I love creating raw food recipes that remind me of my rich Caribbean culture.Cocoa tea,the Caribbean’s version of hot chocolate is one of those special,made by hand recipes that take you back to a technology free world. A time were people made most of their food from scratch and quick and easy were terms you never associated with food.
Cacao Pods Photo Taken by The Lovely Pete Gibbons
Traditional cocoa tea is made from cocoa sticks which islanders make by roasting cocoa beans, grounding them into a powder, and then hand rolling them. Some people add spices like nutmeg and cinnamon during the grounding process. Saint Lucians were the ones who originated this drink, however they’re allot of different Caribbean versions.
I tried my best to replicate this comforting breakfast island favorite and I did a good job. What I liked about mine is that it’s rich and creamy and doesn’t have a grain of undissolved cacao bean lurking in it. “I dun we de long talk though,di raw food recipe can be found below, along with a Caribbean tall tale.”
Pineapple Man and Nutmeg Lady
Ah, yes, the “Island of Spice” called Grenada! Let me introduce to you two of its citizens; Pineapple Man and Nutmeg Lady.
Now Pineapple Man is very proud and boastful. He knows that he not only provides food but also a textile fiber called piña. He brags everyday to everyone he meets about his usefulness. You will hear him saying, “Girl, people use me for food, my bromelain for all sorts of medical uses, and my piña to make furniture, strong textiles, and a whole lot of other products! There is no other plant as versatile as me!”
As he was strolling down Grand Anse Beach in St. George one day; he could see a beautiful lady approaching him in the distance. She was adorned in a bright red lacy covering; and boy she smelled good! She introduced herself as Nutmeg Lady. A large crowd started to gather round to see them show off their talents.
Nutmeg lady said to Pineapple Man, “My seed is used as a spice and my aril called ‘mace’ is also used as a spice. But that’s not all; I produce essential oils, nutmeg butter, and oleoresins used for the manufacturing of many products.” Pineapple Man couldn’t believe his ears; Nutmeg Lady is as versatile as he!
Pineapple Man hung his head in disappointment and started to walk away, but Nutmeg Lady called out to him and said: “Since we are both versatile in our own rights, and we are compatible, can you imagine what we can accomplish together?”
His heart was happy again. Pineapple and Nutmeg, what a union!
Coco Tea A Raw Food Recipe Worth Remembering
- 1/3 cup of chocolate powder
- ½ cup hazelnuts or any nut of your choice
- 1/3 cup cashews
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ cup maple syrup or dates
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups water
- Blend until well combined.
- Strain the mixture with a nut milk bag or cheese cloth,then chill until cold or heat it for 5mins for a hot version.
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