What is in this article?:
- How to choose and cook with pure cocoa
- Crazy about cocoa: 6 recipes
Natural cocoa powder adds a mouthwatering element to drinks and many dishes. Here's how to use it in hot chocolate, nutritious shakes, soups, and baked dishes. Plus, check out our cocoa recipes showcasing the diversity of ways to use this powder.
Crazy about cocoa: 6 recipes
Cocoa-Almond No-Bake Cookies
These tender vegan cookies are a breeze to make. For a completely gluten-free treat, use gluten-free oats.
Place 1 cup natural cane sugar, ½ cup unsweetened almond milk, ½ cup virgin coconut oil, 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa, and ¼ teaspoon sea salt in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil; boil for 90 seconds, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in ¾ cup almond butter, 2½ cups quick-cooking oats, ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut, and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto parchment paper, flattening slightly. Chill 30 minutes to set. Store in refrigerator. Makes 3½ dozen.
PER SERVING: 95 cal, 6g fat (2g mono, 1g poly, 3g sat), 0mg chol, 2g protein, 10g carb, 1g fiber, 19mg sodium
Cocoa-Infused Black Bean Soup
Serves 6 / Easy, healthy, and different. The cocoa adds an exotic note that melds sensually with black beans’ deep flavor and creamy texture. View Recipe
Cocoa Bison Tostadas
Serves 4 / Cocoa powder adds a pleasant bittersweet note to the bean mixture, which also works well in tacos and burritos. View Recipe
Chewy Cocoa Oatmeal Crispies
Makes about 36 / The applesauce, oats, and whole-grain flour add heart-healthy fiber to a delicious cookie. Soy milk adds another good-for-you twist to these treats. View Recipe
Chocolate-Coconut Chia Pudding
Serves 6 / A great and easy-to-make snack for kids (or adults)! Chia seeds work in this soft pudding like little tapioca pearls, but with a slight crunch. View Recipe
Earl Grey Hot Chocolate
Serves 2 / Before Europeans arrived on the scene in Mexico, chocolate was enjoyed dairy free. In this truly classic (and much healthier) hot chocolate, just a hint of old-world sophistication in the form of Earl Grey tea brings the two continents together. View Recipe