Origin: Peru, Scientific name: Theobroma Cacao
Cacao beans, best known as cocoa beans grows only in moist, warm and shady climates. Cocoa beans are primarily grown in Africa, Asia and, Central and South America. Cacao beans are produced by the plant Theobroma cacao, which translated, means "food of the Gods". That is a good name for them, given the numerous health benefits provided by them.
Cacao beans contains magnesium and promotes healthy heart. Magnesium increases heart strength and improves its condition.
There are so many creative ways to make best use of Cacao beans, and here are some of the options that you can try at home if you haven't so far:
Try eating them straight, a tablespoon day and chew them thoroughly to experience the raw chocolate.
Chocolate milk would also be a good choice with Cacao whole/nibs.
Grind the beans into a powder form and add coconut oil to make a chocolate sauce!
Cacao Nibs or Powder Bites
- 2 medium ripe bananas
- 1 medium ripe avocado
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup Indus Organics cacao nibs or powder
- 1 cup quick or old-fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup cacao nibs
- Mash bananas, avocado, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Add remaining ingredients and mix until smooth.
- Roll dough into golf size balls. Enjoy chilled or thawed.
Cacao Nibs or Powder Hot Chocolate
- 1 ½ cups almond milk
- ¼ cup Indus Organics cocoa nibs or powder
- 1 pinch of sea salt
- ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tsp. maple syrup
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Mix all ingredients apart from the maple syrup and vanilla extract in a small pot on medium heat.
- Whisk until the hot chocolate starts to simmer and cocoa nibs or powder dissolve, and then stir in the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Taste and adjust sweetness as you like.
Cacao Nibs or Powder Lucuma Chocolate
- Half a cup of cocoa butter (65 grams approx.)
- 50 grams Indus Organics cacao nibs or powder
- 50 grams coconut oil
- 1 tbsp Indus Organics lucuma powder
- Walnuts to taste
- Maple syrup to taste
- Cut the cacao butter and place in a bowl over a pan of warm water, with the coconut oil to melt.
- When fully melted, add the cacao nibs or powder and the lucuma powder and beat with a fork to make it smooth.
- Add maple syrup to taste.
- Add walnuts to taste.
- Prepare a loaf pan by lining with greaseproof paper.
- Pour the chocolate into the tin and put in the fridge to set. In about one hour you can enjoy delicious homemade chocolate!