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Cacao nibs: What should I do with them?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 06, 2011 at 12:54 AM

I just bought my first bag of raw cacao nibs. I have no idea what to do with them! I really only bought them because I've read about them here and had never seen them at the store.

Ideas please?

47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on November 25, 2012
at 06:50 AM

I put the nibs in the bottom of a filter and drip over the ground coffee without grinding. Tastes bitter but definitely delivers a boost.

1e9164a5a54003ac247d49c574dc7bfc

(396)

on July 15, 2012
at 02:56 PM

Hey, I have a tea ball that I put cacao nibs in. I sometimes mix with with my chai, or with my earl grey, but sometimes will put just them in alone into a hot cup of coffee.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on September 15, 2011
at 04:18 PM

Excellent advice!

Dc62e77bd385e4f3f117150641f34b2a

(90)

on February 15, 2011
at 11:55 PM

Wow! That stinks. It was probably a bad batch. However, different nibs from some countries are more dense.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on February 15, 2011
at 07:49 PM

well played eric. i will be checking this out for sure. makes total sense to me, and your site seems to have a nice layout. thanks!

Dc62e77bd385e4f3f117150641f34b2a

(90)

on February 15, 2011
at 07:38 PM

I make a product that is perfect for that. criobru.com Just roasted cocoa beans that you brew like coffee. :-)

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on February 06, 2011
at 03:13 AM

Cacao nibs are a delightful chocolate fix without the sugar. The ones in my pantry have a very red-winey undertone, which I happen to really enjoy, and which I know the rest of my family is not tempted to pilfer. :-D

1bbf5b9ed5202debe9a4c5b9f65e233b

(160)

on February 06, 2011
at 02:32 AM

yep, I do the homemade trail mix as well (we call it scroggin in NZ) and it is awesome.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on February 06, 2011
at 02:03 AM

\m/ YOU ROCK. \m/ Thanks for all the awesome ideas!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on February 06, 2011
at 02:03 AM

I added cocoa powder to my last chili and it was too much, it became a sludgy chocolately mess.

D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

(531)

on February 06, 2011
at 01:58 AM

Like many things, I found my taste buds adjusted to their bitterness. If you tried to get me to eat them several years ago, I would've gagged. So, yes, they may be too much for others.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on February 06, 2011
at 01:36 AM

Cacao nibs are a delightful chocolate fix without the sugar. The ones in my pantry have a very red-winey undertone, which I happen to really enjoy, and which I know the rest of my family is in not temptation to pilfer. :-D

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on February 06, 2011
at 01:35 AM

Thanks! I was thinking of adding them to my raw nut trail mix I put together, but they might be too bitter for the others I share it with.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on February 06, 2011
at 01:31 AM

Ooh! I bought some cultured coconut milk yogurt. Maybe I'll try that! Thanks.

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D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on February 06, 2011
at 01:34 AM

Use them for:

  • Topping custards. Great basic custard recipe here at Son of Grok.
  • Tossing on salads (yes, salads! Crunchy and winey is a good addition to most salads.)
  • When you're looking for a satisfying low-carb dessert, combine cacao nibs with shredded unsweetened coconut and a bit of melted coconut oil or melted grassfed butter. Warmly satisfying, barely sweet, nutty, crunchy, mmm!
  • Toss on yoghurt or cottage cheese to add interest.
  • Blueberry chocolate "antioxidant salad" topping
  • Add to a bag of homemade trail mix to take with you to the movies. Chocolate fix sans sugary M&Ms!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on February 06, 2011
at 02:03 AM

\m/ YOU ROCK. \m/ Thanks for all the awesome ideas!

1bbf5b9ed5202debe9a4c5b9f65e233b

(160)

on February 06, 2011
at 02:32 AM

yep, I do the homemade trail mix as well (we call it scroggin in NZ) and it is awesome.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 06, 2011
at 02:07 AM

just plain. take it on your daily trips and snack it.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on September 15, 2011
at 04:18 PM

Excellent advice!

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06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on February 06, 2011
at 01:22 AM

I mix the cocoa nibs..about a tablespoon... with Greek Yogurt, cinnamon, turmeric and a little bit of heavy cream.

The nibs are a little bit bitter and the cocoction tends to smooth out the bitterness.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on February 06, 2011
at 01:31 AM

Ooh! I bought some cultured coconut milk yogurt. Maybe I'll try that! Thanks.

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A895c96ac1ef1d2e5d8b59b4462c2b71

on February 06, 2011
at 01:51 AM

I mix them into chili. Nom, nom, nom.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on February 06, 2011
at 02:03 AM

I added cocoa powder to my last chili and it was too much, it became a sludgy chocolately mess.

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Dc62e77bd385e4f3f117150641f34b2a

on February 15, 2011
at 07:41 PM

I work with many of the world's best chocolate makers and have tried some very fun things with nibs. One of my favorites is to lightly roast them and use them as chocolate chips in cookies or to add them to my smoothies. I also love to add them to greek yogurt. It is hard to find different kinds of nibs but since I import them from all over the world, I have tried some very different flavors. If you ever get a chance to try some madagascar nibs or some TRUE nacional nibs from Ecuador, you will LOVE them.

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on February 15, 2011
at 07:30 PM

little 'anti-tip' on cacao nibs. a brilliant-not-so-brilliant idea i had...

grind up the nibs in my little coffee grinder and add it to coffee to make a mocha!

the logic behind it was quite simplistic:

coffee grinder is for grinding coffee beans. i had cacao beans. oh! grind the cacao beans into the the same consistency as ground coffee. well i did this, and everything looked promising. i added a small amount of ground cacao nibs to a standard amount of ground coffee (about 4 parts coffee, 1 part cacao) and it mixed in so well that i could not even see a difference.

the cacao grinds 'puffed up' inside the grinds bin and made kind of a mess, and the water wouldn't drain into the pot well so it took twice as long for it to finish. also, while the goal was a natural 'mocha coffee' flavor, it was more bitter than anything.

the verdict: i will not be doing this again.

Dc62e77bd385e4f3f117150641f34b2a

(90)

on February 15, 2011
at 07:38 PM

I make a product that is perfect for that. criobru.com Just roasted cocoa beans that you brew like coffee. :-)

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on February 15, 2011
at 07:49 PM

well played eric. i will be checking this out for sure. makes total sense to me, and your site seems to have a nice layout. thanks!

1e9164a5a54003ac247d49c574dc7bfc

(396)

on July 15, 2012
at 02:56 PM

Hey, I have a tea ball that I put cacao nibs in. I sometimes mix with with my chai, or with my earl grey, but sometimes will put just them in alone into a hot cup of coffee.

47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on November 25, 2012
at 06:50 AM

I put the nibs in the bottom of a filter and drip over the ground coffee without grinding. Tastes bitter but definitely delivers a boost.

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1bbf5b9ed5202debe9a4c5b9f65e233b

on February 06, 2011
at 02:36 AM

I am a chocolate fiend and could not give it up on paleo so I make my own:

1/4-1/2 cup cacao nibs

1 cup cacao powder

1/2 cup shredded coconut

around 15 dates or handful of goji berries or raisins

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 cup chopped nuts (your choice)

1/4 cup (more or less to your taste) honey or agave nectar

mix and freeze for 20min, cut it up and I keep mine in the feezer...nom nom nom

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D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

on February 06, 2011
at 01:32 AM

If you have an omega juicer, with a blank screen, you can grind them into basically chocolate as you normally think of it. Not sweet of course. You can also grind them into a powder in a coffee grinder, though you will have to be careful not to get it hot, as the cocoa butter will start to melt and stick to the grinder. A vita mix or other powerful blender works great for this too.

From there you can sprinkle it on whatever, put in smoothies, make a mole sauce, or make a raw dessert. There are tons of raw dessert recipes, that are often Paleo friendly such as :

http://www.adventuresinrawfood.com/banana-split-in-a-glass

http://www.karenknowler.typepad.com/living_in_the_raw/2006/05/cacao_raw_choco.html - Recipe is half way down for chocolate bars

Here's a hot chocolate one:

6 Tbl GROUND Cacao Nibs

1 Tbl Carob (omit if you don't like it, or add 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp nutmeg)

1/4 tsp Himalayan Salt

1/4 Cup Honey, Maple Syrup, or whatever sugar you do use if you use one

6 Cups Pure Water

1) Grind the Cacao in a coffee grinder or mortar & pestal.

2) Blend all ingredients till smooth.

3) Leave in glass container overnight to merge flavors and soften Cacao bits.

4) Heat up in a sauce pan, drink!

I love chocolate so much, that I've just eaten the nibs straight out of the bag. Excellent source of magnesium.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on February 06, 2011
at 01:35 AM

Thanks! I was thinking of adding them to my raw nut trail mix I put together, but they might be too bitter for the others I share it with.

D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

(531)

on February 06, 2011
at 01:58 AM

Like many things, I found my taste buds adjusted to their bitterness. If you tried to get me to eat them several years ago, I would've gagged. So, yes, they may be too much for others.

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1f17fe8167fa0e9b98a06902ea261502

on March 19, 2013
at 05:05 AM

I like them plain! Or I toss them in a shake.

8oz. your favorite milk (almond, coconut, dairy...) 1 frozen banana (peel before freezing! I learned this the hard way.) 1-2 Tbs protein powder (optional) 1-2 Tbs Cacao nibs

Blend, enjoy!

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138be7a21edcd70c350bdebfd05948db

on March 19, 2013
at 02:04 AM

Place them on top of your roast! It is really good!

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Ea9e17154bc6acc97271ffa4def4fda2

on March 19, 2013
at 01:50 AM

I throw them in my smoothies :)

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Cfe88f41d0f90c6355a58eddbe78c9f8

on November 25, 2012
at 05:17 AM

I've tried them with lots of things and I find I only really like them in my cottage cheese, so that's all I use them for now (I don't eat cottage cheese that often, though, so I don't think I'll be buying them again once this bag is used up).

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on November 24, 2012
at 06:59 PM

I find they are less bitter and more chocolatey when warm. I add them to my hot flax cereal, warm coconut butter eaten with a spoon, or lightly toast them in a pan before adding to nutola and other things.

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6004e57aae2cdd6de5e7d4b54a5f12ac

on November 24, 2012
at 05:13 PM

I did not like them at first. In fact, I hated them....but I didn't want to waste my money.

I started putting them in my coffee each morning, then I eat them as my finale! I am so addicted to them in my coffee that I have to now order double packs so that I don't run out of them. I LOVE THEM!

I also started adding them to granola or any recipe that requires nuts. These are better than anything.

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on August 09, 2012
at 09:35 PM

I eat mine with coconut butter.

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7c94f669211116507c815ca855735242

on June 08, 2012
at 08:53 PM

CACAO NIBS. i harvested, fermented, dried and roasted my own forestero beans here in cayo district belize. they are not hard. they crush easily in a mortar and pestle. i crush them and put them in oatmeal, or on salads, or in smoothies. they are lovely choc flavor but not sweet as northamerican palates anticipate, with soft nutty consistency. definitely not tooth-breakers. 20 times anti-oxidants of blueberries and tasty, esp freshly roasted.

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E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on February 15, 2011
at 11:34 PM

I bought some nibs last year because I really liked the chocolate-covered nibs that someone gave me from Costa Rica. BUT - they are so hard that I nearly broke a tooth! There is no way that I could use them for any of the suggestions you all have made as to adding them to yogurt or trail mix, etc. Did I just get a bad batch? I can pull them out of the cupboard and try grinding them I suppose, but I really just wanted something for added "crunchy-munchies" and I was really disappointed (and it HURT!).

Dc62e77bd385e4f3f117150641f34b2a

(90)

on February 15, 2011
at 11:55 PM

Wow! That stinks. It was probably a bad batch. However, different nibs from some countries are more dense.

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