Today I am featuring another wonderful guest post from:

Alison Cooper

Alison Cooper

Ever wonder about the difference between cacao and cocoa? Is there really a difference? In Alison’s post, Cacao vs. Cocoa – There is a difference, she explains how each are processed, how they differ from one another and the health benefits of cacao!  After making your homemade almond coconut milk, try this non-bake, sweet treat made with cacao!

Thanks for sharing Alison.

cacao vs. cocoa - there is a difference


All chocolate is made from cacao beans (also known as cocoa beans).
Cacao beans are found inside the “fruit” of the tree in pods.
Cacao is the bean in its raw state, uncooked and unprocessed.
Cacao powder is the cacao bean that has had the fat removed (cacao butter) through a cold-pressing process.
Cocoa powder is raw cacao that has been roasted and processed at high temperatures which lowers the nutritional value.

Some of the benefits of raw cacao are:

  • lowers insulin resistance
  • protects your nervous system
  • reduces risk of cardiovascular disease
  • reduces risk of stroke
  • reduces blood pressure
  • slows the ageing process
  • boosts your mood
  • contains many important minerals and vitamins including magnesium, iron, chromium, copper, zinc, manganese, vitamin C, fibre
  • contains the highest concentration of antioxidants of any food in the world

Cacao powder can be added to smoothies, nut/seed milks, protein shakes, etc.

*The addition of dairy products inhibits absorption of antioxidants in cacao or cocoa, therefore use non-dairy options.  Cacao nibs can be added to trail mix, oatmeal, yogurt, or baked goods.


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