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Cacao

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Cacao Powder and Cacao Nibs

Cacao has been celebrated for centuries, thanks in part to its various health benefits. Not only does it taste delicious but some are also naturally rich in copper, magnesium, zinc and protein. Cacao can be seen as a more nutritional alternative to chocolate. 

Cacao powder vs cacao nibs

At Holland & Barrett, we have three different forms of cacao available: cacao powder, cacao nibs and cacao butter.

It is all down to personal choice which one you prefer! Cacao nibs are simply cacao beans which have been fermented, dried and then broken up into pieces. Cacao powder is made from cacao beans, which have been ground into a paste. The cacao butter is removed, leaving behind the dried powder. 

Both are perfect for adding to snacks and as a flavour-rich addition to breakfasts such as granola, overnight oats or porridge.

The benefits of cacao powder and nibs

High in protein

Adding just a couple of spoonful’s of cacao powder to your morning smoothie bowl or snacks will give you an extra plant-based protein boost.

Due to the fact that many high protein sources include animal-derived products (such as meat and dairy), vegans in particular may find it difficult to get all the protein they need through diet alone. 

This is because many high protein sources include products that come from animals, such as meat and dairy products. Adding cacao powder to certain foods is a great way to up your protein intake each day.

How to use cacao powder and nibs?

Cacao is super versatile as well as delicious. Cacao powder can be sprinkled on top of your morning porridge or overnight oats, to give it a sweet taste for a delicious yet nutritious start to the day. 

Combine raw cacao powder with dates and agave nectar to make some energy balls – the perfect post-workout snack.

Cacao nibs can be used as a straight swap for chocolate chips in baking recipes. You could also add them to granola for your breakfast or to your post-workout smoothies for an added protein hit.

Check out some delicious cacao recipes including cacao powder hot chocolate or cacao nib brownies.

If you’re feeling indulgent,  you can also eat the cacao nibs straight from the packet!

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