You may be surprised at how easy it is to bake without flour. This delicious tart is an example of flourless baking that is appropriate for GAPS and Paleo.
Of course this is a treat for a holiday or other special occasion.
This recipe is not overly sweet and has some wonderful pasture raised eggs that provide total nutrition. Using organic, pure, unsweetened cacao powder and cacao butter adds to the nutrition of this treat.
Cacao beans are fermented to alleviate bitterness, and processed at low temperatures for maximum nutrient retention. Once extracted from the pods, the beans are rinsed with water. The whole beans are peeled and cold-pressed to form a paste. The fiber is then extracted, in order to separate the solids from the rich oil, or cacao butter.
The main component of cacao is, of course the saturated fat. It contain three fatty acids that are present in approximately equal proportions: stearic, palmitic and oleic acid. These long chain fatty acids have been found to actually lower the LDL levels in the blood. (However, I don’t worry about cholesterol blood levels.
Cacao contains polyphenols with antioxidant properties that have many health benefits. A study published in Chemistry Central Journal, in February 2011, showed that cacao and chocolate have higher oxygen radical absorption capacity values (ORAC), total polyphenol content (TP (mg/g)), and total flavanol content (TF (mg/g) than many other antioxidants, foods and powders that are touted as “superfoods.” I wouldn’t necessarily call it a superfood (we know that real superfoods are things like raw milk, fish roe and organ meats), but at least it is an antioxidant — that is important.
Cacao also contains trace amounts of essential minerals like magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E and pantothenic acid.
You can feel good about eating cacao as there are no sugars and the antioxidant value is high. This is soooo much better than eating a commercial chocolate, candy or dessert that contains chemical food additives, colors, sugars and HFCS. Enjoy this recipe guilt-free in moderation and when well tolerated!Print
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These recipes are suitable for Paleo, SCD, GAPS and all grain free eaters.