Cooking with Raw Cacao with Madeleine Shaw

We were lucky enough to be invited to spend the evening at a cookery class with celebrated nutritionist, blogger and author of ‘Get the Glow’, Madeleine Shaw, at an event hosted by raw chocolatiers, Ombar, where we learnt how to make delicious treats from the finest raw chocolate. We share Madeleine’s top tips for healthy baking, and her scrumptious gluten-free, flour-less chocolate brownie cake below…

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We were delighted to be invited to attend an evening of cocktails and learning how to cook with raw cacao, one of nature’s finest superfoods at the Cactus TV Studio in London, with health-guru, acclaimed author and yoga teacher, Madeleine Shaw, at an event hosted by raw chocolate company, Ombar. Not only were we treated some wonderful organic prosecco, and some truly tasty raw chocolates, but Madeleine also baked us a fabulous flour-less chocolate brownie cake (recipe below), which was packed full of healthy ingredients to help you glow from the inside out.


Who are Ombar?


We were also treated to Ombar’s entire range of deliciously smooth and creamy, melt-in-the-mouth raw chocolates, including their new soft-center bars, which are similar to Lindt chocolate bars, with their creamy soft centers, and which taste far too decadent to be healthy!

So who are Ombar? Ombar started in a small kitchen, born out of the desire to bring the health benefits of cacao to people by redefining and redesigning chocolate as a healthy food. The same desire exists today and informs everything they do.

Their chocolate is not only sourced from the best of the Ecuadorian cocoa farms, it is also raw, and their methods ensure that they preserve as much of natures original goodness as possible – which is why their chocolates have six times more flavanols than comparable chocolate brands.

They treat their chocolate like a health food – because it is – and therefore only use the healthiest ingredients such as unrefined coconut sugar, real fruit and live cultures.


Madeleine’s Flour-less Chocolate Brownie Cake


  • 200g of quality dark chocolate (Madeleine uses Ombar 72%)
  • 125g of coconut oil OR coconut butter
  • 125g of coconut sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 200g of ground almonds
  • 1 pinch of good-quality salt
  • 1 handful of goji berries