Of course, cacao would have to be our favourite super food. Known as the “food of the gods” and topping the list when it comes to phytochemical analysis, perhaps being the most chemically complex food on Earth.
We source our raw cacao from Big Tree Farms, who are based in Bali, Indonesia. The reason we use this cacao is because of its truly raw processing, the incredible flavour and their ethics when it comes to their community, the planet and business.
Have a look at their website to see how amazing these guys really are and check out their bamboo office building; one of the most sustainable office buildings in the world.
We are grateful to have such an incredible source of healing cacao and so happy to feel aligned with their ethos.
Big tree on raw cacao… “ We created the TRU RA line because we felt the raw food industry and the ingredients that were being promoted as “raw”, were not in fact Truly Raw™; in particular cacao/chocolate products. What is RAW? What is the definition of raw food? Many say it is food that is not heated above 118˚F/45˚C. We feel that each food’s properties are distinct unto itself and its nutrient degradation due to heat reacts uniquely. Many companies claim to be raw, yet without a legal definition of what raw is, companies are able to market the ingredients they use without any oversight. Until there is a regulatory arm that can certify "truly raw" we will continue to lead with transparency. ”
It is hard to know where to start with the coconut! Pacific Islanders consider coconut oil to be the cure for all illness, the coconut palm is so highly valued by them as both a food source and a medicine that it's called the "The Tree of Life". Their incidence of high cholesterol and heart disease is low. The important saturated fatty acid in the coconut is lauric acid. Lauric acid increases good-HDL cholesterol levels in the blood. There are four healing A's for which the coconut is also known, Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antifungal and Anti-parasitic.
Everyone has gone mad for coconut oil. In our home, in various rooms you can find this versatile ingredient being put to many uses. Unfortunately though, as with cacao, coffee, quinoa and many other other high demand products, the trade is not fair when it comes to producing them. We source our coconut products from Niulife who together with Koconut Pacific produce products that can only be described as some of the fairest being produced today.
“Kokonut Pacific Pty Ltd is a for-profit social enterprise. Our mission, inspired by the example of Jesus, is to raise the well-being of coconut communities through the production of premium grade virgin coconut oil and other coconut products. The Company’s vision is encapsulated in the motto, “Empowering and Bringing Hope.” In partnership with local communities we improve lives by building sustainable value chains and revitalising the smallholder coconut industry with appropriate technology.”
Check out this report put together by Landline, the popular TV program on the ABC. It highlights just how these companies are working together to help poor island communities in the Solomons.
We source both our honey and bee pollen from sustainable sources that do not take excess from the bees.
Both contain a wide array of vitamins, essential minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, enzymes and phytonutrients. Bee pollen is considered one of nature's most completely nourishing foods. It's used in Chinese medicine as an energy and nutritive tonic. Professional athletes have been known to use it for both strength and endurance.
Our honey is created within a meditation community where the bees actually get a daily dose of meditation! Their honey is prized for it’s medicinal qualities.
Our pollen is sourced in Western Australia where there is a high density of unique plant species that produce high quality pollens. These are harvested free of chemicals from pristine forests and conservation reserves.
Blueberries (certified organic)
Trust us, it's not easy to find organic unsweetened dehydrated blueberries. We searched far and wide and eventually found them !
Blueberries are best known for their whole body antioxidant support and high levels of phytonutrients. Studies suggest that this super berry has cardiovascular and cognitive benefits just to name a few.
EzyFlora is a fabulous blend of 11 Certified Organic 100% Raw wholefoods fermented with multiple strains of probiotic cultures. The natural fermentation process predigests the nutrients, making them very easily absorbed by the body even if digestion has been compromised.
Taking a probiotic supplement is one of the best things you can do for your body. The special microorganisms that we call beneficial bacteria dwell in your gut (intestinal tract) where they help maintain a healthful, balanced environment, that is critical for overall health.
We started making chocolate for one simple reason... we love chocolate ! We also love good health and being mindful that food is medicine. With this in mind we set about making the best chocolate possible for ourselves, with ingredients that will heal and nourish the body.
From there it grew naturally into making it for other people, particularly people that were attending a weekly meditation circle that we were apart of, in fact they were our guinea pigs ;) The singing bowls were used during our meditation practice. They were especially helpful to still the mind and relax the body, in essence they helped us to tune in.
Part of our process is to play the singing bowls to every batch of chocolate that we make. We do this to lovingly infuse these beautiful healing sounds into the chocolate using a principle similar to research conducted by Dr. Masaru Emoto. Dr. Emoto has used photography to illustrate how frequency effects water. His results are amazing and worthy of further research.
Whilst the distinct flavours and health-enhancing properties of our gorgeous Australian superfoods remain mysterious to most, their nutritional qualities far outweigh many of their better-known international counterparts. Most Australians have never even tasted bush foods. Yet to the Indigenous people of Australia, native fruits and seeds have served as a source of food and medicine for over 50,000 years, sustaining them through harsh, unpredictable Australian weather. In fact, the foods themselves had to adapt to survive. These adaptations have resulted in extraordinary, highly concentrated, nutritional compositions.
After years of research and development spearheaded by dietitian Hayley Blieden, the Australian Superfood Co has created a unique range of food products richly infused with Australian native bush food; a powerful, diverse and exciting superfood group, hugely undervalued by the Australian commercial food industry.
"The Australian Superfood Co aims to promote Indigenous culture and self-respect by raising awareness and appreciation of the sophistication of Aboriginal heritage and their wisdom relating to their land. ."
Check out their website for more information on bush foods and their amazing properties. Don’t forget to check out how they are giving back to community which is what we love the most, check out this video…
Erythritol (certified organic ) & Luo Han Guo Extract (grown using organic farming methods - chemical free)
These 2 ingredients are our super star sweeteners for our 7 sugar free bars. They are both zero GI and therefore diabetic friendly.
Erythritol is a low-calorie, zero GI sugar alcohol that is made from non GMO corn. It is naturally fermented, unlike some other sugar alcohols such as xylitol or sorbitol which are made by hydrogenation. It does not cause tooth decay like sugar does, is great for healing the gut and research now suggests that it has strong antioxidant activity.
Check out how Erythritol is made here... For some more info on it's properties and how it is the sweet antioxident, see the video below.
Luo Han Gao (as pictured) is zero GI and non-calorie. It is known as the "Longevity Fruit" in China. They have used it as a natural sweetener and healing remedy for many centuries. It is known to have a positive effect on blood glucose and is high in antioxidants. Studies have proven it's anti-carcinogenic effects and it is known to be used to reduce coughs and fevers.