Cacao is a top source of antioxidants, and it contains an abundance of magnesium and iron. To make our cacao powder, the finest cacao beans are milled at low temperature to protect the nutrients and flavor. Our cacao powder is a healthy alternative to conventional over-processed “cocoa” used for baking, hot chocolate, desserts and smoothies.
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Cacao powder has been an important food in South America for thousands of years. A spoonful can transform a smoothie or dessert, and it’s essential for making a Mexican molé sauce. Free of any sugar or fillers, pure Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder provides you with exceptional flavor and texture along with a healthy abundance of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
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Product of Peru
Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder is made from the highest quality hand selected Peruvian cacao beans. After undergoing a partial fermentation process to remove bitterness, the antioxidant rich cacao fiber is low-temperature separated away from the fragrant cacao butter without the use of solvents or chemicals. It is then finely milled into our luxurious cacao powder.
- Micronutrient Lineup
- Magnesium, Iron
- Omega Fatty Acids
The POW in Cacao Powder
Cacao has been consumed for its invigorating and healthy properties for generations in Mexican, Central and South American cultures. Cacao powder is one of the richest sources of antioxidants found in nature. It also provides important minerals including magnesium and iron. Separated from the oily cacao butter, cacao powder is also a concentrated form of healthy dietary fiber. Our cacao products contain the unique alkaloid chemicals theobromine, phenylethylamine and anandamine.
It may be hard to believe that something so delectable can actually be so good for you, but it's true! Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder is a delicious natural health food loaded with antioxidants. Pure cacao powder also contains a good dose of magnesium.
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
Instant Chocolate Nutrition
In Aztec society, the drinking of cacao beverages was considered a privilege, and was enjoyed by the elite. The last Aztec emperor is said to have preferred his cacao prepared with savory flavors and that his roasted cacao beans be blended with Atole or coarse corn flour and whisked into a rich foamy brew flavored with chilies, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Transform your favorite smoothies, shakes, puddings, brownies, cookies and cakes into super chocolatey concoctions with Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder.
Cacao Powder: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How is your Cacao Powder 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. To make a paste, the nibs are churned and ground down until a raw paste forms. When raw cacao is cold pressed under immense pressure, the oils separate from the fiber or ‘cake’. The oils solidify at approximately 95°F and become 100% Cacao Butter. The powdery cake is slowly turned until it reaches the silky consistency of pure Cacao Powder. 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 Cacao Powder be eaten raw (as is?), or does it need to be cooked?
A: Yes, the powder and nibs can be used raw and in fact, you get more benefits not heating/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: What is the difference between Cocoa and Cacao and can I use them in the same way?
A: Often times the terms cacao and cocoa are synonymous when referring to a powdered confectionary chocolate. However, the term cocoa can also refer to a combination of ingredients that represent a chocolate flavor, but also include sugar, dried milk, and/or other colorings or additives. Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder is organic, non-GMO, pure, fairly traded, and non-alkalized. Pure Cacao is 100% chocolate, rich in flavor, and nutritionally abundant. Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder can be used as a 1:1 substitute for conventional “cocoa”.
Q: Is your Cacao “Dutch Processed” or alkalized?
A: Navitas Naturals Cacao is not alkalized, or Dutch processed.
Q: Do you know the caffeine content of your Cacao Powder?
A: There is a minimal amount of caffeine in raw cacao:
Cacao Powder = 40-45mg of caffeine /14g serving of Cacao Powder (14g is our serving size on the bags – Approx. 2.5 Tbsp)
Q: What Cacao varieties do you use?
A: We work predominantly with the Criollo variety of cacao, which is the variety native to Peru.
Q: What is the Flavonoid content of your Cacao Powder?
A: Cacao Powder: 11%
Q: Does your Cacao contain Vitamin C?
A: There is no Vitamin C content in raw cacao according to many independent lab tests we have performed on cacao.
Q: Why does my Cacao have a warning on it?