Peeled and crumbled from whole cacao beans, Navitas Naturals Cacao Nibs are “nature's chocolate chips." Crunchy cacao nibs provide pure chocolate flavor and they’re a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Cacao nibs are a tasty snack right out of the bag, or add them to cookies, trail mix, smoothies and ice cream.
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Nature’s Chocolate Chips
Cacao nibs are made from pure cacao beans that come straight out of the tropical cacao fruit. Cacao was a culinary treasure to Mesoamericans for thousands of years and touted as the "Food of the Gods" for its superior nutritional profile and exceptional flavor. Navitas Naturals Cacao Nibs are crunchy chocolate just as nature intended, in an easy to use and versatile form.
- How to use it
- Chocolate Chips
- Trail Mix, Granola
- Desserts, Ice Cream
Product of Peru
Navitas Naturals Cacao Nibs come from Peru, where tropical cacao trees have grown for thousands of years, providing the Inca Empire with a highly nutritious and exceptionally versatile food. We carefully select our cacao beans from small-scale organic cacao farmers in the heart of Peru's forests. Before being tested for micro-contaminants to ensure the cleanest and safest products, our cacao beans are delicately removed from the pod-like fruit, rinsed with purified water and partially fermented. The beans are peeled and gently crumbled to form small “nibs.”
- Micronutrient Lineup
- Magnesium, Iron
- Omega Fatty Acids
Cacao has been consumed for its invigorating and healthy properties for generations in Mexican, Central and South American cultures. Like all cacao products, Navitas Naturals Cacao Nibs are loaded with antioxidants. In fact, cacao is one of the most antioxidant-rich foods on the planet! Cacao also contains fiber and a number of vital minerals - especially magnesium and iron. An incredibly complex food, cacao also contains unique and potent chemical alkaloids including anandamine, theobromine and phenylethylamine.
Minerals and Antioxidants
One of nature's richest dietary sources of magnesium, cacao nibs are also an excellent source of iron and dietary fiber. You'll feel really great about eating cacao nibs, due to the alkaloids theobromine, phenylethylamine and anandamine, which boost your mood and can make you feel like you're in love!
Cacao is a healthy food, not a miracle drug. These statements herein have not been reviewed by the FDA. Navitas Naturals products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.
- Health Properties
- Omega Fatty Acids
- Mood Enhancing
- Mild Stimulation
Nature’s Chocolate Chips
In ancient Mexican civilizations, cups of cacao brew were prepared for guests of honor and served in opulent golden goblets. Navitas Naturals Cacao Nibs are an incredibly versatile and convenient superfood. You can use them in recipes just as you would chocolate chips in baked goods and treats. Sprinkle them onto cereal, trail mix, yogurt or ice cream or grab a handful right out of the bag for a tasty snack.
Cacao Nibs: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How are your Cacao Nibs processed?
A: Navitas Naturals organic Cacao is picked and then immediately starts a natural fermentation in the fruit like pod for about 48-72 hours. Once extracted from the pod, purified water is used to cleanse the beans. The beans are then low temperature dried and their shells are removed before being crushed in to smaller nib size pieces. Navitas Naturals uses the least invasive, lowest impact, and lowest temperature processing methods available in an effort to preserve the maximum nutritional density of our superfoods.
Q: Can your Cacao Nibs be eaten raw (as is?), or do they need to be cooked?
A: The beans, nibs, and powder can be consumed raw and in fact, you get more benefits not heating or cooking raw cacao as it is full of enzymes, vitamins, and nutrients that are carefully preserved in the low temperature processing. You can still use raw cacao in hot drinks and baking, but you lose some of the nutrients. Take note that minerals aren’t affected by heat so you still get those benefits despite how the cacao is prepared.
Q: Do you know the caffeine content of your Cacao Nibs?
A: There is a minimal amount of caffeine in raw cacao:
Cacao Nibs = 55mg-60mg of caffeine /28g serving of Cacao Nibs (28g is our serving size on the bags)
Q: My Cacao Nibs have a strong scent and intense bitter flavor - is that normal?
A: Yes, cacao undergoes a natural fermentation and that gives it a scent similar to vinegar. This is normal and it is still fine to consume. It is common that the flavor is more bitter and stronger than what people associate with chocolate. Navitas Naturals Cacao Nibs are 100 % pure cacao and are not diluted or enhanced with sugar and/or other ingredients that chocolate is traditionally made with.
Q: Why does my Cacao have a warning on it?