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Cacao Recipes: Our Favorite Ways to Use Cacao

Jerry Toth

6th of December 2023

From a life hack perspective, nearly everyone agrees that putting cacao into your body is one of the most effective things a person can do in terms of nutrition, for all of the reasons covered in this article. Cacao is effectively a healthy and wildly-effective drug. The question now is: what’s the best delivery system?

Drinking Chocolate

There are plenty of different ways to prepare cacao. This gives you a lot of freedom to find the recipe that best fits with your nutritional regimen and flavor preferences, ranging from morning smoothies and mocha-style coffee to keto-friendly power drinks and non-dairy renditions of classic hot chocolate. The selection we offer below is just the tip of the iceberg in the realm of cacao-based foods and drinks.

  • Brewed Cacao: Use a French Press to brew cacao instead of (or with) coffee. For one serving, combine 2 big tablespoons of cacao powder with 1 cup of water. Stir and steep for 10 minutes. You can also use a Moka Pot. Coffee filtration methods that use paper filters are not recommended because the filter tends to get clogged.

  • Cacao Latte: For one serving, combine 2/3 cup of milk, non-dairy plant milk, or water with 2 big tablespoons of cacao powder. Use a milk frother, saucepan, and/or blender to heat and mix. Adjust the ratio according to preference.

  • Optional Flavorings: To any of the above recipes, add honey or preferred sweetener, cinnamon, vanilla, turmeric, cayenne pepper, or chili powder.

  • Keto Add-On: To any of the above recipes, add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, MCT oil, and/or grass-fed butter. 

  • Mocha Coffee: Add 1 big tablespoon of cacao powder to your cup of coffee.

  • Smoothie Boost: Add 1-2 big tablespoons to your smoothie. This is a no-brainer.

  • Granola Boost: Add 1-2 big tablespoons to your morning bowl of fruit and granola.

  • Yogurt Replacement: For those of you who love to eat fruit and granola in the morning, but want to avoid dairy, here you go! Put fruit and granola in a bowl and pour your Cacao Latte over it, like a yogurt. If you do this when the Cacao Latte is still hot, it lightly cooks the fruit, and brings out a new range of flavors. For this reason, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, or peaches are the best choice for fruit, because they taste nice when lightly cooked. 

  • Jerry's Backwoods Cacao Brew (aka "Chocolate Jama-Coaque"): This weird recipe deserves an entire blog post of its own, which you can read here


Benefits of cacao
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Classic Drinking Chocolate

All of the above recipes are best-suited for our 100% Full Spectrum Cacao Powder. For proper drinking chocolate, we recommend our Classic Drinking Chocolate, which is finished chocolate (usually in the range of 73-80% cacao) that has been ground into a fine powder. Some of our drinking chocolate editions have been aged in specialty casks (eg, Don Julio Tequila and Woodford Reserve Bourbon).  

Preparation: For best results, use a milk frother. Otherwise, a saucepan also works well. Add ground chocolate to your choice of milk, cream, non-dairy plant milk, or water. Heat and mix together until frothy, and then serve.

  • European-Style: For small rich servings with thick consistency, combine 1/3 cup of preferred liquid with 2 generous tablespoons of Classic Drinking Chocolate. If you have small coffee cups or espresso-style cups, this is a great opportunity to put them to use.

  • American-Style: For moderate-sized servings with moderate consistency, combine 1/2 cup of preferred liquid with 2 generous tablespoons of Classic Drinking Chocolate. Serve in traditional-size coffee mugs.

  • Extreme Decadence: Choose half-and-half or heavy cream as the liquid. In this case, it’s best to use “European-style” serving sizes.

  • A note about additives: There is no need to add any additional sweetener or other flavoring—this is meant to be enjoyed as a pure drinking chocolate. However, feel free to play around with it and add whatever you wish. Some flavoring options include cinnamon, vanilla, turmeric, cayenne pepper, or chili powder.

  • Spike it: You can also spike it with rum, whisky, or tequila, among other spirits...or not. Your call.