Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Simple Super Snack: Cacao-Yacon

I discovered yacon syrup when researching my upcoming booklet on Natural and Healthy Sweeteners (to be published Spring 2009 by Woodland Press). And boy, is it ever good!

Made from the starchy root of the yacon plant, a sunflower relative native to regions of the South American Andes, yacon syrup is low glycemic, low calorie and prebiotic as well as delicious. The taste evokes a light, fruity molasses - tangy and delightful.

Yacon and cacao are a match made in Mayan heaven. True, both are on the pricey side, but if you only eat a little at a time, the cost per serving remains low and your supply will last a while. Here's my new favorite quick snack and natural mood elevator using these two superfood treats.

Cacao-Yacon Bowl
Put a handful of whole raw cacao beans, say 6 - 12 beans, in a little dish. Stir in a teaspoon of yacon syrup to coat. Then, eat the sweetly glistening beans one by one, preferably while thinking about mist rising over the ruins at Machu Picchu.

You can find whole raw cacao beans at many Whole Foods stores, your local health food store (if you're lucky) or online. I got my latest bag at Matt Monarch's for a great price.



glutenfreeforgood said...

Very interesting! I've never heard of yacon syrup before. Can't wait to know more about it. I'll have to purchase your new book! Looking forward to it.

In the meantime, I'll search out some yacon syrup. And raw cacao beans. Yum!


Thalia said...

Thank you so much for your generosity of spirit and knowledge. You give practical, personal, heartfelt, health-affirming counsel and information - and recipes that I look forward to exploring (especially the Ginger Green Juice, Raw Pumpkin Pie, and Raw Fudge).
You're a joy and and inspiration!


eat2evolve said...

Melissa - Fun! Let me know how you like the yacon! It really is a special tasting treat. I also bought some dried sliced yacon just to see what it's like - pretty interesting: a tangy dried fruit experience, but from a root! (The fact that it is a root and not a fruit also makes sliced yacon a good follow-up to a starch meal, if you're into food combining...)

Thalia - Thank you so much for your kind words! May you enjoy the fruits of radiant health as you explore the ideas and recipes shared in these posts.

:-) Diana