Hot Brewed Cacao

Hot Brewed Cacao naturally creates a healthy sugar and  dairy free hot beverage  from cacao  nibs for your  drinking  pleasure.
Hot Brewed Cacao

Hot Brewed Cacao

By Sue Lau | Palatable  Pastime

Hot Brewed Cacao is my recipe of the day with the blogging group From  Our Dinner Table. We post  on  Sundays on  various topics. This week the topic is Creamy Cocoa Recipes.

I decided to brew up some hot cacao, which is totally sugar-free and dairy free.

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Hot Brewed Cacao

My recipe is  not so much creamy unless you want it to be. How brewed cacao is made by brewing  cocoa nibs the same way you would brew coffee or tea. The flavor is very much chocolate  all by itself, and  lacks the problems that  milk or sugar bring with them. In fact,  it is quite a healthy low calorie drink. Perfect for #DietJanuary.

And don’t be fooled by the tea-like color. It  might be light on color,  but it  is long on taste.

But sure, just like coffee, feel free to  dress it  up with sweeteners and dairy all you want. Or just sit  back like me and drink it  black. Hot chocolate just became sin-free. And very much diet legal.

What are Cacao  Pods, Cacao Beans and Nibs?

I had been at my local  chocolatier (Maverick)  when I saw a  cacao pod on display.  I  put  my hand in there to give you size reference.

Inside the pod are the beans  which are roasted the same way you would coffee beans. They are the large ones in the bowl. If you break  those down,  they become what are called nibs. You can use either cacao beans or nibs in this recipe. You would just need to crush  or grind the beans in a mortar  & pestle or food processor. The  nibs you can use as they are.

Cacao pod with beans and nibs

I  used  my French Press coffee maker to brew this up. But if you don’t have one just stir your cracked nibs into boiling water then run it through a strainer or  coffee filter.

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Hot Brewed Cacao

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Hot Brewed Cacao

Hot Brewed Cacao

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 2 minutes
Steeping time 10 minutes
Course Beverages
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 81 kcal


  • Fresh Press coffee maker


  • 2 tablespoons crushed cacao nibs or ground cocoa beans
  • 1 cup boiling water


  • I crush the nibs lightly if they came as nibs. Cacao beans will need to be coarsely ground (not finely ground).
  • Place crushed cacao in the bottom of a French press.
  • Add boiling water and steep ten minutes. Press down press and serve.
  • Alternatively, stir crushed cacao into boiling water and steep ten minutes. Strain through a fine sieve or coffee filter and serve hot.
  • Can drink black or add cream and sugar as desired. Same as coffee or hot tea.


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Calories: 81kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 12mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gCalcium: 7mg
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3 responses

    • Considering I have to cut way back in January, I will love have this as an honest chocolate drink with no guilt.

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