27 May 2019
What is cacao?
If there is one superfood that will start you off right it’s cacao. Not only is it nutrient dense but a sure hit with its rich chocolaty flavour.
Cacao – pronounced Ka-Cow, is the raw form of cocoa. Basically – a cocoa bean can go in two directions. It can be heated and treated and chemically processed and end up in a commercial chocolate bar. Or, it can be dried by the sun and turned into a powder which maintains its nutrient density.
Cacao powder is amazingly rich in antioxidants – the powerful components that help our bodies fight off free-radicals. It is a great source of magnesium and iron and boasts 314% of the recommended daily intake of iron in just 28g.
How to use it
The best part about cacao? It tastes like chocolate! You can use it anywhere you'd use regular baking cocoa but it's best saved for raw or gently heated recipes. You can make a nice cup of hot chocolate or stir it through porridge and it will retain a lot of its nutrients. I love making raw chocolate using cacao and cacao butter as well as it being a staple in raw 'un-baking'. My recipe for Raw Chocolate Shake is a great way to get started.
Try it for yourself