Cacao nibs are crushed pieces of cocoa bean that have gone through a process of fermenting, drying, and roasting. They’re jam-packed with chocolatey flavor (sans any added sugars) and boast a crunchy texture that’s similar to nuts. They’re also loaded with antioxidants and other nutrients including fiber, iron, and magnesium.
Their taste and nutritional properties help explain why cacao nibs are skyrocketing in popularity in restaurants and superfood aisles across the country. But you don’t have to go out to enjoy these little treats. Here are six stellar ways to put cacao nibs to good use at home.