A nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.
For months I have been trying to enjoy one of the trending “superfoods”, in the form of Raw Cacao Nibs. Don’t be fooled by the name and look of these little chocolate-like shavings; they are not the sweet, melting friend you’ve grown up with. These brittle chunks of cacao bean are bitter and dry and just don’t taste very good. They are, however, reportedly very good for your mind and body so I wasn’t willing to give up on them too quickly. For me, the flavour was too strong in a granola mix or blended in a smoothie but I saw an opportunity when Edie and I were making rainy-day peanut butter cookies last week. Even in the rawest form, chocolate and peanut butter are true soul-mates, so sprinkling the raw nibs on the uncooked cookies naturally worked! The cookies became a perfect delivery tool for the popular superfood, taming the taste and letting it shine as a crunchy texture.
This is the classic (super-easy) Kraft Peanut Butter Cookie recipe. Sorry, raw, organic peanut butter has a time and place in this house, it just doesn’t cut it when it comes to our cookies.
Super Simple Peanut Butter Cookies with Cacao Nibs
Makes about 20 cookies
- 1 cup Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 raw cacao nibs
HEAT oven to 325°F.
MIX all ingredients with large spoon until well blended.
ROLL into 20 balls; place, 4 inches apart, on baking sheets. Flatten with fork. Sprinkle and lightly press nibs into each cookie.
BAKE 20 min. or until lightly browned. (Do not overbake.) Cool 5 min. on baking sheets; transfer to wire racks. Cool completely.
There are quite a few acclaimed features of adding raw cacao to your diet. It has 14 times the amount of antioxidants found in red wine, and 21 times that found in green tea. These polyphenols protect cells from free radicals and help slow the aging process. Cacao is also high in iron, chromium, manganese, zinc and magnesium – raw cacao is a great source of magnesium. This is beneficial for heart health, good digestion, brain alertness, strong bones, and mental health.
Am I a believer in these super foods? Well, last week I was carded while buying a bottle of wine. The clerk looked me in the eyes, then scanned my body up and down before pausing, assessing, and saying “I’m going to have to see your ID”. The legal drinking age in this province is 19 years old and I’m about to celebrate my 30th birthday with 2 very busy kids in toe. Clearly the clean eating and super food diet is doing something right. When she handed me my license back, the clerk actually said, “Good for you.” That transaction put me on cloud 9 for a couple of days 🙂
If you are curious about trying raw cacao for the first time, I would recommend buying a small container of the powder over the nibs. It’s all very expensive but the powder is much easier to bake with, add to smoothies and sweeten by spoonful in case you’re not a fan of the flavour either. It is an acquire taste after all (at least, so I’m told).
If there is one thing I can really stress on the subject of chocolate (raw, dark, or any other form) please purchase Fair Trade products to ensure your cacao and chocolate products have not been harvested by slave labour. A Fair Trade certification is not necessarily required to indicate quality or slavery-free cacao yet it is an important standard for conventionally-grown cacao coming from Africa. I won’t preach but do invite you to visit a few websites for more information: globalexchange.org, stopchildlabor.org, fairtrade.net
Enjoy your “super” cookies! xoAdd to favorites