What is it Wednesday? – Raw Cacao Nib
What it looks like?
What is it?
Raw cacao nibs are basically the puriest form of chocolate. They are cacao beans that have been peeled and crushed to make a crunchy flavorful chocolate treat. It’s similar to an unsweetened chocolate chip.
Raw cacao nibs are loaded with nutrients such as:
- Magnesium – builds strong bones. Cacao contains more magnesium than any other food!
- MAO Inhibitors – Allows more serotonin and other neurotransmitters to circulate in the brain.
- Phenylethylamine – Thought to help increase focus and alertness.
How to use it?
Raw cacao nib can be eaten straight or grind it up and sprinkle on foods. Listed below are a couple ways raw cacao nibs can be used:
- Grind with coffee beans
- Add to cereal or oatmeal
- Add to trail mixes
- Mix in smoothies
- Sprinkle on ice cream
- Mix with yogurt
Make sure to store them in a cool place away from moisture.
I always see these little guys in the grocery store but have never actually brought them home with me. Not sure why but most likely has something to do with the fact that I had no idea what to do with them.
I like that these little gems seem to have some great benefits for both the body and the mind. Lord knows I could use some help in both of those areas!
Have you ever had cacao nibs? What do you think of them?
Disclaimer: I must say I’m not a registered dietitian. This post is based on my own personal knowledge, opinions and research.
Ann @ CreativeBoomer
One more benefit: they smell wonderful!
It was nice meeting you at BBCCHI today.
Paige @ Running Around Normal
I’ve added them to oatmeal before! Adds a nice little crunch:)
I add them to so many things! One of my favourites is my chocolate covered strawberry smoothie. I much prefer it to cacao powder as I love the crunch! Thanks for this informative post. You should use them in a trail mix, throw them into morning smoothies for an extra kicker, or just chew on them when you have a chocolate craving.