AH CACAO RECIPES

Ideas for getting the most out of your treats

Cacao powder recipes


For every serving add to your blender:

Blend well and serve immediately. Instant recharge!

TIP: Try mixing in strawberries, pecans, chia seeds, or whatever takes your fancy!


A simple but delicious chocolate cake recipe that is completely free from animal products

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup (210g) flour

  • 1 cup (230g) sugar

  • 1/4 cup (25g) AH CACAO® Cacao powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl then add wet ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup cold coffee

Mix all ingredients together until well combined.

Pour into a greased and floured 20cm (8 inch) cake pan (any shape). It can be helpful to line the base of the pan with parchment paper.

Bake at 190°C (375°F) for 35 minutes, until a knife comes out clean.

Leave to cool until the pan can be handled. Remove the cake by first running a knife around the edge and then gently pushing the sides of the cake towards the center to unstick it from the bottom. When the cake moves freely inside the pan, turn it out onto a cutting board and then place a plate on the bottom of the cake and turn it back the right way around.

The cake can be decorated however you like. Our recommendation is to gently melt 100g of AH CACAO® 72% cacao chocolate with 40g (3 tablespoons) of coconut oil in the microwave (or bain marie) and spread all over. To melt chocolate in a microwave, break up the chocolate and heat in a small bowl at half power and for 20 seconds at time. Stir between each heating until the chocolate is just melted. Be careful to avoid overheating the chocolate.

A simple but delicious chocolate cake recipe that is easy for children to make.

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups flour

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • ½ cup AH CACAO® Cacao powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

Sift all the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl then add wet ingredients:

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 3 tablespoons honey

  • 3 eggs (add one at a time)

  • ¾ cup water

Beat the mixture vigorously by hand for 5 minutes, or with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes.

Pour into a greased and floured 23cm (9 inch) cake pan.

Bake at 180°C (350°F) for 30 to 35 minutes, until a knife comes out clean.

Leave to cool until the pan can be handled. Remove the cake by first running a knife around the edge and then gently pushing the sides of the cake towards the center to unstick it from the bottom. When the cake moves freely inside the pan, turn it out into your hand or a plate and then place a plate on the bottom of the cake and turn it back the right way around.

The cake can be decorated however you like. Our recommendation is to gently melt 100g of AH CACAO® 72% cacao chocolate with 40g (3 tablespoons) of butter or coconut oil in the microwave (or bain marie) and spread all over. To melt chocolate in a microwave, break up the chocolate and heat in a small bowl at half power and for 20 seconds at time. Stir between each heating until the chocolate is just melted. Be careful to avoid overheating the chocolate.

Start the day the AH CACAO way with this delicious and nutritious oatmeal recipe (serves 2):

Place all ingredients in a saucepan and heat while stirring until the mixture comes to the boil.

Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until desired texture is obtained.

Serve with your favorite topping: Fresh fruit, Raisins, Cacao nibs, Nuts, Honey, Maple syrup, whatever gets you started!


For every serving use:

Gently heat the water and sugar until bubbles start to form. Remove from heat and add the cacao, mixing with a whisk. Return to heat, frothing the mixture vigorously to create a thick foam, until the mixture is about to boil. Remove from heat. To thicken further, let cool and heat once more. Pour hot cocoa into individual mugs and serve immediately.

Your hot cocoa can be spiced up by adding any of the following during the heating phase:

AH CACAO® 72% Cacao Chocolate, Cinnamon stick (Canela), Orange or Lime Zest, Chile Pasilla, Nutmeg, Vanilla Pods (sliced open)


Super simple, super delicious, and super healthy!

Peel the bananas and mash with the cacao powder using a potato masher or a fork until you have a smooth consistency. Add sweetener and/or your favorite toppings if desired.

CHOCOLATE RECIPES


For every small cup:

Add the chocolate to the hot water. Stir until completely dissolved. Serve immediately or cool and keep in the refrigerator, reheating gently when needed.


For every serving use:

Heat the milk or water in a pan until the first bubble pops. Remove from heat. Using a whisk beat in the chocolate until completely dissolved. Heat again until a froth begins to rise. Remove from the heat and beat a second time. Half-fill each cup then beat the remaining chocolate until frothy. Add the remaining foamed chocolate to each cup.

Your drinking chocolate can be spiced up by adding any of the following ingredients during the heating phase:
Real Vanilla Extract or Bean, Orange or Lime Zest, Honey, Chile Pasilla, Nutmeg.


To make sipping chocolate, you basically just need to melt AH CACAO® 72% cacao chocolate in water.

Try this recipe for two half-cups of sipping chocolate:

Heat the water with the sugar, stirring occasionally, until it starts to boil. All the sugar should be dissolved.

Remove from the heat and wait one or two minutes for the water to cool slightly. Add the chocolate, stirring continuously with a whisk until the chocolate is fully melted, with no graininess.

You can make the recipe 'stronger' by using less, or no, sweetener and adding AH CACAO® Cacao powder.

If you prefer without refined sugar, use AH CACAO® 100% cacao puro instead of chocolate and add the sweetener of your choice, along with a little vanilla, if desired.


Ingredients:

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 175°C (350°F).

  • In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until fluffy and light.

  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.

  • Blend completely into the butter mixture by stirring. Add the chocolate chips and stir to distribute evenly.

  • Use a teaspoon or small mechanical-release ice-cream scoop to form balls of dough and drop onto an ungreased cookie sheet, about 10cm (4in) apart.

  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until just set. Allow to cool on the sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


Please note, this is not the exact recipe that we use in Ah Cacao Chocolate Café but it should give similar results if you use Ah Cacao chocolate.

Ingredients:

Method:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 340°F (170°C) and generously grease a 9 x 9" (23 x 23cm) baking pan.

  • Melt the chocolate with the butter in a bain marie (double boiler).

  • In another bowl beat the eggs with the sugar and vanilla for two minutes or until creamy.

  • Add the chocolate and butter and continue beating until well mixed.

  • Add flour and salt and continue beating to remove lumps.

  • Pour the mixture into the baking pan, level out, and bake for 37 minutes or until a toothpick comes out almost clean.

  • Leave to cool and cut into squares.

Varients: You can mix it up by adding a cup of chopped nuts and/or AH CACAO® chocolate drops and/or AH CACAO® cacao nibs to the batter.

Cacao bean recipes

Cacao beans and "nibs" (shelled beans broken into pieces) are a pure and naturally healthy food that can be used to add flavor to both sweet and savory dishes.

Before using a whole bean, gently rub it to remove the skin then squeeze to sprinkle little pieces of pure, unsweetened, cacao on your favorite dishes.

Sweet Treats

Try sprinkled on ice cream, cakes, tarts or mixed in your favorite smoothie o yogurt. Can be used as a substitute for chocolate chips in cookie recipes.

Savory dishes

Use as a condiment on salads, vegetables, fish, and meat dishes, or mix with your favorite sauce. Can also be used in bread, like a grain.

Coffee recipes

Ingredients per cup:

  • 2 tablespoons of AH CACAO® coffee coarse or medium ground. For best results grind just before using.

  • 1 cup of hot water on the point of boiling.

Method:

  • Pre heat your french press (including the plunger) by rinsing with about half a cup of hot water.

  • Add the coffee and water to the french press and stir.

  • Place the lid on the french press with the plunger pulled up.

  • After 4 minutes slowly push the plunger all the way to the bottom.

  • Serve and enjoy!

VANILLA RECIPES

Ingredients:

  • 60g Vanilla beans (4 tubes of 3 beans)

  • 1 bottle (70 cl) of Vodka or White Rum

Method:

  • Empty a little of the liquor into another container temporarily to make room for the vanilla beans.

  • Open each pod along its length to expose the seeds. Put the opened pieces in the bottle of liquor.

  • Fill up the bottle with the liquor removed in the first step.

  • Leave the mixture for at least a month. The longer you leave it the more flavor the extract will have. The bottle can be left for up to a year.

  • It's not necessary to strain the mixture. You can leave the bean pieces in the bottle as you use the extract so it continues to strengthen.

  • Use your homemade extract to add the delightful flavor of real, natural, vainilla to your favorite drinks and desserts!

Drinks and desserts

Enjoy the exquisite taste of real vanilla by adding one vanilla bean for about every quart (liter) of liquid (e.g. milk, cream, etc.) while heating. Split the vanilla bean piece lengthways, and scrape out the seeds into the liquid before adding the husk too. TIP: One vanilla bean imparts about the same amount of flavor as 4 teaspoons of vanilla extract.