What is in this article?:
- How to choose and cook with pure cocoa
- Crazy about cocoa: 5 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 6 cocoa recipes showcasing the diversity of ways to use this powder.
Crazy about cocoa: 5 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. Tortillas vary widely in sodium, so look for lower-salt varieties. View Recipe
Chewy Cocoa Oatmeal Crispies
Makes about 36 / It’s no sin to indulge in a little cocoa now and then. Cocoa is actually a decent source of potent antioxidants. 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
Citrus Cocoa-Nib Salad
Serves 6 / Antioxidant-rich cocoa nibs—crushed, roasted cocoa beans—are available in natural foods stores and specialty shops. They aren't at all sweet but add a lush, flavorful note to simple salads like this one. You can also sprinkle them on granola or cereal, blend into smoothies, or use as a substitute for nuts or chocolate chips. View Recipe