You know how three-piece rock bands just sound "cleaner" when they're jamming? How a three-piece suit is elegant and complicated at the same time? How a tripod is the most stable standing configuration on the planet? New from Rawmio, this Sour Cherry and Almond Bark has joined the lineup with the power of three to back it up: deep dark and sweet chocolate plus tart cherries plus crunchy almonds, all having a party on your palate. ~
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
Three excellent ingredients make for a whole lot of deliciousness! Rawmio's Sour Cherry and Almond Bark is an irrisistible trifecta of chewy sour cherries, crispy sprouted almonds, and raw stone ground chocolate. Compared to some of Rawmio's other barks, this one seems simple at first, but the interplay of the three main ingredients is a perfect little symphony.
You will want to savor every morsel of this bark, but it will be gone before you know it. But it will be okay, because you will have just consumed something awesome for your body and mind and soul. The Willy Wonkas at Rawmio are breaking new ground with raw stone-ground chocolate and amazing superfoods; this is a very special chocolate bar that will expand your palate and your sense of what chocolate can become, when lavished with the right sort of care and attention.
This bar takes Rawmio's own legacy of complex barks and simplifies to the essentials - chocolate, nuts, fruit. A light sprinkling of sweet cacao nibs adds even more texture and flavor and nutritional oomph.
All Rawmio is handcrafted batch by batch, and ground using ancient granite stone grinding methods. Only a subtle warmth is produced by the grinders, preserving and activating nutrients, and producing an epic creamy consistency and full, rich cacao flavor.
Here are some beautiful images of these beautiful bars being created:
Why this chocolate bar is so good for you
The Rawmio Chocolate Bark is packed with so much healthy goodness that it’s hard to know where to start. From raw cacao, to crunchy sprouted almonds and tart cherries, this bar is a symphony of amazing tastes and textures. Here are some of the highlights
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 wellbeing) 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%, lowers blood sugar and reduce 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 the 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.
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.
Tart cherries deliver one of nature’s most potent classes of flavonoids: anthocyanins. These powerhouse nutrients are responsible for the deep colors in some berries, fruits, and vegetables, and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. Tart cherries also provide high levels of some novel anthocyanins that are absent from a number of other anthocyanin-rich foods, such as blueberries or bilberries! In fact, tart cherries were shown to contain much higher amounts of total phenolics than their nutritious cousins, sweet cherries. Tart cherries were ranked 14th among the top 50 foods for highest antioxidant content per serving—surpassing such well-known antioxidant sources as red wine and dark chocolate.
The range of biochemical activity revealed by researchers was diverse. Here’s a partial sampling: bioactive compounds found in tart cherries beneficially inhibit certain enzymes while boosting others, switch-on cancer defenses, down-regulate glucose, and enhance primary antioxidants.
Why you should eat raw cacao instead of cooked
First, just to clarify, “raw” chocolate has actually been fermented, which is a very good thing nutritionally. Fermentation makes foods a lot more digestible, activating compounds that you want to be eating, and neutralizing those you don’t. So all so-called raw chocolate is actually fermented. No, it doesn’t have a funky taste like kimchi or sauerkraut, but you can definitely taste a tangy tannic quality in good dark chocolate, not dissimilar from wine.
The benefits of raw chocolate (compared to cooked) include: much higher levels of antioxidants (oligomeric procynanidins, resveratrol and the polyphenols: catechin and epicatechin) as well as the preservation of vitamin C, phenethylamine (PEA, the feel-good neurotransmitter responsible for the feeling of love), Omega 6 fatty acids (which when heated become rancid and cause inflammation), tryptophan (a commonly deficient amino acid in those who consume a diet of mostly cooked food) and serotonin (a neurotransmitter that makes us feel goooood.)
Why you should eat chocolate 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 wellbeing 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 Is Rawmio chocolate 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. Rawmio chocolate never reaches temperatures over 75-85 degrees during grinding.
Only the finest selection of raw and organic ingredients are used in Rawmio stone-ground chocolate bars. 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” deep dark rich smooth chocolate that still maintains all of its nutritional integrity is something that Rawmio takes great pride in.
Check out Rawmio/Dastony’s stone-grinding process. Smooooooooth!
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 cacao nibs is 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.
Why soaked and sprouted?
Soaking and sprouting are ancient techniques, developed by our wise ancestors to make certain foods, like nuts, seeds and grains, more nutritious and easier to digest. These foods evolved chemical defense mechanisms to protect themselves until the proper growing conditions came about — enough moisture to help them burgeon into sprouts. Most nuts, seeds, and grains simply aren’t easily digested unless they’re soaked for a while, to awaken the mechanisms that say, “Hey, time to sprout!” and unleash an amazing series of biochemical transformations. The soaking and sprouting process brings natural resting enzymes to life, increasing bioavailable nutrients. Increased nutrients and live enzymes aid digestion and strengthen the body’s natural healing process, increasing vital energy and wellness. The soaking and sprouting process also minimizes or eliminates nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances such as enzyme inhibitors, phytates (phytic acid), polyphenols (tannins), and goitrogens. We recommend soaking and sprouting any nuts, seeds and grains that you plan to eat (unless someone else has already done it for you). The soak/sprout/dehydration process takes a bit of planning ahead (and a dehydrator), but it’s well worth it for the health benefits it confers. It also makes nuts and seeds taste amazing — extra-buttery and satisfyingly crispy-crunchy.