Sampling chocolate in its healthiest, wildest state will excite your taste buds.
Raw cocoa nibs are little bits of pure chocolate the way nature made it.
And pure chocolate is what you'll taste. Untamed by the usual additives, the flavor may be a little too natural.
But, if your focus is nutrition, then raw cocoa nibs are your best choice.
Go ahead...feed your inner beast!
The edible part of the cocoa bean. They are bits of bean that has been removed from the pod, fermented, dried, broken into pieces and shelled.
This minimal processing doesn't destroy any of the nutrients in the cocoa. It develops the flavor of the nibs, decreases the bitterness and preserves them for shipping.
Minimal processing! They retain all the good stuff nature packed into them. Things like...
And they have no added sugar or fats to increase the number of calories.
But a one-ounce serving contains approximately 145 calories, 11g of fat and 11g of fiber.
That's a lot of fat.
On the other hand, some studies have shown that eating chocolate doesn't raise blood cholesterol.
So if you can afford the fat, cacao nibs are a healthier snack than a candy bar.
You won't get all that beneficial fiber from any old candy bar!
Raw cocoa nib uses are limited only by your imagination. They can be...
Experiment with them. They'll add a bit of nutrition to whatever you put them in.
The raw nibs taste like dark chocolate with a nutty texture. At least that's what the literature says.
I tried a few by themselves. Let's just say my expectations were not met.
I was expecting a dark chocolate taste, ... a dark chocolate candy taste. Not even close! My 1st mistake.
My 2nd mistake... forgetting, in my rush to taste healthy chocolate, that I don't like nuts.
Realizing my mistakes, I tried them again. Still didn't like them by themselves. Raw chocolate is just a little too wild and natural tasting for me.
But I used them in a cookie recipe and they weren't bad. I even got my teenage son to eat some.
So if your not very fond of the taste but want the healthy, stick them in your yogurt! Or something that might make them more appealing.
Oh good, I've convinced you to try them! Well...
I purchased mine from my local health food store. They only sold the nibs of one variety of cocoa bean. Perhaps another variety would taste better?
No health food store handy? Try the internet, there should plenty of choices.
Remember that raw cocoa nibs are dark chocolate, plain, natural and full of nutrients. They're not the highly processed chocolate most people like. But if you want wholesome and healthy with a chocolate taste, try them. You'll get all the good stuff with no added junk.
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