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12 Incredible Ways to Cook with Cacao Nibs

Cacao nibs have been big on the culinary scene for a while, and now it’s time to get them going on in your own kitchen. Cacao nibs are small bits of the unprocessed cocoa bean; they have a subtle crunch that’s similar to coffee beans, and a rich, pleasantly bitter chocolate flavor. Since cacao nibs aren’t sweet at all, they work wonderfully as a contrasting point in all kinds of sweets — from smoothies to breakfast recipes to desserts.

If you’re intrigued by this unique ingredient, head below for 12 spectacular ways to get cooking with cacao nibs!

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    12 Incredible Ways to Cook with Cacao Nibs

    Cacao nibs bring intense chocolatey flavor to all kinds of sweet treats from breakfasts to desserts. Here are 12 incredible recipes to get you cooking with this unique ingredient. 


  • Baked Oatmeal with Chocolate Chunks and Cacao Nibs 2 of 13

    Weekday breakfast decadence is easier to achieve than you might think with this surprisingly healthy, but oh-so-chocolatey baked oatmeal recipe.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Chocolate Cacao Nib Cherry Smoothie 3 of 13

    Cherry and chocolate are two flavors that were meant to be together! Give the afternoon snack a delicious reboot with this simple chocolate and cherry cacao nib smoothie recipe.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Raw Chocolate Strawberry Pie 4 of 13
    12 Incredible Ways to Cook with Cacao Nibs

    If all this winter weather has you craving color and fruit, try your hand at this incredibly fresh and delicious raw chocolate strawberry pie with an almond-cacao nib crust.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Kathy Patalsky

  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Cacao Nibs 5 of 13

    These soft and chewy oatmeal cookies have satisfying flecks of cacao nibs throughout!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Chocolate Coconut Fudge Bars 6 of 13

    Get your chocolate fix with these simple cacao-topped fudge bars made with coconut oil, cacao powder, and banana.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Kathy Patalsky

  • Healthier (Vegan) Chocolate Frosty 7 of 13

    This isn't your typical fast food frosty! Refuel and satisfy your chocolate cravings with this easy smoothie recipe.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Kathy Patalsky

  • Chocolate Coconut Dip 8 of 13
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    Need a late night snack you won't regret come morning? Try this simple dip made with goodies like coconut oil, avocado, and cacao nibs.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Kathy Patalsky

  • Dried Cherry and Cacao Nib Brownies 9 of 13

    Cacao nibs bring big flavor to these wholesome, delicious one-bowl brownies with dried cherries.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Tart Cherry and Cacao Nib Granola 10 of 13

    Start your day with a kick of tart cherries and a hint of chocolate with this simple homemade granola recipe.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe 
    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Chocolate Cacao Nib Ice Cream 11 of 13

    Your search for the perfect, super chocolatey ice cream is over! One bite of this velvety delicious chocolate cacao nib ice cream is going to send you straight to chocolate heaven.
    Rachel Cooks has the recipe
    Image: Rachel Cooks

  • Classic Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting 12 of 13

    This gorgeous triple layer chocolate cake is every bit as classic and chocolaty as it looks.
    Eat the Love has the recipe
    Image: Eat the Love

  • Triple Chocolate Cookies 13 of 13

    These wonderfully chewy triple chocolate cookies are the perfect dessert surprise!
    Shugary Sweets has the recipe
    Image: Shugary Sweets

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