Why eat cacao?
Cocao powder and nibs are extremely nutritional and powerful ingredients and superfood staples in my kitchen. They are high in magnesium, antioxidants, iron, omega fatty acids, flavanols, and fiber. They are one of the most antioxidant rich foods on the planet! Cocao nibs are made from pure cocao beans that come straight out of the tropical cocao fruit. The Cocao bean was culinary gold to Mesoamericans for many years and known as the "Food of Gods" for its superior nutritional profile and amazing flavor. Cocao powder is a great alternative to "cocoa" baking powder, because it is raw and less processed than "cocao." Its rich in minerals and antioxidants and great to add to smoothies, baking and desserts.
I have so many in my cabinet, and just want to collect them all! Yes, it can be expensive to buy many of these superfood ingredients, but its well worth it and I find that they last me a a good amount of time. Buying online and using coupon and promo codes or when you see super foods on sale at the grocery store, don't hesitate to buy. Once you begin to start using these ingredients you'll realize there unlimited possibilities for including them in many of your recipes. You might even search new recipes to make that included superfood ingredients.
How do you cook with superfoods?
I always love experimenting with superfoods, and you can always use them in smoothies, oatmeal, when baking, cereals, oat and nut bars, homemade breads, and much more.
How does cocao taste?
Cocao nibs have a bitter flavor but add a nice chocolate chip crunch to your recipes, and you can also blend them in your smoothies so that aren't as crunchy. You can also buy sweetened cocao nibs if you prefer a bit of sweetness. They are natures chocolate chips, and when soaked in your smoothies or ice cream they become a little less crunchy and soak up some of the liquid.
This recipe is filled with chocolaty goodness and many of my favorite staple ingredients!
Yields 1 serving
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 TBSP Justin's peanut butter
- 1 TBSP cocao powder
- 1 tsp cocao nibs
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 scoop Sunwarrior chocolate protein
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1 tsp cocao nibs
1. Blend all smoothie ingredients together well, and top off with shredded coconut and cocao nibs. Enjoy!