Cacao nibs are cocoa beans that are roasted, separated from their hulls and then broken into smaller pieces. They are purchased at health food or gourmet stores and are typically eaten as a snack or added to baked goods. They have a distinct chocolate flavor, but are not sweet.
Studies show that cacao nibs are nutritionally dense and high in antioxidants. They are a good source of magnesium, calcium, copper, zinc and potassium, and are higher in antioxidants than green tea, red wine and blueberries. Besides being added to baked goods, cacao nibs can be added to smoothies, brittle or trail mix.