Add unsweetened cocoa powder in these everyday type of recipes like oatmeal, peanut butter, spice rubs and more for a hit of chocolate flavor!
It’s Healthy Kitchen Hacks Wednesday – the day we share our favorite time-saving kitchen tricks and cooking shortcuts to help you make healthy and delicious meals.
Now…onto today’s featured Healthy Kitchen Hack:
5 Cool Ways To Use Cocoa Powder
For years and years, I really only used unsweetened cocoa powder for baking and making chocolate pudding.
Until I whipped up this Banana Mocha Frappe one day and made it just about every day for a year straight. Then it quickly became my go-to to add a hint of chocolate flavor to many everyday things like:
1) Cocoa Oatmeal – I usually mix in about 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder per 1/4 cup of uncooked oatmeal (after it’s cooked) along with a drizzle of maple syrup. And if you are feeling extra fancy (and want to impress the kids), try these Berry Chocolate Oatmeal Parfaits.
2) Chocolate Peanut Butter – Grab a jar of your favorite peanut butter and mix in 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder for every 3/4 cup (so for a typical 16-ounce jar, that’s about 2 1/2 tablespoons.) Sometimes, I’ll mix in a tablespoon of honey, too. YUM.
3) Chickpea Snacks – In a previous Healthy Kitchen Hacks’ post, Serena showed how easy it is to make Crispy Chickpea Snacks and they were so delish, we decided to include them in our 30-Minute Mediterranean Diet Cookbook (affiliate link!) One of my favorite variations is mixing them with 1/4 teaspoon cocoa powder and 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika.
4) Mocha Spice Rub (for Chicken, Pork, Salmon, Scallops and Tofu) – This is a riff on my 3-Ingredient Coffee Spice Rub – with an additional 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder added to the mix of ground coffee, brown sugar and black pepper. SO good and SO easy.
5) Chocolate Smoothies – Here’s the recipe that started it all. It’s so simple and these days I also throw in some peanut butter powder for some protein and because – well, once again – peanut butter + chocolate.
How do you use unsweetened cocoa powder in your kitchen?