Ingredient Spotlight: Cacao

December 14, 2016

Tis the season to give those tastebuds some pleasin’. And the first thing that comes to mind as a holiday treat is chocolate! While there is not a chocolate Thunderbird bar, there is the Cacao + Hemp + Walnut bar that satisfies that chocolate craving by using the ingredient from which chocolate is derived.

Read on to find out why we love this nutritious and antioxidant-loaded Thunderbird bar ingredient, and give our healthy and paleo-friendly cacao coffee recipe a try.

5 Benefits of Raw Cacao

40 times the antioxidants of blueberries
Highest plant-based source of iron
Full of magnesium for a healthy heart and brain
Contains more calcium than cow’s milk
A natural mood elevator and anti-depressant

Mocha Chocolate Butter Coffee (Picnik Austin inspired!)


8 oz brewed coffee
1 tablespoon grass-fed butter or cacao butter
1 tablespoon MCT oil or coconut oil
1 teaspoon cacao powder
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Heaping spoonful of whey protein


Brew coffee, add to a high-powered blender along with MCT oil, butter, maple syrup and cacao powder. Blend high for 1 minute. During the last 30 seconds, add the protein. Transfer to your favorite holiday mug and enjoy!

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