Raw Chocolate Tarts
Makes 5 tarts
Deliciously chocolaty, these treats are full of nourishing goodness
These are not your average chocolate tarts. Packed with nutrients the chia seeds pack a calcium, protein and fiber punch, the avocados and bananas bring the potassium, plus the avos’ healthy fats, and the raw cacao powder is full of antioxidants. Scrunch through the irresistible flavors while knowing you’re doing your body, mind and soul plenty of good.
A layered dessert that can be beautifully presented in cocktail or dessert glasses. The dessert includes some preparation time, but goes faster when you will have the right equipment to work with. You need a good quality high-speed blender to get the right creamy texture. You can omit the mango and orange compote with other fruits like banana, papaya, pineapple, pears, berries etc. So feel free to change and substitute ingredients and add different spices in the recipe to come up with your own variation.
Makes one pie, which can be cut into 12 to 16 pieces
A rich, dark and decadent chocolate ganache tart flavored with exotic spices, this recipe sends every chocolate lover to Shangri-La. And yet the secret behind this dessert is its choice of ingredients, which create a sweet treat that is actually very good for you.
One of the main ingredients, cacao, brings a very high nutritional value, especially when you use it in its natural state, for example like raw cacao nibs or cold processed cacao powder.
If you’re a foodie, there’s nothing quite like being witness to a talented chef’s imagination, beautifully presented on a plate, for the first time ever. To give feedback and perhaps have some sway upon whether it appears on the regular menu brings you closer to the experience of being a chef. Minus the stress, sweat and tears, it’s the next best thing.
Even though there are thousands of so-called super foods out there, a true super food is any natural food with a high nutrient density in its original state.
Usually these foods grow in the wild and are often pulled out as weeds in the garden. They are not cultivated or hybridized, but are sturdy plants with a strong life force energy. In addition to their nutritional value they often have medicinal value; they are both food and medicine.
These potent life-giving foods can assist us to meet and exceed all of our body’s nutritional requirements and nourish us at the deepest level possible. They are an excellent choice to improve our overall health, boost the immune system, elevate serotonin production, enhance sexuality and cleanse and alkalize the body.
Best of all, eating these superfoods can be fast, easy, fresh and fun.
1. Raw Cacao
I like raw cacao for its rich, deep taste and layers of tropical flavours. Raw cacao is the purest, highest quality of cacao, and it can make us feel euphoric and energized for hours. It also has therapeutic properties and is a medicine for the heart.
“Let the soul of the produce shine.”
Chef Felix Schoener
The most recent addition to Fivelements’ award-winning Sakti Dining Room™ is exciting new chef Felix Schoener. Originally from Bremen, Germany, Chef Felix has had an illustrious career apprenticing and working for a series of exclusive and Michelin-starred restaurants, before developing a passion for sustainable organic living and the natural, vegetarian and raw food movements.
He has trained with Fivelements’ friends Gabriel Cousens at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Centre in Arizona and Cherie Soria at the Living Light Culinary Art Institute in California, where he also instructed.
Since then, experimenting with his own healing path has led him to marry his love of raw living foods with a fascination in the ancient philosophies of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine, as well as macrobiotics, avant-garde, modernist cuisine and the emerging green gastronomy movement. Taking raw living cuisine to the next level, it is this combination of holistic lifestyle philosophies combined with culinary arts that he presents as part of Fivelements' unique revolutionary cuisine concept, Sakti Dining Room's™ famous tasting menus and the retreat's Cuisine for Life™ program.
Was becoming a chef a passion that stemmed from an early age?
My biggest influence was my Grandpa, a great pastry chef. In our family, like in many, love was shown and expressed through food, and my Grandpa had so much love to share, which you could taste in every meal he prepared for me. Everything he cooked was so tasty and nourishing.
A holistic health and wellness expert, Isabelle Jan has lived part time in Bali for eight years. Her job takes her to some of the world’s most beautiful locations and prestigious hotels. But she often finds herself craving the raw, vegan, living foods at Fivelements Sakti Dining RoomTM.
It may be a cliche, but the phrase ‘you are what you eat’ should ring in your ears at every meal. Take a moment to look at your plate and consider where your food comes from, what it consists of and the repercussions it will have inside your body. Eat mindfully like this and you may find your food choices automatically improving.
One of the first destinations with raw vegan cuisine to have ever been awarded “Spa Cuisine of the Year”, Fivelements luxury healing resort in Bali has been pioneering the raw food movement in Asia from the start. Its concept “Cuisine For Life™” promotes living foods as a key rejuvenating tool and it plays a central part in all Fivelements’ healing programmes.
Lahra Tatriele, Vision Director, Fivelements: “We are extremely honoured to receive this award, and really proud of our entire team. Promoting the enormous benefits of raw food nutrition and living foods is an integral part of our mission, and we are really excited that this is becoming a reality; only four years after our opening, our team is making culinary history. Fivelements vision is to promote well-being, eating for energy, beauty and longevity, as well as being open to learn about the highest form of nutrition on the planet”.
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." Hippocrates
Mother Nature provides us with living foods that fuel our bodies and minds with optimum energy and healing. Take your favorite recipes and gradually adapt them by adding more living foods to provide a fresher and healthier alternative.
Food sources: Select quality, fresh organic produce and whole foods from reliable sources
Shop local: Buy directly from local organic farmers when possible
Buy produce in season: To enjoy the peak of their natural goodness
Buy sea salt vs. processed table salt: For its additional minerals