For some reason I thought it was a good idea to stock my bakers shelves with cacao nibs, so I bought some. Not as economical as chocolate chips but what the heck I’m like L’Oreal, I’m worth it. If you’ve never tasted cacao nibs right out of the bag be forewarned it’s not like eating chocolate chips. Cacao nibs are often called Nature’s Chocolate Chips. They are made from pure cacao beans. You may also think you’re eating nuts, bitter nuts I might add, and they are definitely an acquired taste.
Research suggests that cacao nibs help with cognitive brain function, lower blood pressure, improve insulin sensitivity, as well as lift your mood. I can tell you first hand that I felt lots better after I made these Waffles with Cacao Nibs. Felt even better when I realized that I would be the only one eating them. The Mr, Charisse and her Super Model daughter wanted no parts of them.
They’re also pretty good in yogurt and I have plans to add some to one of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes. These waffles are really good, be adventurous and give them a try. If you’ve tasted Cacao Nibs before let me know what you think, yay or nay.
Waffles with Cacao Nibs – Adapted from Edible Garden
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
2 TBS sugar
1 egg, separated
¼ cup canola oil
1 cup milk
½ tsp vanilla bean paste
¼ cup raw cacao nibs
Non stick spray or butter for the waffle iron
Separate the egg. Mix the flour, egg yolk, sugar, oil, baking powder, milk and vanilla bean paste in a bowl. Whisk well to get the smoothest batter possible but don‘t fret if a few lumps remain. In a small bowl devoid of any oil, whip the egg white until soft peaks form. Gently fold in the whipped egg white to the rest of the batter. Next, also with a very light hand fold in the cacao nibs. Heat your waffle iron and brush lightly with melted butter or give it a good spritz with the non stick spray. I used approximately 2/3 cup of batter for each waffle. Cover and cook until both sides are crisp and golden brown. I’m sure my waffle maker was the first one ever made so I had to hit it with the nonstick spray for each waffle. Brush or spread with a bit of butter and serve with maple syrup. The real stuff if it’s in your budget. This recipe four good size waffles that I hope will rock your breakfast world!