Just Eat ItYou can nibble on the nibs, neat, as a healthy snack. You can also blend them with breakfast cereals, add them to home-made nutri-bars, salad and with milk. If you like a quick chocolatey fix for your breakfast, check out this recipe for a cacao coffee banana smoothie. It’s exactly what you need for a morning on the run. And it’s sugar-free too!
Cacao Coffee Banana Smoothie
Ingredients: 2 tbsp raw cacao nibs 1 frozen banana ½ cup strongly brewed coffee, cooled 4 tbsp coconut milk 1½ tbsp agave 1 handful of ice Method: Add everything to the blender and pulse for 60 seconds. Yum. Hi, healthy smoothie! Recipe Courtesy: A Cozy Kitchen
Go CrazyYou could also step out of your comfort zone and try something wild with these cocoa nibs like a bitter chocolate chilli soup, with ground nibs, or incorporate it in a spicy curry. But if you want to try something really funky, check out this recipe for cocoa rasam. It’s spicy and smoky.
Ingredients: For Flavour 1 tbsp black peppercorns 1 tbsp cumin seeds 1 tbsp cacao nibs 2 cloves of garlic For the base 1 cup tamarind juice 1 tomato 1½ cup water Salt to taste 1 tsp cacao nibs or unsweetened cocoa powder For seasoning 1 tsp ghee ¼ tsp mustard seeds 1 dry red chilli 1 sprig curry leaves For garnishing A few stalks of coriander, chopped. Method: In a small heavy-bottomed vessel, boil tamarind juice, water, and tomato. Once boiled, peel and discard the skin before pureeing the tomato. Add the puree to the tamarind juice. Grind the black peppercorns, cumin, cacao nibs and garlic into large bits. Add this mixture to the tamarind-tomato juice and bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. Stir in the cocoa powder. Once you see a light foam forming at the top, remove from heat. In another small pan, melt the ghee, and temper the mustard seeds until they crackle. Add the red chilli and curry leaves, and pour this over the prepared rasam base. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot. Recipe Courtesy: Love is In My Tummy
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