Right now you must be thinking, “these fools spelled cocoa wrong!”
Sorry, not sorry.
While cacao and cocoa are often considered two different things, they are pretty much the same thing.
Cacao is the tree from which cocoa is produced. Once harvest, cocoa can be made into numerous product like cocoa butter and chocolate!
Again, it's pretty much the same thing, but for the sticklers that want to obsess over nomenclature, go by the definitions above if you absolute must separate them out by spelling.
Raw cacao is jam packed with a multitude of antioxidants, minerals and fiber. It is also a great source of iron and magnesium, which makes it one of the top selling superfoods on the market today.
For those with an affinity for sweetened chocolate, the unsweetened taste of raw cacao can seem bitter and prove challenging to incorporate into your diet.
But that should be no reason for only getting your chocolate fix through low-quality, sugar packed cheap chocolate products.
There are so many better, healthier ways to get cocoa into your body.
To add this powerful superfood into your diet, you can grab a handful of our raw cacao nibs and eat raw or sprinkle over yogurt or into a smoothie.
A few ways to add Raw Cacao (Raw Cocoa) to your diet:
Add Raw Cacao Nibs to your favorite smoothie
For health nuts on the go, smoothies are a quick and easy way to get the most nutrients. We recommend adding a half a banana, a few tablespoons of almond butter, and a handful of raw cacao nibs to your green smoothie. This gives you an abundance of antioxidants and a nice dose of healthy fat, without adding a bunch a sugar.
Recreate Your Favorite Dessert
You can easily sprinkle raw cacao nibs over your favorite coconut ice cream. However, if you are looking to get a little more creative with raw cacao, you may choose to substitute raw cacao nibs into your gluten free chocolate chip cookie mix or even blend raw cacao with avocado, almond milk and agave to create a decadent raw cacao mousse.
Make a "Cocoa Trail Mix"
The varieties of homemade trail mixes are endless.
Grab some raw nuts, some cocoa butter wafers, some cocoa nibs, some dried berries, and you have a healthy and nutritious snack for on the go.
Whether you are a mom on the go, the superstar athlete, or a chef, adding more raw cacao into your diet is as easy as reaching your hand in a bag of raw cacao nibs, cocoa butter wafers, or Wild Chocolate powder. (You can also drink it with our brain loving Cocotropic!)
We want to hear from you! How do you use raw cacao? Comment below with your favorite raw cacao recipes!