6 Kitchen Hacks for Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Calling all chocoholics! Discover why there’s way more to antioxidant-rich unsweetened cocoa powder than candy with these kitchen hacks.
Add the earthy, deep flavor of cocoa to dry rubs and marinades for beef, lamb and pork. As an added bonus, the dipping sauce in this recipe is also flavored with cocoa.
Recipe: Cocoa-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Chocolate Tomato Sauce
No-Sugar-Added Chocolate Milkshake
Love chocolate shakes but not a fan of all the fat and calories? Blend a frozen banana with milk and cocoa powder for a guiltless treat.
DIY Hot Cocoa Mix
Forgo store-bought packets filled with processed ingredients; try our recipes for better-for-you hot cocoa.
Recipe: Healthier Hot Chocolate
2-for-1 Cake and Frosting
Need vanilla and chocolate cupcakes in a pinch? Add cocoa to boxed vanilla cake mix and homemade frosting; you’ll get two flavors for the price of one.
Recipe: Black-and-White Cupcakes
Cozy Coffee Drinks
Coffee and chocolate is a magical combination. Scratch the itch for a high-calorie coffee drink by simply sprinkling cocoa powder over frothy milk in a cappuccino, or whisk a tablespoon of cocoa powder into coffee and top with steamed milk for a low-cal mocha latte.
Recipes: Chocolatey Christmas Café au Lait and Toasted Almond Mochas
Unsweetened cocoa is a classic ingredient in homemade confections, plus just a light dusting of it prevents snack mix and truffles from sticking.
Recipes: Homemade Truffles and Chocolate Kids’ Mix
Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.