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I bought some raw cacao nibs the other day.<br><br><br><br>
They're extremely bitter, obviously. What can I do with them? Recipes or ideas are appreciated. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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my dad made up a recipe with them a while ago. I'm not sure of the exact amounts, but it involved putting them in the food processor with nuts (he used almonds and something else, i think), raw tahini and agave nectar, then rolling them into little bite-sized balls. it was delish and a big hit at his raw foods potluck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Thanks, Angry Fruit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
nigel, they aren't processed. They are peeled cacao beans. <a href="http://www.sunfood.com/cgi-bin/order/index.cgi?id=934007475065&d=single&item_id=0878&c=Raw/Organic_Food&sc=Cacao/Chocolate&tc=" target="_blank">http://www.sunfood.com/cgi-bin/order.../Chocolate&tc=</a>
 

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I don't know if you saw this on the site you linked to. You may have but I'll post it anyways:<br><br><br><br>
What to do with Cacao Nibs?:<br><br><br><br>
Try eating them straight, a tablespoon at a time. Chew thoroughly and experience the taste extravaganza of raw chocolate.<br><br><br><br>
Add to coconut-based or fruit-based smoothies to enhance the flavor.<br><br><br><br>
Add agave nectar or honey or another sweetening agent to the raw cacao nibs and chew!<br><br><br><br>
Freeze cacao nibs with sweeteners (agave nectar or honey are fantastic). Eat cold.<br><br><br><br>
Blend cacao nibs into herbal teas with the Peruvian superfood maca.<br><br><br><br>
Add cacao nibs to raw ice creams for the best chocolate chips in the world.<br><br><br><br>
Create a raw chocolate bar! Blend the following raw ingredients together: cacao nibs, agave nectar, carob powder, maca, coconut oil, angstrom calcium, and cashews. Pour into a mold and freeze. Eat cold and experience the truth about the food of the gods!
 

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Oh! hehe Thanks Aimra. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Sounds yummy, thank you Jessica!
 

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Great! I buy a kilo every time I go to Mexico, and usually give most of them to friends. Repackaged, they make curious stocking stuffers.<br><br><br><br>
I'm with Angry Fruit on the almond blend.<br><br><br><br>
I grind a bean or two with my coffee occaisonally, or use them instead of coffee (though many people don't care for that).<br><br><br><br>
Mill it very fine and you can use it as a spice. Generally, I'd say it works well with chili(pepper) sauces or anything else that calls for cumin or achiote. A little in some veggie chilli is nice from time-to-time. I like it on corn, on or off the cob. No dount you're familiar with mole - you can use it 1:1 for the bittersweet chocolate that most recipes call for.<br><br><br><br>
I think that most people who experiment with it as a spice get turned off quickly because they use too much. It's like nutmeg in that it is very strong and can overwhelm a dish. A little goes a long way.<br><br><br><br>
If you do honey, it works best with that as a sweetener.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Aimra</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
What to do with Cacao Nibs?:<br><br><br><br>
Try eating them straight, a tablespoon at a time. Chew thoroughly and experience the taste extravaganza of raw chocolate.<br><br><br></div>
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I double-dog dare you.<br><br><br><br>
Now, are THEY talking about beans or processed nibs? Two or three beans make a tablespoon.
 

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Thanks for all the info, nigel!! They are talking about the peeled beans.<br><br><br><br>
Oh, and I tried eating them straight. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:">
 

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I honestly don't know. I've never heard of the things before today. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I enjoy eating them straight out of the bag with walnuts and goji berries. Almonds are an okay alternative if you're all out of walnuts. Easy snack to make. I love the crunch from the chocolate.
 
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