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Cacao Drinks: Discover the Indulgence

Cacao drinks are a delicious and nutritious way to enjoy the rich flavor and health benefits of cacao.

While often associated with decadent hot chocolate, cacao beverages can be enjoyed hot, cold, blended, and even used as a base for smoothies.

Cacao Explained

Cacao powder comes from cacao, the raw, unprocessed seed of the Theobroma cacao tree.

Its seeds give birth to the beloved treasures of chocolate.

Cacao Fruit on Tree
Cacao Fruits

Cacao powder is a healthy alternative to cocoa powder.

It is less processed and contains more nutrients. In addition, cacao powder is lower in sugar and fat than cocoa powder.

Below is the cacao powder I use and recommend for your cacao drinks:

Navitas Cacao Powder
Navitas Cacao Powder

Cacao Drinks

Here are some ideas to get you started on your cacao drink journey:

  • Classic Hot Cacao: You make this comforting drink with cacao powder, milk (dairy or plant-based), and the sweetener of your choice. Experiment with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or chili powder for added depth. Check out our recipe for the Best Cacao Drink.
  • Cacao Latte: Whisk cacao powder with hot milk and sweetener for a delicious and frothy cacao latte.
  • Iced Cacao: Blend cacao powder with cold milk, ice, and a touch of sweetener for a refreshing and energizing pick-me-up. Check out our recipe for our Indulgent Cacao Latte.
  • Fruity Cacao Smoothie: Combine cacao powder, banana, frozen berries, and your favorite milk for a nutritious and satisfying smoothie.
  • Mocha Magic: Add a shot of espresso to your hot or iced cacao for a delightful coffee-chocolate fusion.
  • Superfood Cacao: Blend cacao powder with nut butter, spinach, and protein powder for a nutrient-rich powerhouse drink.
Cacao drink in a mug
Hot Cacao

Tips for Making Delicious Cacao Drinks

  • Use high-quality cacao powder: Look for raw, unprocessed cacao powder for the best flavor and nutritional benefits.
  • Whisk it up: Avoid clumps by whisking the cacao powder with a small amount of warm liquid before adding it to your milk.
  • Sweeten to your taste: Honey, maple syrup, or natural sweeteners like stevia can be used to adjust the sweetness level.
  • Get creative with toppings: Add whipped cream, chopped nuts, or a drizzle of chocolate sauce for an extra decadent treat.
hand holding a cacao latte in a blue mug next to an open book.
Cacao Latte

Takeaways on Cacao Drinks

Cacao drinks offer a delightful and healthy alternative to sugary beverages.

With a little creativity, you can explore endless flavor combinations and discover your perfect cacao drink!

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