Cafe Gratitude has been on my health ‘bucket list’ for many years and was finally crossed off in 2015. I was even more grateful for this travel wellness destination considering that I had a little jet lag!
I simply adore everything about this cafe, even the fun ‘I AM’ menu made me smile. Each item is named with a positive adjective, such as VIBRANT, AWESOME or FABULOUS.
Every time I ordered my VIBRANT – matcha tea latte, I had to make an affirmation to the wait staff and say, “I am vibrant”. They would then repeat it back to me and say “You are vibrant”. To indulge in such positive energy when you order is a real treat for the soul and a welcomed energy boost after a 13 hour flight from Australia!
During this visit to LA, I made it one of my regular rituals to visit Cafe Gratitude and sample as many delights from the menu as possible. My ultimate favourite was the “I AM SURRENDERING” – the most decadent chocolate dessert which was the inspiration for this raw chocolate recipe. I couldn’t wait to come home and whip up my own version. Cafe Gratitude isn’t just a place to eat; it is a place to be. The meals are divine and the place is a philosophical phenomenon which really has to be experienced.
I AM EXCITED to return to this unique and special place again soon. Please enjoy this delicious treat and may it serve as a reminder to be grateful.
Raw Chocolate Fix
- 250 grams raw cacao butter
- 5 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 250 grams of your favourite nut butter(I love almond or hazelnut)
- 1 pinch of Himalayan sea salt
- ½ cup maple syrup
Melt raw cacao butter and coconut oil on very low heat.
Combine the melted butter and oil with cacao powder, salt, nut butter and maple syrup.
Blend until smooth.
Freeze for 1-2 hours in chocolate moulds or in baking tray lined with baking paper.
Enjoy! Store in freezer (if there is any leftovers!)