This week in the 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge, Cacao powder was on the grocery list, and though I have seen this out there on the internet before, I didn’t really
know what it was, so I did some research. This ingredient is better know as Cocoa Powder in the States, which I have heard of. However, its not the sweetened Hershey’s or Nestles’s Cocoa Powder that we use in hot drinks. Instead it is unsweetened Raw Cocoa Powder, which is actually harder to find in the Staes (Cacao Powder is actually easier to find). Same product, different names, and different processes in the States.
Cacao Powder is full of antioxidants and naturally has a chocolaty flavor. However, unlike most American made chocolate, this has a slightly bitter flavor, as it is not Milk chocolate, but instead directly from the seed, processed into powder through a heating and/or oil process. The Milk Chocolate we eat does not have nearly the same nutritional value, so no Milk Chocolate substitutions here. Adding it to smoothies should give a sweeter flavor and maybe just maybe can curb my veracious sweet tooth.