What Are Cocoa Nibs?

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Blog

Cocoa NibsOur Flourless Cocoa Nib Cookies are a fantastic choice if you’re looking for a natural, gluten free snack. A little sweet, a little savory with a hint of chocolate, these cookies are packed with protein. Almonds provide the protein, and cocoa nibs provide the chocolate flavor — but what are cocoa nibs?

Chocolate, as you probably know, comes from cocoa beans, which are roasted, cracked, then ground and turned into chocolate liquor. That’s the point when cocoa butter, milk, sugar and other ingredients are added to make what we think of as chocolate. Cocoa nibs are pieces of cocoa beans after they’ve been roasted and cracked. Because they are relatively unprocessed, cocoa nibs pack an amazing nutritious punch and offer that chocolate taste (without the sugar found in most chocolate).

Cocoa contains a high level of antioxidants, which boost the immune-system and might help slow the effects of aging. Cocoa may help lower blood pressure and improve circulation and is a mild stimulate and mood enhancer. It also contains magnesium, iron and a number of other minerals that our bodies need. The sugar, milk and processing that is part of making chocolate chips cancels out most of these healthy benefits from cocoa, but cocoa nibs have it all. We use Theo Chocolate‘s cocoa nibs in our products.

Our Flourless Cocoa Nib Cookies offer the benefits of cocoa and the taste of chocolate without the sugar levels and unhealthy fat in chocolate chips. Most importantly, they’re a natural, healthy treat that tastes great!

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