If you ever needed a reason to indulge in some chocolatey goodness, the superfood status of cacao can certainly help you to justify it. The less refined version of cocoa, the traditionally sacred cacao bean contains a cocktail of nutrients. Minerals including iron and magnesium, along with plant antioxidants make cacao a healthy (and delicious!) choice for your chocolate hit.
Cacao is made into cocoa through the process of roasting, a process that makes the cacao less bitter in flavour and darker in colour. However, roasting has a downside: it’s estimated that between 60 – 90% of the original antioxidants are lost during the process.
As it is less refined, cacao powder retains almost all this goodness including a huge number of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Incredibly cacao has up to 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries. Flavonoids, which are plant-derived antioxidants are also abundant in cacao. It contains a pretty generous amount of magnesium and is also one of the highest plant-based sources of iron.
Making a warming cacao drink is easy. We like to mix 1 tablespoon of cacao powder, ½ tablespoon of coconut sugar, a pinch of vanilla bean powder, plus a pinch each of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and mix with a splash of boiling water to make a paste, then top with hot milk, stir and enjoy.
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