I always used to get Cocoa & Cacao mixed up, but after hearing the great benefits of consuming Cacao...i can fully identify one from another!
Cacao(pronounced Ka-Cow) is grown on the Cacao Tree, which botanical name is
Raw Cacao contains some great Vitamins and Minerals including-
-Vitamin B1,B2,B3,B4,B5,B9 & E
These Nutrients have a range of Health Benefits to your body.
The essential vitamins and minerals found in cacao can support a healthy heart, as it can lower blood pressure,lower cholesterol,and reduce a build up of plaque on the arteries. So this is amazing. Something that tastes so delicious can be so beneficial to health.
What more can this amazing superfood do.
Raw cacao contains nearly four times the amount of antioxidants as processed dark chocolate does.
How to use Cacao!
You can use cacao in the form of powder, cacao nibs which are chopped cacao beans or the beans themselves.
The powder or nibs can be used in healthy snack bars,truffles,granola,breakfast cereals. or desserts for example mousse, cheesecake, chocolate brownies, cakes etc.
Some recipe suggestions
You can use the powder in smoothies, juice drinks, make a milky cacao drink.
Here are a few of my recipes where i have used Cacao-
Millionaires Shortbread with a Cacao Chocolate Layer- http://thelittleblogofvegan.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/vegan-millionaires-shortbread.html
Avocado, Mint and Raspberry Cacao Mousse-http://thelittleblogofvegan.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/avacado-mint-and-raspberry-cacao-mousse.html
My Berry Nice Smoothie-