Check out this list of cacao powder recipes and get blending, baking and making these delicious dishes. Chocolate lovers, here we come! Let’s talk about how to use this powder in the best way possible.
More natural, less processed forms of chocolate are gaining popularity, so let’s learn how to use cacao powder and discover the best ways to use it in food. I’ve got 16 recipes that are just plain good. They will fill any chocolate cravings you have with 100% plant-based ingredients and whole food.
I’m not crazy in love with chocolate, so it’s got to be a great recipe for me to want to eat it. That said, my fudgy brownies and chocolate peanut butter smoothie are on repeat in my house. They are #worthit. Which one of the below recipes are you excited to try?
Since this plant-derived ingredient is naturally unsweetened, it’s great for smoothies and desserts. You are going to add in other natural sweeteners like fruits or maple syrup, so cacao can focus on providing a deeply rich, dark flavor to your recipe. Now, on to the recipes!
Smoothies with Cacao
Adding a scoop of cacao powder transforms smoothies into chocolate shakes. It’s a great natural energy boost (be careful if you’re sensitive to caffeine). Pretty much any ‘chocolate smoothie’ recipe I make uses this natural ingredient as it’s the least processed and fairly easy to find at your local grocery store.
Red Velvet Smoothie
4.5 from 23 votes
Give your heart a healthy boost with cacao (unsweetened cocoa) in this green smoothie recipe. Serve it in a fancy glass with two straws so you and your loved one can enjoy it together!
Better than a milkshake! This plant-based peanut butter chocolate smoothie is so creamy and decadent, you'll think it's ice cream. Your body will thank you for enjoying this all-natural, no-sugar-added sweet treat.
This antioxidant-packed Chocolate Cherry Smoothie is a healthy indulgence that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Blend it as an energy-boosting snack or a fun and sippable dessert that will leave you smiling.
Blend up a creamy, cold chocolate protein shake smoothie made with plant-based superfood protein powder for a delicious meal or snack, or before/after a workout. Includes adaptogens to help ease inflammation.
The combination of cacao powder and fresh mint leaves will give you that chocolate mint flavor you've been craving, but instead of packing in the fat and calories, you'll be packing in nutrients from spinach and avocados! It's really a win-win. When the Girl Scout cravings hit, reach for this smoothie instead.
Blend up a batch of these Fiber Smoothie Cubes to keep on hand for a quick and easy meal replacement smoothie that is full of fiber and protein to keep you fuller, longer and keep your digestive tract humming along.
Cacao isn’t just for smoothies. Use it in dessert bowls, drinks and more! I love the rich flavor it brings to my homemade hot chocolate recipe and these fudge brownies are next-level good. How do you like to use this fun ingredient? Drop your favorite cacao powder recipe in the comments below!
Homemade Hot Chocolate
4.9 from 10 votes
Take a spin on the classic hot chocolate recipe and not even miss a beat with this homemade hot chocolate recipe. This one is even better tasting AND twice as good for you. Let's cheers to that!
Thick, fudgy brownies that also happen to be vegan and gluten-free. (No one will be able to tell!) Loaded with delicious chocolate flavor and a great texture, this Fudgy Gluten-Free Brownie Recipe really hit the spot.
Chocolate chia pudding makes the perfect snack, quick breakfast or unique brunch addition. Use it to top pancakes, inside a parfait or mixed with granola. You may need more than one spoon as it is entirely delicious and shareable!
Any recipe that calls for cocoa powder can easily be switched to cacao powder (though the unsweetened cocoa powder is fine, too!). I like using a tablespoon of cacao in smoothies to turn them into chocolate creations. This powder pairs well with berries and cherries, as well as nut/seed butter.
Make ‘chocolate milk’ by adding this powder and a squirt of maple syrup to a cup of your favorite plant milk and stirring until dissolved. I also use it in my homemade hot chocolate recipe for a rich flavor.
Questions About Cacao Powder Recipes
What can I do with cacao powder?
What can’t you do? Cacao powder can be used just like cocoa powder. Add it to smoothies, baked goods, oatmeal, plant milk, coffee and more to satisfy that chocolate craving.
Can I drink cacao every day?
In moderation, of course! Cacao powder contains natural caffeine so if your body is sensitive to this, then a little goes a long way. It is the perfect way to turn any smoothie into a chocolate delight and to add a chocolate flavor to desserts without adding extra sugar.
Can you drink raw cacao powder?
Yes. Cacao powder is a less processed form of chocolate. Make sure you look for 100% cacao, with no added sweetener. You can also use cacao nibs, which taste like unsweetened chocolate chips.
I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.
The Red Velvet smoothie tastes so much like the cake! I sucked it down quick, but my son did take a sip and said “yummy!”. I’m going to make this one for all my kids. Looking forward to trying more of these recipes! Thank you!
Hi Kelley! I’m so glad you (and your son) liked it! I love this one too. 🙂
You are amazing – love these recipes. Looking forward to trying these healthy recipes on my teenagers.