Cacao Coffee Recipe

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cocoa coffee

It’s been a good two months since I gave up coffee.  Surprisingly it was easier than I thought it would be, mind you,  I did switch to decaf a couple of months before I gave up the bitter brew.    The only thing I miss about my morning cup of Joe is that dark bitter taste and the smell.  OMG, the smell of good coffee can make me curl my toes up with happiness.

I knew I had to have this feeling back and when I stumbled onto Cacao coffee at my grocery store it love at first sip.  Bitter and pretty much caffeine free (it has tiny tiny amount of caffeine in it), I knew I was going to have to make it my own.

cocoa coffee

This recipe is crazy simple. Seriously.  You just roast raw cacao nibs and then grind them in your coffee grinder.   I added my two favorite ingredients – gelatin and heavy whipping cream and then I am in heaven for the next hour.

cocoa coffee

cocoa coffee

Cacao Coffee Recipe

Course: Drinks
Keyword: adding cacao to coffee
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 335 kcal
Author: Kelly Bejelly @ A Girl Worth Saving



  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the cacao nibs in a thin layer on a baking sheet.
  3. Place in the oven and let cook for 15 - 18 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and let cool. Store in an airtight jar.
  5. To make a cup of Cacao coffee, you will need 1 tablespoon of Cacao nibs per 1 cup of boiling water.
  6. Place the cacao nibs in your coffee grinder and pulse Four times for 2 seconds each. If you hold the button down you will get a powder. Remove and place in your french press and add boiling water.
  7. Let seep for 5 to 8 minutes.
  8. In your cup add your gelatin and splash of cold water and stir with spoon.
  9. Pour in your cacao coffee and add coconut oil and cinnamon.
  10. TIP: You can save your grounds and dry them out in the oven at 300 for 8 minutes and then grind them into a fine flour and use them in baking.
Nutrition Facts
Cacao Coffee Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 335 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 2mg0%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 8g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. Liz Mays June 4, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Wow, that is way easier than I was expecting. Even I would be willing to do that!

  2. Nikko June 4, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Interesting idea, but does it end up just tasting like hot cocoa?

    1. Kelly Bejelly June 5, 2014 at 7:18 am

      It is very similar, more like hot chocolate water. The neat thing is your can save your “grounds” and dry them out in the oven again and use them in baking.

  3. Jeannine June 4, 2014 at 4:41 pm


  4. Sam Shields June 5, 2014 at 4:50 am

    I can’t wait to try this! I have Cocoa Nibs in my pantry. Adorable mug!

  5. Knocked Up knocked over June 11, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I can’t wait to try this! I roasted my nips this morning and will give it a try tomorrow. I’m a little concerned that the long roasting time may have burned them, though. I ended up turning off my oven for the 15 minutes. It holds heat well, so this is sometimes a trick I use. Do you have tips to keep the nibs from scorching?

    1. Kelly Bejelly June 11, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      I would reduce the roasting time to 10 -12 minutes if you know your stove runs a little hot. I hope you like them. I didn’t have an issue with my stove.

  6. Alicia G June 19, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Oh yummmmm. Do you think this would work without the gelatin?

    I love your whole blog!

    1. Kelly Bejelly June 19, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks Alicia 🙂 Yes, you can totally skip the gelatin.

  7. Jodi Rose July 17, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    The recipe calls for melted coconut oil, but the instructions say coconut milk. Which is correct?

    1. Kelly Bejelly July 19, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      Whoops, honestly you could use either. I changed it to oil though.

  8. Rhonda McKezie September 15, 2015 at 11:42 am

    I already have the cacao powder and I don’t have a coffee press…..Can this coffee be doable??

    1. Kelly Bejelly September 24, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      Hrmm. . I don’t think that it would work hun. You can try?

  9. Ann Migliore October 12, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Hi Kelly, I love your book, Paleo Eats! I purchased it in March and have been happily experimenting with it since then. Your coconut cinnamon cereal is a hit in my house, as well as your pizza crust. Garlic fried rice is also a winner. Thank you for sharing with us your expertise! I just found your blog, and look forward to trying cacao coffee soon. God bless you!

    1. Kelly Bejelly October 13, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Thank you Ann! I am sending you have a virtual hug 🙂 God bless you and I wish you joy on your journey!

  10. Georgia May 17, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Can I add it to my coffee?

  11. Cherry July 28, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Hi! What brand do you recommend to grind the cacao nibs?


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