Have you ever been excited AF to try cacao nibs, only to find out that you wanted to spit them out the second you crunched the bitter little nibs between your teeth? Who said these tasted just like chocolate?
I mean sure, if you’re down for the bitter taste, they’ve got notes of chocolate in them. But if you’re used to eating mildly dark chocolate or dare I say, milk chocolate, those crunchy little cacao nibs can take a while to acquire a taste for.
That is, until now. You see, there’s no sense in letting your sweet tooth win and missing out on all the amazing health benefits of raw cacao. Super sweet, processed chocolate just can’t stand up to raw cacao. Not when you’ve got a no-brainer alternative:
Yacon Syrup Sweetened Cacao Nibs
Uh, WTF Is That?
Let’s break it down…first the cacao nib, then the yacon syrup:
Cacao nibs are simply raw cacao beans that have been roasted and ground into small chunks that are fun to call nibs. Similar to coffee, the roasting process is a big determiner of what the flavor will be. A “light roast” will be less bitter and intense than a “dark roast.”
Yacon syrup is an extract from the yacon root. In syrup form, this bad boy is sweet like molasses. It’s low glycemic, high AF in antioxidants, and loaded up with a prebiotic fiber, that keeps you feeling satiated and full, all while helping you out with your digestion and keeping your insulin levels from skyrocketing.
So now that we’ve broken it down, let’s talk about the best part about these superfoods: their combination.
Pairing these two up tastes like a match made in superfood heaven!
Nibs to satisfy your raw cacao FOMO + syrup to satisfy your taste bud’s plea for that sweet, sweet sugar.
How To Eat Them
One of the best parts about cacao nibs is how easy they are to eat. Of course, when they’re drizzled with yacon syrup, we don’t expect you to be able to stop yourself from eating them straight from the bag. But should you be able to make it that far, the list of things you can add these little syrup-covered nibs to is never ending.
We aren’t going to be basic, so we won’t just leave you with the obvious smoothie bowl or morning oatmeal suggestion. Here’s a few out-of-the-box ideas for using your yacon-sweetened cacao nibs:
→ Top a baked sweet potato with cinnamon, salt, Miyoko’s vegan butter and a little bit of maple syrup. Then sprinkle on your yacon-sweetened caco nibs and take an Insta photo ’cause you know that is going to look incredible!
→ Make a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies, but sub cacao nibs sweetened with yacon syrup for the chocolate chips. You won’t be sacrificing the sweetness of chocolate chips, but you’ll be using a much healthier alternative!
→ Throw your yacon-sweetened cacao nibs in a food processor with garlic, black pepper, salt, and ANY other spices your heart desires. Use it as a dry rub for tempeh or veggies, or add a bit of oil and toss vegetables in it for a roast. If you try no other recipe, try this one!
If we’ve learned nothing else here, its that not all superfoods are as they first appear. You may not think you like raw cacao at first, because it’s too bitter. But drizzle on a little yacon syrup and you’ve changed the whole game!