Recipes, Benefits And Uses Of Cacao Powder

Cacao powder is powdered cacao beans, the same raw beans used to make cocoa powder. The process for making cocoa powder involves roasting the bean and alkalizing the powder to neutralise acidity. Cacao processing does not include roasting or alkalizing the powder therefore retaining more nutrients and enzymes, with a lighter colour and more bitter taste in the final product.

Nutritional Benefits Of Cacao Powder

Cacao powder has about half the amount of fat and is higher in magnesium, iron and potassium than cocoa powder.

Where Is Cacao Powder From?

Raw cacao powder originates from the same tree and bean as cocoa powder. Because it is processed in a different way the final product often originates from a different origin to cocoa powder. Our cacao powder is sourced from Peru and South America.

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How Is Cacao Powder Used?

Cacao powder can be used as a substitute for cocoa powder in many applications. It has a slightly different taste and acidity level and therefore some research is recommended to ensure you extract maximum nutritional benefits without impact to final product. We found this article on how to substitute cacoa and cocoa most useful.

Recipes Using Cacao Powder

Chocolate Gluten-Free Cookie Recipe

By Roxanne | Apr 11, 2020

It is rare to find a gluten-free cookie recipe that is simple, quick and delicious! As more and more people are being diagnosed with gluten sensitivities the need for easy baked alternatives grows. When you find a gluten-free recipe that requires less than 7 easy to find ingredients, takes less than 30 minutes to make…

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

By Roxanne | Mar 19, 2020

It is so tricky to find decent recipes for a gluten-free chocolate cake. So often they are hard as a rock, require a million ingredients, crumble into dust or taste like cardboard. But, this recipe ticks all the right boxes! Not only is it gluten-free but it contains no refined sugar, is low-card, incredibly easy…

Chocolate Tahini Smoothie Recipe

By Roxanne | Dec 23, 2019

We absolutely LOVE a good smoothie recipe! Smoothies are so easy and can be crammed with all the nutrition and delicious taste your heart and body desires. Perfect for a power-packed breakfast or snack to start the day or recover from strenuous exercise. This recipe includes Tahini – possibly one of the most underrated sauces…

Delicious Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

By Roxanne | Oct 27, 2019

Tucking into a delicious breakfast smoothie bowl as a healthy breakfast option is rising in popularity, for good reason. They are often delicious and a quick and easy way to pack maximum nutrition into your morning routine. This recipe is just that! On top of requiring no cooking and almost no prep, it also contains…

Gluten Free Chocolate Pudding

By Roxanne | Mar 19, 2019

Delicious AND Healthy Superfood Desert If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of cooking with teff this chocolate pudding recipe is likely to be the one that makes you start. Teff is an ancient grain superfood produced locally in South Africa. Did you know teff releases starch as it cooks in a similar way to…

Simple And Delicious Coconut Chocolate Mousse

By Roxanne | Feb 13, 2019

For years I thought the only way you could make delicious chocolate mousse was with cream, eggs and melted store-bought chocolate. This isn’t ideal if you are diabetic, lactose intolerant, or opting for a more natural or paleo diet. The good news is there is a simple, natural and equally easy chocolate mousse recipe that…

Homemade Dry Shampoo For Naturally Healthy Looking Hair

By Roxanne | Dec 4, 2018

With our lives getting increasingly busy it is hard to figure out when to do simple things like washing your hair! We all want to look our best for every event but when that requires washing your hair daily it’s often just not practical. We know many commercial dry shampoos do not promote naturally healthy…


Natural And Delicious Homemade Dark Chocolate

By Roxanne | Aug 31, 2018

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate – oh so delicious!! We can’t live without it but all that sugar doesn’t make it the healthiest snack food. When it comes to store-bought chocolate the ingredients in the labels can be quite overwhelming and the packaging can’t be recycled. Is it possible to get chocolate without all the palm oils,…

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Delicious Homemade Hot Chocolate: Quick, Easy and Incredibly YUM

By Roxanne | Jun 13, 2018

Winter is here! It’s time to break out the slippers and spend the weekends snuggling under the covers. Did someone say HOT CHOCOLATE and rusks? Yes please!! Homemade Hot Chocolate Is A Thing! Before you rush off and buy another container of the glorious hot drink to add to your trolley, consider what you are…