As well as boosting both your body and your mind, a daily dose of cacao powder has many other health benefits. But did you know that simply swallowing a couple of teaspoons isn’t the only way to get it into your diet.
It’s easy to be creative with cacao. It can be added to everyday meals to supercharge them, or you can decide to make sweet treats like vegan brownies and raw fruit nut bites.
Whatever you fancy preparing, be inspired with our 5 quick and easy ideas for a nutrition-filled treat or snack.
Here are five simple ways to use cacao powder.
Warm yourself up with cacao powder hot chocolate
Pour some boiling water into a mug containing one teaspoon of Aduna Super-Cacao, some Total Sweet Sugar Substitute and then stir. Add a dash of almond milk and voila, and you have a rich hot chocolate to warm you up on cold days (and nights).
Treat yourself to a chocolate and banana protein smoothie
Perfect for after a workout, this smoothie can be made by blending one large frozen banana (cut into slices), two tablespoons of Bioglan Organic Cacao Powder, two tablespoons of almond butter, 235ml of almond milk and one level scoop of Vega Clean Protein Chocolate.
Kick-start your morning with energy-filled cacao porridge
Next time you reach for a bowl of your favourite cereal, you could spoon in one teaspoon of Aduna Super-Cacao and a small handful of your favourite dried fruits. If you prefer to kick-start your mornings with porridge, you can still add the cacao and fruits to make it extra tasty and nutritious.
Mix things up with flavoursome yoghurt
It’s easy to add a sprinkling of Bioglan Organic Cacao Powder to your yoghurt, and it shouldn’t alter the taste too much if you use a small amount. If you’d prefer to mix up the flavours, just keep adding more until the chocolate flavour comes through.
If you’re vegan, you could add some to a pot of Redwood Wot No Dairy? Raspberry Dessert. It’s made from pea protein and sweetened with fruit juice. Other flavours include plain, peach & apricot and black cherry.
Bake your own treats with cacao powder
Baking with cacao powder can be great fun, as you’ll find out if you make these peanut butter bites for yourself.
- 90g gluten-free rolled oats
- 2 tbsp Bioglan Superfoods Chia and Flax Seeds
- 125g organic peanut butter
- A pinch of sea salt
- 2 tbsp Naturya Organic Cacao Powder
- 150g dairy free chocolate chips
Step 1: Grind the oats in your food processor before adding the chia and flax seeds. Blend well.
Step 2: Add the sea salt, cacao powder and peanut butter. Continue to blend until your mixture resembles a ball.
Step 3: Melt the chocolate chips (either in a microwave or on the hob).
Step 4: Form small bite-sized balls from your large ball. Use a spoon to cover each ball with melted chocolate.
Step 5: Place balls on a tray covered with parchment paper. Put in your freezer for forty minutes to set.
Step 6: Remove from your freezer and store in an airtight container.
You can actually replace any chocolate ingredient in a recipe with cacao powder. So, why not have a go at making a cacao powder version of your favourite chocolate dessert instead?
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