Food to know; cacao nibs

Cacao nibs are the superfood of the moment. Here is everything you need to know about them.

You’ve probably seen them all over the internet, on health food blogs, and smoothie bowls on Instagram. So what’s the big fuss about cacao nibs?

Cacao nibs are essentially an unprocessed version of chocolate. They come from the cacao plant which grows pods filled with cacao beans. The beans are shelled, dried, fermented and ground up into the crunchy, bitter, chocolate tasting bites known as cacao nibs.

If you are new to cacao nibs, a good way to get acquainted is by sprinkling them over baked goods right before they hit the oven. You could also try using them as a stand in for chocolate chips in brownies or chocolate chip cookies.

If you want to add cacao to your daily diet, it’s as easy as sprinkling them on your morning smoothie, oatmeal, yoghurt or a fruit bowl.

If you are a lover of meat you can also use crushed cacao nibs to crust pork chops or steak before searing them. This will give your meat a delicious smoky flavour.

Cacao nibs are all the rage so if you are looking to buy some it shouldn’t be too difficult. Try your local health produce store or natural grocery. If you don’t have any lucky there you could always order some cacao nibs online.