Cacao Recipes



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How can I use Cacao?

One of the foremost benefits of cacao and cacao nibs are their fantastic antioxidant properties which help our bodies by neutralising and removing free radicals from the bloodstream. Cacao, in its raw and organic form, also has the benefit of not having added sugar (as is the case with supermarket cacoa), although this does mean that our cacao will taste more bitter if you haven't tried it before. With that in mind, however, raw cacao is still a lovely addition to your diet and the underlying flavours and aroma is very nice indeed.

Cacao nibs are bitter and you can eat them straight out of the packet. Both cacao and cacao nibs can also be mixed and heated with milk or organic almond milk to make an delicious hot dark chocolate drink - maca powder can work well with this to add an underlying malty taste. We've put together some recipes which we hope will give you some ideas of what goes nicely with cacao, although, if you're already a fan of cacao/dark chocolate products, we probably don't need to tell you!


Cacao, Mixed Berry and Maca Smoothie

Cacao, Berry and Maca Superfood Smoothie Recipe

  • Add almond milk or water to a blender for desired consistency (approx 300ml)
  • Pop the raspberries, blueberries strawberries, 2 teaspoons of cacao nibs and maca powder in the blender and blend until smooth
  • Top with 1 teaspoon of cacao nibs

Vanilla, Maca and Cacao Overnight Oats

Ingredients

Rolled oats
2 teaspoons of maca powder
1-2 teaspoons of cacao nibs
Almond butter
1 teaspoon of maple syrup
1 teaspoon of cacao powder
Vanilla extract
Almond milk

  • Add almond milk to a blender (approx 300ml) - add more or less for desired consistency
  • Blend together rolled oats, maca powder, cacao powder, almond butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract
  • Top with cacao nibs
  • Pop it in the fridge overnight

Peanut Butter and Cacao Smoothie

Ingredients

1 sliced banana (frozen)
2 tablespoons of smooth, organic peanut butter
2 teaspoons of cacao nibs
1 teaspoon of raw, organic honey
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Almond milk

  • Add almond milk to a blender (approx 300ml) - add more or less for desired consistency
  • Blend together frozen banana slices, peanut butter, cacao nibs, honey and vanilla extract
  • Top with chia seeds

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