Tuesday, July 29, 2014

50 Cacao Recipes

Today we’ve got a whopping 50 cacao recipes on roundup for those seeking some healthy chocolate desserts. Though cacao does work well in smoky, earthy savory dishes, it is generally best for use in sweet, rich, creamy desserts.

Though the fruit itself is bright, sweet, and citrusy, cacao beans have a bitter, bold flavor that best resembles coffee beans. Most opt to grind the bean into a thin powder to add to dishes as one would with cocoa powder.  


Fruits: Orange, lemon, lime, kumquat, citron, pineapple, papaya, mango, kiwi, guava, coconut, cactus pear, banana, avocado, strawberry, cherry, cranberry, pomegranate, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, plum, peach, apricot, persimmon, date, fig, goji berry, sea buckthorn, loquat, quince, roselle

Vegetables: sweet potato, yam, elephant foot yam, cassava, taro, pumpkin, plantain, eggplant, Brussels sprouts, squash blossoms, chickpea

Herbs, spices, and oils:  nut butters, nut milk, peanut, pistachio, macadamia nut, almond, cashew, pecan, hemp seeds, chia seeds, brown sugar, coffee, molasses, maple syrup, jaggery, honey/agave, cocoa, vanilla nutmeg, cinnamon, cayenne, sumac, turmeric, saffron, anise, annatto, allspice, cardamom, basil, paprika, salt, lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice, citrus zest, kokam, chili powder, sumac, coconut oil, coconut milk, shredded coconut, coconut milk, mint, peppermint, basil, lavender, lemon balm


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Cacao Mocha Smoothie
Ingredients: coffee, cocoa powder, coffee beans,
banana, spinach, dates, salt, nutmeg

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Chocolate Milk
Ingredients: Nut milk, raw cacao, salt, 
vanilla, dates

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Cacao Frozen Hot Chocolate
Ingredients: Almond milk, unsweetened chocolate,
banana, ice, sweetener

Raw Cacao Smoothie
Ingredients: banana, avocado, cacao powder, dates,
almond milk, shredded coconut, goji berries, cacao nibs

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Healthy Chocolate Mint Smoothie
Ingredients: banana, date, coconut water, mint,
carob powder, blueberries, vanilla

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Raw Cacao Superfood Smoothie
Ingredients: banana, strawberry, acai powder,
cacao, stevia, chia seeds, water

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Raw Cacao Blueberry Smoothie
Ingredients: cacao, dates, fig, water,
coconut pulp, cayenne pepper, blueberries, bee pollen

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Cacao Green Mint Smoothie
Ingredients: almond milk, avocado, greens powder,
protein powder, cacao, mint, stevia, mint, oil salt

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Healthy Chocolate Pomegranate Smoothie
Ingredients: pomegranate, cacao, raisins, goji
berry, almonds, banana, cherry, coconut oil

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Cacao Cinnamon Pecan Smoothie
Ingredients: Coconut milk, pecan, dates, banana,
cinnamon, cacao nibs, ice

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Chocolate chia PB&J Smoothie
Ingredients: Banana, strawberry, ice cube,
chia seeds, cocoa powder, cacao, vanilla,
spirulina, date, nut milk, sweetener


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Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream
Ingredients: Avocado, nut milk, coconut oil, sweetener,
cacao powder, sea salt, vanilla

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Cacao Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Ingredients: Coconut oil, cacao
powder, nut butter, stevia, banana,
coconut milk

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Easy Chocolate Pudding
Ingredients: dates, cacao powder, coconut cream,
lucuma, avocado, salt

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Healthy Chocolate Mousse 
Ingredients: Avocado, cacao powder, stevia,

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Cacao Pistachio Ice Cream
Ingredients: cashew, coconut oil, agave, vanilla,
almond milk, lemon juice, mint leaves,
cocoa powder, cocoa butter, cacao nibs, pistachio

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Cacao Banana Ice Cream
Ingredients: Banana, almond milk, raw honey,
cacao nibs, pecan, cinnamon, salt

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Mint Chocolate Ice Cream
Ingredients: Banana, avocado, coconut
milk, maple syrup, mint, chocolate

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Vegan Cherry Garcia Ice Cream
Ingredients: Banana, cherry, coconut milk,
dark chocolate, cacao nibs

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream Canoli
Ingredients: Flax seed meal, coconut water, pumpkin
seeds, nuts, cashew, hemp seeds, honey, 
coconut oil, cacao powder

Cacao Caramel Ice Cream Canoli
Ingredients: banana, nondairy milk, vanilla bean,
coconut sugar, coconut oil, water, nut butter,
vegan chocolate chips, nuts, cinnamon


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Healthy Chocolate Spread
Ingredients: hazelnut, cocoa powder, cacao powder, dates, 
coconut oil, almond milk, vanilla, stevia, 
flax seed, salt

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Cacao Twix Bars
Ingredients: raw nuts, syrup, vanilla, salt, dates, 
peanut butter, salt, coconut oil, raw cacao

Cacao Caramel Brownie Bites
Ingredients: almond flour, dates, coconut oil,
agave, cacao powder, almond butter, sea salt,
cacao butter, cacao powder

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Ingredients: vegetable spread, brown
sugar, vanilla extract, flour, salt,
chocolate chips

Cacao Chip Cookie Dough
Ingredients: almond flour, coconut oil, nut milk,
coconut oil, coconut milk, vanilla, salt, sugar,
chocolate chips, cacao butter

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Healthy Chocolate Coconut Treat
Ingredients: Cacao, coconut oil, agave, 
cinnamon, salt, shredded coconut, date

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Cacao Mocha Mint Bites
Ingredients: almond, walnut, date, cacao powder, 
coffee, vanilla, peppermint, cacao nibs

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Raw Cacao Hearts
Ingredients: hazelnuts, almond, dates, raw 
cacao, honey, salt

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Chocolate Orange Truffle
Ingredients: macadamia nuts, almond, coconut shreds, 
linseed, cacao, dates, cinnamon, orange juice, orange zest, 
coconut oil, sweetener

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Chocolate Tahini Truffle
Ingredients: tahini, malt syrup, linseed powder, 
nut meal/powder, coconut, cacao, almond, pistachio, 
puffed quinoa, apricot, date, chia seeds

Cacao Chocolate Cupcakes
Ingredients: walnuts, cacao, cinnamon powder,
salt, dates, vanilla extract, honey, avocado

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Raw Chocolate PB Cups
Ingredients: cacao butter, agave, cacao powder, 
peanut butter/nut butter


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Healthy Chocolate Banana Cake
Ingredients: walnut, sunflower seeds, raisins, 
banana, cacao powder, coconut oil, cinnamon, 
salt, date, vanilla

Cacao Peach Pie
Ingredients: almond, dates, cacao powder, coconut oil,
cashews, peach, banana, vanilla, agave, carob powder,
cocoa butter

Cacao Mint Chocolate Cake
Ingredients: walnuts, cocoa powder, chia seeds,
xylitol, agave, avocado, irish moss paste, stevia,
agave, coconut oil, mint, spirulina

Cacao Gingerbread Tart
Ingredients: pecan, ginger, cocoa powder, coconut flakes,
dates, chia seeds, coconut milk, cocoa powder, agave,
chocolate chips, banana, cashew, molasses,
coconut oil, all spice, cloves

Cacao Spirulina Tart
Ingredients: avocado, agave, sea salt, vanilla,
spirulina, cacao, walnut, cocoa powder, dates

Healthy Chocolate Coconut Cupcake
Ingredients: walnut, hemp seeds, oat flour, chia seeds,
coconut, cacao powder, dark cocoa powder, black
sesame seeds, maple syrup, vanilla, coconut oil,
dates, coconut cream, maple syrup, vanilla

Chocolate Mini Tarts
Ingredients: almonds, sunflower seeds, walnut
meal, coconut shreds, linseed, cacao powder,
cinnamon, raisins, currant, apricot, date paste, avocado,

Cacao Easter Macaroons
Ingredients: coconut butter, cacao powder, maple
syrup, shredded coconut, sea salt


Cacao Superfood Chocolate
Ingredients: cacao butter, cacao powder, spirulina
powder, maca, reishi, goji berry, cinnamon,
vanilla, salt, coconut powder

Cacao Bark
Ingredients: cacao butter, cacao powder, coconut sugar,
salt, vanilla, pumpkin seeds, shaved almonds,
coconut flakes, blueberries

Cacao Strawberry Truffle
Ingredients: cashew butter, cacao powder, coconut oil,
maple syrup, strawberries, salt, lemon, vanilla

Healthy White Chocolate
Ingredients: cacao butter, cashew butter, honey,
vanilla powder, almond butter, cacao powder

Cacao Marzipan Balls
Ingredients: Ground almonds, agave, almond essence,
cacao powder, cinnamon

Cacao Bites
Ingredients: macadamia nuts, dates, cacao powder,
almond butter, vanilla extract, sea salt

Dark Cacao Orange Truffle
Ingredients: dates, coconut butter, coconut nectar,
vanilla, sea salt, orange juice, orange zest, cacao
powder, coconut oil, sweetener, salt


  1. Thank you for the delectable looking recipes! Unfortunately, as a Pakistani, I prefer my cacao semi-sweet. Do you have any advice on how to transition from a diet consisting of primarily gluten to one resembling veganism...without skimping on taste?

    Much appreciated, lovely.

  2. Raw cacao is one of my favorite dish......

    Raw cacao is somewhat different from the common "Cocoa" most of us grew up with in our Afghan biscuits. Cacao (pronounced "cu-COW") refers to the Theobroma Cacao tree from which Cocoa is derived, and is used when referring to unprocessed versions of the cacao bean.

    Normal cocoa powder and chocolate have been chemically processed and roasted, which destroys a large amount of the antioxidants and flavanols (the things that keep you young and healthy). A recent study suggested that between 60% and 90% of the original antioxidants in cacao are lost through common "Dutch processing". Dutch processing was originally developed in the early 19th Century to reduce the bitterness, darken the colour, and create a more mellow flavour to chocolate, but unfortunately also eliminated a bunch of the goodness.

    Woung jun
    From http://www.bizbilla.com

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