚

  22. March 15, 2010 11:59 am

    Eatmovelove, Stuff the cacao nibs in a raw Medjool date with almond butter or add to any hot or cold cereal for a little crunch!

  23. Jen permalink
    March 15, 2010 12:00 pm

    mmm…. I would definitely opt for the Navitas chocolate nibs. πŸ™‚

  24. March 15, 2010 12:01 pm

    Christine, The cacao nibs are very bitter – like unsweetened chocolate, and yes, you could probably grind them in your coffee grinder. πŸ™‚

  25. Jonna permalink
    March 15, 2010 12:02 pm

    I would love to try the Love Street Raw Maple Crystal Chocolate Bars. They look so yummy! I bet my kiddos would love them too!

    Thanks,
    Jonna

  26. March 15, 2010 12:04 pm

    Jennifer, Thanks to both you and your hubby for reading. Perhaps I’ll try Mark’s pancakes next weekend. πŸ™‚

  27. March 15, 2010 12:08 pm

    definitely raw cocoa nibs. What a great giveaway! thanks. I too love chocolate for breakfast…the breakfast of champions:)

  28. March 15, 2010 12:09 pm

    For me it would be all about the nibs..

  29. March 15, 2010 12:10 pm

    oh my word…’scuse me while i clean up my desk from drooling over chocolate! i’ll take the Ulimana Dark Chocolate Truffles, please and thank you πŸ™‚

  30. Sarah permalink
    March 15, 2010 12:33 pm

    As much as I love raw cacao nibs I’d have to go for the Love Street Maple Crystal chocolate bars, they sound so so YUM!

  31. March 15, 2010 12:42 pm

    I would absolutely love to try the Raw Cacao Nibs! I’ve heard so much about them and their health benefits. Not to mention, my mother is quite the chocoholic and it would be great to replace these instead of her usual sweetened dark chocolate. πŸ˜›

  32. March 15, 2010 1:16 pm

    I’d love to try the ulimana raw truffles….yum!

  33. March 15, 2010 1:18 pm

    I start my day with chocolate everyday! πŸ™‚ Usually in the form of some chocolate chips or protein smoothies!

  34. March 15, 2010 1:20 pm

    I’m all stocked up on nibs, so I’m going to have to say the Love Street Raw Maple Crystal Chocolate Bars. How delicious does that sound?

  35. March 15, 2010 1:22 pm

    oooh raw truffles please!!!!

  36. Holly permalink
    March 15, 2010 1:22 pm

    Navitas Nibs! I’m already dreaming of what I could do with those!!

  37. March 15, 2010 1:22 pm

    So fun! Definitely Uli Mana’s truffs are my fave!

  38. March 15, 2010 1:23 pm

    I have to go with the Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs! I put these in smoothies and savory dishes, soups and chili! They are amazing!

  39. stacey permalink
    March 15, 2010 1:24 pm

    The maple chocolate bars sound interesting.

  40. Hailey permalink
    March 15, 2010 1:28 pm

    I would totally get the raw truffles! I always see them in the store but since I’m a broke college student i don’t want to shell out 15 bucks for them. I would love to try them!

  41. March 15, 2010 1:31 pm

    I’d love to try the raw truffles!

  42. March 15, 2010 1:33 pm

    Wow, homemade cocoa powder?! You and I are definitely on the same wavelength because I adore dark chocolate cocoa powder and use lots every weekend. Naturally I would love the navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs because of my chocolatey obsession. Perhaps I would then be able to try your love hot cocoa? πŸ˜‰

    I love the color of your smoothie… pinkish, almost? Ah well, it’s pretty and I bet it was delicious, too.

    Have a lovely day!
    xox

  43. sammi permalink
    March 15, 2010 1:33 pm

    I’d love to try the nibs! I’ll take anything dark chocolate though…

  44. March 15, 2010 1:34 pm

    I would love to try the Ulimana raw truffles, especially when I saw that the peppermint may raise my energy, which I’ve been really needing lately!

  45. March 15, 2010 1:38 pm

    Hands down the raw truffles! mmmm drooling now!

    I just picked up some cocoa powder at the grocery store and im thinking of making some chocolate pancakes this weekend!! With coconut butter…heaven!

  46. Christin L. permalink
    March 15, 2010 1:44 pm

    The Nibbbbbs man!! Love those things!

  47. Gina G permalink
    March 15, 2010 1:45 pm

    Navitas natural organic raw cocoa nibs forsure! all of it looks delicious, but i have been dyin to try some cocoa nibs =)

  48. March 15, 2010 1:45 pm

    I’m always afraid to start my day with chocolate – if I do, I don’t know if I’ll be able to control the cravings!!

    The UliMana truffles look insanely delish.

  49. March 15, 2010 1:46 pm

    Yum…chocolate for breakfast…yes please!

  50. kim permalink
    March 15, 2010 1:47 pm

    Raw truffles for sure– I just bought cacao nibs for the first time and I’m hooked.

  51. March 15, 2010 1:50 pm

    Not this morning, but the last two mornings I had a chocolate (green) breakfast shake. Today’s was berry. Always with a banana of course!

    I would have to go for those Love Street Chocolate Bars!

  52. March 15, 2010 1:52 pm

    Raw truffles sound amazing!

  53. Olga permalink
    March 15, 2010 1:56 pm

    I would pick the raw cacao nibs. I recently started cooking and am curious about raw foods!

  54. March 15, 2010 1:58 pm

    I’d love to try the ulimana raw ocolate truffles!! πŸ™‚ MMmmmm!! πŸ™‚

  55. runningmind permalink
    March 15, 2010 1:58 pm

    That’s too easy–I would for sure try the cacao nibs:)

  56. Katheryn permalink
    March 15, 2010 2:00 pm

    The raw truffles look divine!

  57. March 15, 2010 2:05 pm

    raw trufflessss! oh yesssss

  58. March 15, 2010 2:06 pm

    I would love to try raw truffles!!

  59. Kellie permalink
    March 15, 2010 2:11 pm

    The nibs. I almost bought them yesterday, but had already spent way too much to buy anything else. If I win, it would be those nibs I had to pass up.

  60. March 15, 2010 2:13 pm

    I might need some nibs!

  61. March 15, 2010 2:19 pm

    Mmmmm Gnosis truffles πŸ™‚ Definitely Gnosis truffles!

  62. Teresa permalink
    March 15, 2010 2:28 pm

    Definitely the Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs.
    I can’t find them locally and haven’t had the nerve to get a whole bag on line…

  63. Jesi permalink
    March 15, 2010 2:28 pm

    Raw truffles?! Yes please!

  64. March 15, 2010 2:29 pm

    I love chocolate. I have a giveaway on now if u want to submit an entry.

  65. Stephanie permalink
    March 15, 2010 2:34 pm

    I want the nibs. I’m a control freak, maybe, because I don’t like packages with more than one ingredient. I guess I really like “ingredients!” There’s way more opportunity for experimentation and kitchen-time that way. Though, umm, I would never turn down chocolate in any form…

    I didn’t have chocolate this morning but I had coffee with sugar in it instead of my regular stevia. I’m not sure what I was thinking…it was in the house thanks to someone’s birthday cake requests and now, hours after having half a cup I’m still bouncy/funny feeling. *sigh*

  66. molly b permalink
    March 15, 2010 2:37 pm

    I think I would want the Love Street bars!

  67. March 15, 2010 2:38 pm

    I’d love the chocolate bars! πŸ˜€

    And that peppermint chocolate tea made with almond milk looks and sounds DIVINE!!!!

  68. March 15, 2010 2:50 pm

    The raw truffles sound really interesting!

  69. lisa permalink
    March 15, 2010 3:00 pm

    Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs look delish

  70. March 15, 2010 3:01 pm

    The truffles fo shiz!!!!!

    Love Ya,
    Justine

  71. hungryhoneybee permalink
    March 15, 2010 3:02 pm

    Mmm. I would definitely go for the Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs!

  72. March 15, 2010 3:07 pm

    The nibs or the chocolate bars – love the fact that the bars are raw.

  73. March 15, 2010 3:11 pm

    um, i would TOTALLY pick the maple crystal chocolate bar. it sounds incredible

  74. March 15, 2010 3:16 pm

    oh the cocoa nibs for sure!

  75. Ashlei permalink
    March 15, 2010 3:17 pm

    Uli Mana truffles!!

  76. March 15, 2010 3:19 pm

    I make peppermint tea the same way (great minds think alike). I started doing it last winter and drank it throughout the hot summer months too!

    I’d love to try either the nibs or the single origin chocolate bars. or really anything chocolate. I don’t discriminate! πŸ˜€

  77. March 15, 2010 3:20 pm

    Since I’ve never tried the nibs, that’s what I’d choose. And yes, yesterday I had some chocolate as a sort of post-breakfast dessert! Nothing like some good old unsweetened baking chocolate.

  78. March 15, 2010 3:25 pm

    I would love to try raw truffles…yum!

  79. March 15, 2010 3:29 pm

    i’d love to try the raw chocolate nibs – seems like you could add them to so many things πŸ™‚

  80. MaryZ permalink
    March 15, 2010 3:33 pm

    I would love to try the Raw Chocolate Nibs. It all looks so yummy!

  81. Ellen permalink
    March 15, 2010 3:58 pm

    i’d love to try the Navita’s Nibs. they seem really versatile, and i’ve never tried them before!

  82. Lisa permalink
    March 15, 2010 4:04 pm

    I’d like to try the raw truffles….I’m too scared to try the raw cacao nibs hahaha

  83. Carlyn permalink
    March 15, 2010 4:06 pm

    cacao nibs for sure! love the stuff but its kind-of hard to find:/

  84. March 15, 2010 4:12 pm

    I’d love to experiment with their Love Street Original Maple Crystal Chocolate Bar. Thanks!

  85. Kelly permalink
    March 15, 2010 4:14 pm

    I believe I would treat myself to the Gnosis raw truffles, they look so delish! =)

  86. March 15, 2010 4:21 pm

    love putting carob/cocoa powder in peppermint tea! that is so delicious, and your shake sounds and looks so delicious and so healthy!
    the raw truffles sound amazing!

    xx
    eliza

  87. Danielle permalink
    March 15, 2010 4:28 pm

    I would also get the nibs!
    Since you have raw cacao beans…could you make homemade chocolate?!

  88. March 15, 2010 4:31 pm

    Danielle, Yes, and I did. T’was yummy.

  89. frompartytohearty permalink
    March 15, 2010 4:38 pm

    Hey, I have been reading your blog for some time, but I decided to finally enter the blogging world and start my own. I hope you don’t mind me adding you to my blog roll because your blog is awesome!

    I would go for the raw peppermint truffles although I would eat anything from there! Thanks,
    -Clay

  90. Lisa permalink
    March 15, 2010 4:44 pm

    I would try the Askinosie Single Origin Box

  91. juli permalink
    March 15, 2010 4:46 pm

    I would go for the cocoa nibs. They are great on top of whipped banana oatbran with almond butter and goji berries.

  92. March 15, 2010 4:47 pm

    I love learning more things we have in common πŸ™‚

    I start off every day with a piece of chocolate. Recently it has been Macasure (I think that’s the name) – it has maca in it.

    I got into the habit when I started taking chocolate calcium things (adora disks). Those are good but real chocolate is better.

    I want to win the raw chocolate nibs.

  93. March 15, 2010 4:48 pm

    Askinosie isn’t all-raw, but their chocolate is absolutely incredible!! It is considered local to the area where I go to school and I am obsessed with it, and apparently people all over the world (e.g., chocolate connoisseurs!) are taking notice!!
    So Askinosie’s single-origin chocolates would be my first choice, but Ulimana is a brand I’ve always wanted to try so that would rank 2nd place!!! Yum I ❀ chocolate. It is a food I would never give up.

  94. Emily GG permalink
    March 15, 2010 5:07 pm

    I would love to try Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs!

  95. March 15, 2010 5:12 pm

    i’d just like to keep it simple and go for the raw chocolate nibs! and i like your mug πŸ™‚

  96. March 15, 2010 5:19 pm

    Definitely the dark chocolate truffles. Btw, what’s your favorite green monster recipe? I paid $5 for a 16oz the other day. It was expensive, but felt real good after drinking it.

  97. March 15, 2010 5:21 pm

    Kim, My favorite green smoothie is 1.5 cups coconut water (plain), 1 small avocado, 2 mini-cucumbers, 2 handfuls of spinach, 4 to 5 ice-cubes, cinnamon, maca, and vanilla blended and then topped with more cinnamon and either unsweetened coconut or raw macadamia nuts. πŸ™‚

  98. Emily Johnson permalink
    March 15, 2010 5:24 pm

    I’d go nibs for sure.

  99. Lia permalink
    March 15, 2010 5:29 pm

    It’s so hard to choose among chocolates! If I absolutely had to, though, I’d probably go for the Askinosie Single Origin Box. The variety of darks sounds so appealing!

  100. March 15, 2010 5:56 pm

    Okay, i MUST try your version of hot, chocolate-y mint tea!!! That sounds so simple and amazing πŸ™‚

  101. fortheloveofadventure permalink
    March 15, 2010 5:59 pm

    The coconut cacao bars look amazing! I would get the cacao nibs just for the sake of that recipe! πŸ™‚

  102. March 15, 2010 5:59 pm

    mmm the Uli Mana Truffles look great!!

  103. March 15, 2010 6:05 pm

    I’d definitely have to try the raw truffles. They are pretty intriguing!
    (also, your smoothie looks delicious)

  104. maren permalink
    March 15, 2010 6:07 pm

    yum! the Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs sound delicious!!!!!

  105. March 15, 2010 6:07 pm

    I want to try the Ulimana products!

  106. Megan permalink
    March 15, 2010 6:09 pm

    I would go for the navitas naturals organic raw chocolate nibs! they sounds so yummy!!

  107. March 15, 2010 6:24 pm

    I use cocoa nibs in raw,raw chocolate chip cookie dough nut butter! I will send you some if I win! πŸ˜€

  108. March 15, 2010 6:26 pm

    Mae, Deal. πŸ™‚

  109. March 15, 2010 6:33 pm

    Some days I start my day with chocolate covered raisin protein powder oatmeal! I LOOVE it πŸ™‚

  110. Jen N. permalink
    March 15, 2010 6:49 pm

    I make almost an identical smoothie as the one you made, but I throw in a handful of kale or whatever greens I have on hand. Give it a try next time!!

  111. March 15, 2010 7:17 pm

    I’m going to vote for the Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Cacao Nibs. They seem like the most versatile option.

  112. March 15, 2010 7:21 pm

    I would love the nibs! I’ve been wanting to try them for a long time!!

  113. Brandi B. permalink
    March 15, 2010 7:30 pm

    I would love to try the “love street original maple crystal chocolate bars”–great treat to share with my little man:)

  114. March 15, 2010 7:31 pm

    oh truffles how i want you…..:)

  115. March 15, 2010 7:34 pm

    I’m a bitter gal (;) ) so I think I’d most love the Navitas Naturals Organic raw chocolate nibs! Mmmm

  116. Sandi permalink
    March 15, 2010 7:43 pm

    I like the looks of the Askinosie Single Origin Box πŸ™‚ Your smoothie looks fantastic too–I have GOT to try frozen banana in a smoothie some time.

  117. March 15, 2010 7:48 pm

    Love Street Original Maple Crystal Chocolate Bars! That combination sounds delightful : )

  118. March 15, 2010 7:58 pm

    i would definitely choose the nibs! they sound wonderful. πŸ™‚

  119. March 15, 2010 8:39 pm

    Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs!! I would put them in everything but I really would like to try them on my oatmeal! I current use milk chocolate chips… upgrade me please πŸ™‚

  120. nico permalink
    March 15, 2010 8:44 pm

    tee hee, looks like a few of your readers have been leaving comments on the snubbr site πŸ™‚
    as for me, i’d love to try the Askinosie single origin box!

  121. March 15, 2010 8:50 pm

    Nico, Oops – I just checked out Snubbr, and I think you’re right. Oh well, just means you have a better chance of winning as the winner has to comment on HEAB, NOT on Snubbr. πŸ™‚

  122. elaine permalink
    March 15, 2010 8:51 pm

    this is one delicious giveaway! i’d go for the gnosis truffles. fancy!

  123. jacobc permalink
    March 15, 2010 9:10 pm

    I bet those peppermint truffles would go great in hot chocolate!

  124. March 15, 2010 10:17 pm

    that smoothie DOES sound amazing!! love the coconut shred garnish on top too!!

    i would loveeeee sum raw truffles! πŸ™‚

    hugs to you!

  125. Denise permalink
    March 15, 2010 10:31 pm

    I would have to go with the Natural Maple Chocolate Bar! YUM

  126. Ashlee permalink
    March 15, 2010 10:44 pm

    I would love to have some of the Navitas Natural Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs. They could be used in so much!

  127. Michelle permalink
    March 16, 2010 12:35 am

    Both the gnosis truffles and the maple chocolate bars look amazing!

  128. March 16, 2010 12:36 am

    Oh wow, I forgot I had sent you those- I LOVE THEM! Sometimes I just eat them straight. So nummy!! Thanks for the shout. I need to buy more of them actually- I’m totally out. That smoothie looked really good and you don’t really need the gums that much with a frozen nanner involved!

    ❀

    D

  129. Alisha permalink
    March 16, 2010 1:56 am

    I’d like to try the navitas choco nibs! So many bloggers have those !

  130. Blair permalink
    March 16, 2010 2:15 am

    the UliMana Cacao Nib Raw Truffles sound delicious! I’d love to give them a try

  131. Abbie permalink
    March 16, 2010 5:50 am

    The raw cacao nibs for sure! They look really good, but are SO expensive at health food stores!

  132. melissa permalink
    March 16, 2010 6:16 am

    I have to say I would love the nibs and a little gnosis chocolate to tide me over until I made my own.

    Thanks for your blog. I wake up with a cup of tea and you before any yoga or running….you have become a habit!

  133. fitandfortysomething permalink
    March 16, 2010 6:57 am

    i started my day on friday with chocolate…I added vegan chips to my smoothie-it was great πŸ™‚

  134. March 16, 2010 7:22 am

    Melissa, So happy to hear that I’m part of your morning routine. πŸ™‚

  135. March 16, 2010 7:42 am

    i freakin LOVE your fluff mug!! I want one!!! deb is the BEST for sending you those!! they lok like coffee beans πŸ™‚ (BUt better!)

    Id love to try the nibs all the way!

  136. March 16, 2010 7:46 am

    Thanks Naomi, I got the Fluff mug from Peanut Butter & Co. in NYC several years ago. Love it too. πŸ™‚

  137. March 16, 2010 8:04 am

    What an awesome giveaway! I would love, love, love to try the Cacao Nibs. Mmm…

  138. WendyF permalink
    March 16, 2010 8:34 am

    Have always wanted to try cocao nibs. I think I’d snap me up some Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs !

  139. elise permalink
    March 16, 2010 8:45 am

    pretty much i want exactly what you have…raw organic cacao nibs!! i have been meaning to experiment with them for a while now. yummy!

  140. March 16, 2010 9:27 am

    Oooh, I would want the organic raw chocolate nibs! I know Deb loves her cacao nibs, so I want some tooo! πŸ™‚

  141. March 16, 2010 9:37 am

    It all sounds so yummy! Especially the maple crystal chocolate bar!

  142. March 16, 2010 9:50 am

    I would definitely buy the Ulimana Raw Truffles… YUM!

  143. March 16, 2010 10:12 am

    Ulimana baby!
    And I have a give away right now too going on for a Raw Food Cookbook from Snubbr!

    AND I linked you up about coconut yesterday…and my post was about Coconut Water!! And I didnt’ even know that you posted about it…OMG tooooooo ironic!!! Wow…..

    xoxo

  144. March 16, 2010 10:40 am

    I would love to try the nibs! I like the slight crunch πŸ™‚

  145. March 16, 2010 11:25 am

    Mmm I would try the Navitas Naturals. Never had cacao nibs!

  146. March 16, 2010 11:36 am

    I would pick the Gnosis Raw Truffles! They look amazing!

  147. Courtney permalink
    March 16, 2010 11:45 am

    The Ulimana truffles sound amazing!!

  148. Danielle permalink
    March 16, 2010 11:56 am

    The raw truffles look so pretty – and I bet they taste great!

  149. Jennifer R. permalink
    March 16, 2010 12:28 pm

    Oh, I love cacao nibs!
    When I was on Meghan Telpner’s retreat in St. Lucia, we went to a cocoa plantation — was VERY cool to see how the pod grows on the tree. And that the raw cacao beans are fermented and they do a “cocoa dance” on the beans. Check out Meghan’s video to fully understand what I’m talking about –http://meghantelpnerblog.com/2010/01/28/the-cocoa-dance/

  150. mama permalink
    March 16, 2010 1:00 pm

    ive got to go with the Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs like many others! Never tried any before!

  151. March 16, 2010 1:06 pm

    I’d go for the Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs -Your smoothie looks fabulous!!

  152. March 16, 2010 1:39 pm

    I would definitely buy the raw truffles!!!

  153. March 16, 2010 3:30 pm

    Thanks Jennifer. You know I love Meghan. πŸ™‚

  154. Laura E permalink
    March 16, 2010 3:49 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity! It’s a tough choice but I think I’d choose the Nativa Natural Raw Chocolate Nibs! Every blogger makes them sound so great so I think I’d love them too!

  155. Esther permalink
    March 16, 2010 3:58 pm

    raw chocolate nibs please!! yum

  156. abbynormally permalink
    March 16, 2010 4:11 pm

    OO! I would like the raw chocolate nibs!! πŸ™‚

  157. March 16, 2010 4:14 pm

    Mm maple crystal chocolate bar!

  158. March 16, 2010 4:56 pm

    ooh, those raw truffles look amazing, but the nibs also call my name πŸ˜‰

  159. Patty permalink
    March 16, 2010 4:59 pm

    Askinosie chocolate bars, they are right up my alley! Wish I had one right now.

  160. March 16, 2010 6:18 pm

    I’d love t try the raw truffles- they sound AMAZING!

  161. Jenn permalink
    March 16, 2010 6:19 pm

    The nibs!! Sounds awesome:)

  162. Jae permalink
    March 16, 2010 7:40 pm

    For sure the nibs πŸ™‚

  163. weightwatchersforone permalink
    March 16, 2010 7:42 pm

    I would go with the nibs because the truffles would be gone in no time πŸ˜‰

  164. March 16, 2010 8:18 pm

    Hi Heather!
    I had such a fun time reading your cocoa-y post. Today at Whole Foods I walked by some organic nibs and although I put them in my cart and was very excited about them, ended up having to put them back as they were ~pretty~ expensive considering my student budget. I’ve never tried them and so I think that I would definitely go for the Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs!! They look wonderful.
    Keep up the great writing!

  165. March 16, 2010 11:39 pm

    the raw cocao nibs! i have been meaning to buy them for a while but would love to win them from you!

  166. Shila permalink
    March 17, 2010 1:45 am

    Good to hear about your yummy adventures with cacao. The raw nibs look very tasty and would definitely be my top choice.

  167. Alyson permalink
    March 17, 2010 6:56 am

    The nibs for sure! I would then attempt to make the other treats that were listed on the website.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! A giant green smoothie is definitely in order.

  168. Kat permalink
    March 17, 2010 8:45 am

    I would definitely go for the Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs – they are so versatile!

  169. March 17, 2010 11:38 am

    I need some raw truffles!! Hope I win!

    xoxo
    Maggie

  170. Kaysie permalink
    March 17, 2010 1:07 pm

    CACAO POWER! Like Woman Power but waaay better!

  171. March 17, 2010 1:08 pm

    I didn’t know you could just grind cocoa beans and get powder. Makes sense though!
    I’d choose the Gnosis Raw Truffles. They look amazing!! Thanks for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  172. Kelli permalink
    March 17, 2010 2:47 pm

    I love putting cacoa nibs in smoothies. I put in 1 Tbsp. to make it smooth and chocolately, and then 1 Tbsp. at the end for just a few seconds so that I have something the chew on. I could never have enough.

  173. ikkinlala permalink
    March 17, 2010 3:34 pm

    May Canadians enter? I’d love to try the Askinosie Single Origin Box.

  174. March 17, 2010 3:37 pm

    Ikkinlala, I think you just did. πŸ™‚

  175. Colleen permalink
    March 18, 2010 8:42 am

    I would love to try the Ulimana Raw Truffles!

  176. March 18, 2010 9:14 am

    I would love to try some raw truffles!

  177. Stephen permalink
    March 18, 2010 9:22 am

    The Gnosis Raw Truffles look amazing. I really like that love is listed as an ingredient in each of the truffles, everything tastes better with love!

  178. Kristin permalink
    March 18, 2010 9:30 am

    I would try the Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs. I haven’t wanting to try them for awhile, but couldn’t bring myself to spend the money.

  179. Elizabeth Lybarger permalink
    March 18, 2010 9:33 am

    I love love love the organic raw chocolate nibs. I have versatile recipes for them too. I wish I could always have them on hand but they’re a bit pricey.
    Thanks HEAB for all your fantastic recipes!

  180. March 18, 2010 9:34 am

    sometimes, I do start the day with chocolate: I feed my boys chocolate oatmeal sweetened with xylitol or chocolate/banana kefir smoothie. I’m with you the banana makes it sweet enough.
    I would love to try a whole bag of the nibs..that might stretch my sharing muscle…

  181. Hanna M. permalink
    March 18, 2010 10:15 am

    I would definetely go for the Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs, because I can add them to stuff that I make myself.

  182. March 18, 2010 10:22 am

    I would love to try the Love Street Original Maple Crystal Chocolate Bars… YUM!

  183. courtney permalink
    March 18, 2010 10:32 am

    I’d have to try the Love Street Maple Crystal Chocolate bars… my mouth is actually watering RIGHT NOW!!! Thanks for the opportunity!

  184. March 18, 2010 10:49 am

    Oh my gosh! So amazing! I would have to try Navitas natural organic raw cocoa nibs! *fingers crossed!*

  185. March 18, 2010 12:03 pm

    The Gnosis Raw Truffles look delicious!

  186. Kaitlin permalink
    March 18, 2010 4:21 pm

    After reading about Chocolate Nibs on all of these bloggers’ websites (usually co-featured with oats!), I am absolutely dying to try Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs.

    I read your blog daily and look forward to it all morning until I get to it! Thanks for breaking up my day a little bit. πŸ™‚

  187. March 18, 2010 5:29 pm

    Kaitlin, Thanks for reading everyday. πŸ™‚

  188. Stephanie T permalink
    March 18, 2010 11:44 pm

    The Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs, for sure but the truffles look to die for as well!!

  189. Julia permalink
    March 19, 2010 12:03 pm

    I would love to try the Navitas Naturals raw cacao nibs, or even better the powder. Meghan Telpner raves about this brand and I don’t own a Vitamix yet, so powder would work so much better for me. Smoothies and hot chocolate are my fav desserts, so I really hope I win. (plus I”m turning 40 in two weeks and would love a cool pressy like this!!)

  190. Neena permalink
    March 19, 2010 8:41 pm

    I would love to try the Love Street Original Maple Crystal Chocolate Bar!

  191. March 20, 2010 2:03 pm

    i would DANCE for those nibs! college students cannot affort such things πŸ˜‰
    great giveaway!
    – rebekah

  192. Melissa permalink
    March 20, 2010 9:34 pm

    They all sound great, but the Gnosis Raw Truffles sound best to me!

  193. March 22, 2010 1:15 pm

    Hope I’m not too late to enter! Just got back from FL πŸ™‚ I’d love to try the Navitas Naturals Chocolate Nibs!

  194. pastorleanne permalink
    March 22, 2010 1:19 pm

    I am partial to truffles, so that’s what I am going to have to go with!!!

  195. sarah permalink
    March 22, 2010 1:30 pm

    NIBS!! I’ve never tried them, but this post totally sold me on them!

  196. March 22, 2010 1:35 pm

    The raw nibs I would love to try! Everything looks so good!

  197. Brooke permalink
    March 22, 2010 1:43 pm

    definitely the cacao nibs! always wanted to try them in a smoothie.

  198. Ashley permalink
    March 22, 2010 2:00 pm

    I would try the nibs- it makes such a great topping on foods like oatmeal or homemade fro-yo!

  199. Jen B permalink
    March 22, 2010 2:04 pm

    I would try the nibs for sure – I’ve been dying to know what they taste like!

  200. March 22, 2010 2:25 pm

    ohhh man I need some Ulimana Raw Truffles. I have been obsessing over DQ’s midnight truffle blizzard lately, this would be a great time to “try” to make a healthier version. Maybe some frozen yogurt instaed of ice cream, but HAVE to have pieces of truffles in it for sure. πŸ˜‰

  201. Lika permalink
    March 22, 2010 2:40 pm

    I would love to have the truffles πŸ™‚

  202. Laura permalink
    March 22, 2010 2:44 pm

    i would go with the raw truffles! yumm

  203. Brooke permalink
    March 22, 2010 2:59 pm

    yumm…. I would get the love street bars! I have been DYING to try them!

  204. Kristen permalink
    March 22, 2010 3:42 pm

    I would love to try the Nativas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs!! It would be a nice addition to sprinkle on my oatmeal and yogurt!!: )

  205. Jennifer Trigo permalink
    March 22, 2010 3:43 pm

    I believe the Raw Nibs are my choice. I always want to top everything with chocolate and have been wanting to try them out. Maybe I’ll get lucky and win this as a bday present!:P That would be sweeet…or should I say…chocolatey?:P

  206. March 22, 2010 4:11 pm

    Sounds good. I’d get the Love Street Original Maple Crystal Chocolate Bar.

  207. Holly permalink
    March 22, 2010 4:23 pm

    Those Nibs look mighty tantalizing!

  208. embellishboston permalink
    March 22, 2010 5:00 pm

    Gnosis raw truffles!!!

  209. Lauren Christine. permalink
    March 22, 2010 5:05 pm

    i’d love to try the Love Street Original Maple Crystal Chocolate Bar, it looks yummy! just like everything you post!!

  210. March 22, 2010 5:05 pm

    Gosh, I will eat any kind of chocolate!

  211. March 22, 2010 5:05 pm

    Wow! How did I miss this?? I would choose the Askinosie Single Origin Box.

  212. Emily permalink
    March 22, 2010 5:06 pm

    I think I would try the Love Street Original Maple Crystal Chocolate Bars! Yum!

  213. Jessica permalink
    March 22, 2010 5:09 pm

    I would choose Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs, because my trainer uses them and says they are wicked good!

  214. March 22, 2010 5:21 pm

    I would be compelled to try the Ulimani Raw Truffles. I am a huge fan of dark chocolate, and those look amazing!

  215. jvegegirl permalink
    March 22, 2010 5:25 pm

    raw cacao nibs! yum!

  216. March 22, 2010 5:55 pm

    Nibs definitely! Love my morning green smoothies and they would be a perfect addition!

  217. Natalie R. permalink
    March 22, 2010 6:22 pm

    I would try the Gnosis Truffles πŸ™‚
    zatalie@gmail.com

  218. Sabrina permalink
    March 22, 2010 6:24 pm

    I’d go for the Nibs! They are so convenient and tasty πŸ™‚

  219. Marie permalink
    March 22, 2010 6:35 pm

    Definitely the Gnosis Raw Truffles!

  220. Jess M permalink
    March 22, 2010 7:12 pm

    I’d love to try the raw truffles! Mmm…..chocolate….. πŸ™‚

  221. Lauren permalink
    March 22, 2010 7:19 pm

    the ulimate raw truffles for sure!!

  222. Kristen permalink
    March 22, 2010 7:20 pm

    Cocoa Nibs! Oh the places I could go with them!!

  223. Steve permalink
    March 22, 2010 7:33 pm

    I would definitely get the Askinosie Single Origin Box. Dark chocolate bars are the best.

  224. sals permalink
    March 22, 2010 7:51 pm

    raw truffles? sounds amazing!

  225. March 22, 2010 8:17 pm

    Definitely the Nibs! Yum!!

  226. March 22, 2010 8:55 pm

    I’m thinking the ulimana raw truffles look amazing – I would love to try them!

    Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  227. March 22, 2010 9:05 pm

    Mmmm….. I think the Gnosis Raw Truffles looks devine…. YUM…. Loving your site Heather!!

  228. March 22, 2010 9:18 pm

    I would love to try the Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs. I think they would be great to sprinkle over oatmeal or have on peanut butter toast.

  229. Emily permalink
    March 22, 2010 9:26 pm

    Hmmm the cocoa nibs!!! yum

  230. PeonyJen permalink
    March 22, 2010 9:26 pm

    Navitas Raw Chocolate Nibs.
    I’ve used a couple other Navita products in the past, and trust that brand.
    Mama likes to pop her chocolate.

  231. Lisa Torres permalink
    March 22, 2010 9:33 pm

    I have been wanting to try the cocoa nibs!!!
    Thanks for all the great recipes. I have been experimenting with Almond butter, Tahini, Kabocha squash, and coconut butter because of your yummy blog…thanks so much.. I found your blog because of Elana’s…. I am so thankful for her blog too…since I am a gluten free girl!! So many great recipes so little time…LOL!! Keep them coming…
    thanks…

  232. Jackie permalink
    March 22, 2010 9:48 pm

    I would love to try the raw chocolate bars by Love Street!

  233. March 22, 2010 9:50 pm

    I would love to try the raw chocolate nibs!

  234. Jessica permalink
    March 22, 2010 9:53 pm

    I want me some Gnosis truffles:) I’m a dairy free girl and DF chocolate that is good is hard to come by!

  235. March 23, 2010 2:37 am

    Raw chocolate giveaway?? I’m in!
    I don’t use dairy or processed sugar and it’s almost impossible to buy that good stuff here. I’d like anything πŸ˜€

  236. balancejoyanddelicias permalink
    March 23, 2010 4:26 am

    I’d pick Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Cacao Nibs, seems very easy to play with πŸ˜‰

  237. Susan permalink
    March 23, 2010 8:48 am

    Mmm those raw truffles looks amazing!

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