Cacao nibs are small, crushed cocoa beans packed with an abundance of nutritional benefits.
These nibs are cocoa beans that have been chopped and broken down into very small pieces. They have a bitter, chocolatey flavor derived from the dried, fermented cocoa bean. You can purchase cacao nibs roasted or raw, the packaging will always denote how they have been prepared. Cacao nibs are a great pantry staple thanks to their excellent flavor and wide range of health benefits.
Health Benefits of Cacao Nibs:
In contrast to the majority of chocolate products out there, cacao nibs are naturally very low in sugar. Just as our other superfoods, cacao nibs are naturally packed with antioxidants that help fight off free radicals that would otherwise cause damage to our bodies. They also have a surprising amount of fiber and fats which make them a great meal component to increase satiety. Additionally, cocoa flavonoids have been shown to decrease inflammation.
Nutrient Breakdown of Cacao Nibs:
*Per 1 ounce
- Protein | 3g
- Fats | 13g
- Fiber | 9g fiber
- Magnesium | 16% DV
- Iron | 6% DV
- Phosphorus | 9% DV
- Zinc | 6% DV
- Flavonols, antioxidants
- Theobromine | acts as a mild stimulant
- Anandamide | the “bliss” molecule known to give you that “feel good” feeling when eating chocolate
How To Use:
Cacao nibs can be eaten as is or ground into a thick paste to be used in chocolates. You can add cacao nibs to smoothies and desserts for a boost of rich, slightly bitter chocolate flavor and crunch. You can also use cacao nibs in truffles, muffins, cakes and bread!
Store raw cacao nibs in an airtight container to keep them fresh in the pantry (if you buy in bulk, freeze the extra).