Herbal Cacao Bark

Herbal Cacao Bark


  • 1 cup coconut butter
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp Ceylon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons maca powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried rose petals
  • Optional: 2 tbsp sweetener of your choice (like maple syrup or honey)


  1. Melt the coconut butter in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water.
  2. Once melted, turn off the heat and stir in the cacao powder until smooth.
  3. Add Ceylon cinnamon and maca powder to the mixture, mixing well.
  4. Taste and sweeten if desired, using a sweetener of your choice.
  5. On a parchment-lined tray, pour the mixture and spread it evenly.
  6. Sprinkle dried rose petals on top, gently pressing them into the mixture.
  7. Place the tray in the refrigerator until the bark solidifies (about 1-2 hours).
  8. Once solid, break the cacao bark into pieces. Enjoy!

Each of the herbs in this recipe brings unique benefits:

  1. Ceylon Cinnamon:

    • Anti-inflammatory properties
    • Antioxidant-rich
    • May help regulate blood sugar levels
    • Adds a warm, sweet flavor
  2. Rose Petals:

    • Rich in antioxidants
    • Contains vitamins A, C, and E
    • Known for its calming and mood-enhancing properties
    • Adds a delicate floral flavor
  3. Maca:

    • Adaptogenic herb that may help the body adapt to stress
    • Rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, copper, and iron
    • May enhance energy levels and stamina
    • May support hormonal balance
  4. Cacao Powder:

    • High in antioxidants
    • Contains flavonoids, which may have heart-protective effects
    • Natural mood enhancer due to the presence of serotonin precursors
    • Good source of magnesium and other essential minerals
  5. Coconut Butter:

    • Healthy fats for sustained energy
    • Contains lauric acid, which has antimicrobial properties
    • Adds a creamy texture to the bark
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