We can blame our mothers—or our grandmothers, or whoever in our family was the cookie baker—for our love of cookie dough. Tempting, delicious, just a bit naughty with those raw eggs and wheat flour, cookie dough is the stuff of guilty pleasure dreams. Even today as grown adults with our very own food budget, grocery stores lure us with refrigerated sugary dough that likely won't make the transition to actual cookie if we're being honest with ourselves. That's where Rawmio steps in to lend a healthy hand. Raw almond butter? Check. Raw cacao? Check. Coconut sugar? Check. That is the base for this spoonable delight, good enough to not just replace any cookie dough in your life but show you a little sliver of heaven on a spoon.
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
There are foods and recipes and products that fit within certain dietary restraints, like vegan or raw or gluten-free, that we all consume with the caveat of "this is good . . . for a vegan (or raw, or gluten-free) food". I don't know too many folks who swear that gluten-free pizza is like the real deal, because it really isn't. Luckily, nut butters are a bit more forgiving because they are ground up nuts with or without extra flavorings. Kind of simple, and that's why this Rawmio cookie dough butter is one of the best tasting things I've ever eaten, period.
Everything worth loving about Rawmio - organic, raw, delicious ingredients - meets up delightfully in this spread that has only the ingredients it needs and nothing more. Perhaps it's the love that goes into the slow stone grinding process or the choice of great ingredients, but I feel a bit of a glow when my spoon finishes its journey from hand to jar to mouth, sweet payload on board. Is it the maca? Perhaps this adaptogenic herb just increases my affection for each bite, but honestly I think it is just the alchemical combination of everything from salt to vanilla to almonds to cacao nibs. Each item works together to make this treat a spoonable delight.
Nut butters can be tricky waters to navigate for those of us with snacking habits. Entire containers can disappear all too quickly, especially when we are dealing with something industrially engineered to be addictive like name-brand peanut butter. Thankfully, Rawmio gives us this spread in a compact little jar and makes the contents so unbelievably rich that even nut butter snackers like me can have a few spoonfuls and say, "whew. enough. happy now." That's pure genius, in my opinion. You'll think so, too.
Why this cookie dough butter is so good for you
Rawmio Organic Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is packed with oodles of delicious goodness, starting with the primary ingredient - organic raw almonds. Here are some of the highlights for the whole recipe.
Raw nuts have not been subjected to roasting temperatures, which can alter their delicate fats and destroy other healthy compounds.
Almonds are naturally delicious and extremely nourishing. Healthy fats, fiber, antioxidants, calcium, zinc, selenium, copper, magnesium, manganese, tryptophan and vitamin E are just a handful of the key nutrients that make almonds so nutritious. Almonds are so nutritious — their list of benefits reads like a patent medicine bottle. They’re full of health-giving fats, like oleic acid and linoleic acid, powerful antioxidants that can protect against many forms of cancer (oleic acid can protect women against breast cancer specifically), and can also significantly lower the amount of LDL in your blood, and reduce your risk for heart disease. Almonds can effectively improve your complexion, slow down your aging process, help improve your blood profile by reducing your LDL, build a strong immune system, prevent the onset of high blood pressure and protect you from other diseases like ADHD, asthma and osteoporosis. They can also help speed up your metabolism, and work well in weight control. A wonderful natural sweetness and impressive variety of nutrients makes almonds one of nature’s most perfect foods.
Raw cacao is one of the most phytochemically complex foods on earth. Many of its constituents have yet to even be discovered! We could write a dissertation on the health benefits of raw cacao, but here’s enough to whet your appetite:
Here are just a few compounds found in raw cacao beans: neurotransmitter anandamide (the "bliss" chemical), neurotransmitter phenethylamine (also known as PEA, the "love molecule"), neurotransmitter serotonin (a brain chemical that acts to shield against stress, increasing one's sense of well-being) neurotransmitter dopamine (increases one's sense of pleasure and elevates the mood), phytochemical coumarin (suppresses appetite, and also has anti-tumor properties and helps with blood circulation) enzyme asparaginase (a special enzyme with anti-cancer properties) ergosterol (a necessary chemical for Vitamin D assimilation), and sitosterol (helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels). Amazing!
Certain flavonols found in cacao have been shown to help relax blood vessels for lowered blood pressure and less strain on the heart
One ounce of raw cacao provides 314% RDA of iron, lowers blood sugar by reducing insulin by 50%, reduces risk of heart attack or stroke by 40%, reduces anxiety by lowering cortisol levels.
Raw cacao is one of the richest sources of magnesium on the planet! Many people these days are deficient in this integral mineral. In fact in the last century, magnesium consumption has decreased by as much as 50% in our modern diets, and it's estimated that 80% of the population may be deficient. Lack of magnesium plays a role in many conditions such as osteoporosis and weak bones/teeth, heart disease, migraines, muscle spasms, painful menstrual periods, and even diabetes. For every 100 grams of truly raw cacao, you will receive 550 mg of magnesium, which means 1 serving of raw cacao will get you very close to your recommended daily allowance!
Health benefits of chocolate when it is in the form of raw cacao beans, butter, nibs and/or powder include: weight loss (because of its high chromium and coumarin content), prevention of cavities (theobromine actually kills streptococci mutans one of the strains of bacteria that cause tooth decay) and regulation of blood sugar, which is beneficial for diabetes (chromium can naturally regulate blood sugar). Also, raw cacao benefits the heart and the entire cardiovascular system as a whole.
Maca is traditionally known to support hormone balance, and increase libido and energy (similar to ginseng and other adaptogenic foods). This amazing superfood comes from the hardy maca plant, which thrives high in the rugged Andes Mountains. Maca has been a traditional Peruvian health and vitality secret for thousands of years.
Coconut sugar is a low-glycemic sweetener that is rich in minerals and provides consistent energy via delayed glucose absorption and the nutritional boost of minerals.
Why you should eat your sweets with a low-glycemic sweetener like coconut sugar
Sugar has gotten a bad rap over the years for its effect on our blood sugar, hormonal system, and the overall inflammatory effects it can have within the body. Rawmio supports your health and well-being by using only coconut sugar to sweeten their products. This sweetener is made from crystalized Balinese coconut nectar harvested directly from the coconut blossom. Mildly sweet, very low glycemic, and caramel-like in flavor, these sugar crystals fuse perfectly with raw cacao nibs in the stone grinders, producing an ultra-silky texture.
The glycemic index of foods can play a huge role in your overall health. Here are 6 amazing benefits of stabilizing blood sugar levels through a low glycemic diet: a lower risk of heart disease, less overall inflammation, a lower risk of diabetes, less yeast or microbial imbalances within the body, easier weight management, and a more stable mental/emotional state. Rawmio gifts people the ability to experience epic chocolate treats AND an incredible level of health and vitality at the same time! All of their products are low glycemic and easy on the blood sugar, sweetened only with pure, organic coconut palm sugar.
Coconut sugar is also one of the healthiest and most sustainable sweeteners available. Tropical coconut palms require little water to thrive, and can actually restore damaged soils and regenerate ecosystems which help support wildlife.
Why are Rawmio’s nut butters so sublime?
They use an ancient method known as stone-grinding in the production of their products. Originally used for turning olives into luscious and delicious olive oil, stone-grinding applies pressure with powerful, perfectly smooth granite wheels. Although "old world" in its approach, it is revolutionary in terms of preserving and activating nutrients and flavor. This natural preservation is accomplished by maintaining a consistently low temperature throughout the entire process. Another unmatched result of stone-grinding is a silky smooth texture and mouthfeel that is truly beyond words.
Only the finest selection of raw and organic ingredients are used in Rawmio stone-ground nut and seed butters. Every batch is handcrafted and meticulously cared for during a process which takes 24-48 hours. The time and attention may seem excessive, but is well worth the results. A “beyond gourmet” silky-smooth nut/seed butter that still maintains all of its nutritional integrity is something that Rawmio takes great pride in. Check out Rawmio’s amazing stone-grinding process!
Why is stone grinding such a powerful process?
We've all witnessed the browning of an apple. When the fruit is cut or bruised, browning occurs because living cells are damaged and begin to oxidize. Now imagine the process used during the production of a typical nut butter — mastication with heavy-duty metal blades. This process literally shreds, tears and cuts repeatedly until the desired texture is achieved. Any living enzymes, viable nutrients, and 'life' would certainly dwindle.
RAW and LIVING are principles that Rawmio is truly passionate about. Like with anything living, the energy and vital compounds found in nuts and seeds are very delicate. Their method of stone grinding is the best way to preserve and cherish this life force. Large, flawless granite wheels slowly turn, 'grinding' the food until it is silky smooth. Temperatures well below 118 degrees are continuously maintained —another gauge for the preservation of raw and living. Not only are nutrients preserved in stone-grinding, but many vital nutrients and enzymes are actually activated and released during the stone grinding process.
How to eat (or drink) this nearly-overwhelming deliciousness
- This is my favorite, by far: right out of the jar, with spoon or fingers
- Drizzled on fruit or berries
- On (primal) toast, breads, crepes, or ice cream
- Atop any primal dessert
- In smoothies of any shape or size
About Rawmio/Dastony, in their own words
The inspiration for Rawmio came from a desire to share what we feel is the healthiest and by the far the smoothest nut and seed butters. We are a family owned company with uncompromising standards of purity, taste, and integrity. Our values are in place due to our deep understanding of the benefits that can be achieved through quality ingredients, and when it comes to taste, well, we work tirelessly in this respect. Our integrity is unwavering and our loyal customers and fans would testify to this.
We use only the highest quality, organic ingredients in the making of all of our Rawmio nut butters. We take it one step further by never adding any preservatives to our products. From farm to jar, Rawmio is always chemical free.
It is critical that the fats found in nuts and seeds are never heated to "cooked" above 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Doing so will transform highly sought after 'healthy fats' into avoid-at-all-costs 'bad fats'. Rawmio's unique process never subjects the ingredients to temperatures that exceed this threshold.
Fun facts about stone grinding
Stone grinders have been in use for over 2 million years from making olive oil to sesame paste. In ancient times people would use animals like elephants and mules to help push the large granite wheels.
The famed Dr. Gabriel Cousens, (of the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center) has found that when stone-grinding nuts and seeds, the energetic frequency actually goes up and enzymes are kept stable.