Crio Bru: Cookies For the Win

March 7, 2014

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You know when you wake up in the morning, you need a little something extra to get yourself going on the right foot? I mean, clearly you do… Coffee shops like Starbucks are all over the freaking place. Starbuck, Caribu, Biggby, and Tim Hortons just to name a few…

Well, like most people, I need a little extra help in the morning. But I LOATHE coffee. Love the smell, if I could drink the smell I would. But I can’t, and frankly, I just can’t stand the taste. That being said, however I do generally get my caffeine buzz from tea or every great once in a while I’ll treat myself to a rich, yummy hot chocolate.

I’ve tried them all, Starbucks, Caribu, Timmy’s… They’re good, but $$. So when I was offered the shot to try out this *new* type of hot cocoa, I pretty much leaped out of my chair into my computer screen.

Crio Bru is one ingredient. Ground Cocoa Beans.

I mean, it can’t really get any better than that can it?

Well, lets just say I don’t think Starbucks will be offering me a job as a barista anytime soon. I don’t think I actually brewed it correctly.

Crio Bru is a packet of ground cocoa beans that you actually brew with either a french press (don’t have one…) or a regular coffee machine. You’ll need a gold filter (don’t worry I and to google what that was too) because the paper filters just won’t cut it. I heard from some of my fellow bloggers that tried it in a french press that it turned out better.  So I’m going to take their word for it that I just messed something up big time and that whatever came out of my coffeemaker wasn’t was it was supposed to taste like.

However– When I was doing my research of the product, I noticed that they had recipes that you could use it in.

YOU CAN BAKE WITH THIS STUFF!

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So of course, I baked…

And wouldn’t you know it, the cookies turned out pretty darn good!. I use my Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe with the substitution of 1/3 Cup Cocoa Power & 1/3 Cup Crio Bru Maya and then made the recipe like regular after that.

The cookies came out a bit fluffier, more brownie-like, with hints of cinnamon, vanilla and cayenne. Perfect to get that hint of spice, but nothing over-whelming.

Overall I’m satisfied with the baking aspect of this product, I think I could use it in other recipes and it would turn out pretty well too. Creme Brûlée anyone? Maybe Chocolate Pots? The chocolate itself being ground up Cocoa beans is a bit bitter, but when combined with the sugary sweetness in dessert you get a real rich chocolate flavor without too much sweet.

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More fun facts about Crio Bru and Cocoa Beans taken straight from Crio’s Site:

The cocoa beans used in Crio Brü and Crio Beans are superior to most foods because they deliver so many nutrients that we each need to boost health and wellness*. Here is list of some of the benefits of incorporating cocoa beans into your life:

Boost your immune system

  • Antioxidants fight oxidative damage and free radicals in the body. Cocoa (or cacao) contains the highest concentration of antioxidants of any food in the world, including polyphenols, catechins, and epicatechins. By weight, cocoa has more antioxidants than red wine, blueberries, açai, pomegranates, and goji berries combined. To see the ORAC USDA chart, go to our Crio FAQs page.
  • Zinc plays a critical role in supporting your immune system, liver, pancreas and skin.
Increase energy naturally

  • Cocoa beans contain a natural stimulant called theobromine that is a relative of caffeine. Unlike caffeine, theobromine gives you a noticeable increase in energy without making you feel nervous or jittery. Cacao naturally contains about 1% theobromine.
  • Theobromine is gentle, mild, has a slow onset, is long lasting and non-addictive whereas caffeine is intense, strong, fast acting, short lived and addictive. In short, it gives you healthy energy as part of a healthy diet.
Curb your appetite and lose weight

  • Cocoa is one of the great weight loss foods because within its extraordinary nutrition profile it contains the minerals and molecules that help curb appetite, promote weight loss and healthy living.
  • Compared to soda, fruit juice and other drinks, Crio Brü has a nominal number of calories and only 1.5 carbs per serving with many health benefits making it an incredibly healthy drink and a great addition to any health and fitness program.
Support your heart, digestive system, brain and bones

  • Cocoa has more magnesium than any other food, which supports the heart, aids digestion, balances brain chemistry and builds strong bones. Over 80% of Americans are chronically magnesium deficient.
  • Crio Brü is a 100% gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, fat free food.
  • Crio Beans are a 100% gluten free, dairy free, cholesterol free, soy free and sodium free food.
Oxygenate the blood and maintain healthy blood sugar levels

  • The trace mineral manganese found in cacao assists iron to oxygenate the blood and form hemoglobin.
  • Found naturally in cacao, copper helps build healthy blood.
  • Nearly 80% of Americans are deficient of the trace mineral chromium that helps promote a healthy blood sugar level.
  • This is another reason Crio Beans are truly a healthy chocolate.
Feel great, increase focus, reduce stress and sleep better

  • An endorphin or “bliss chemical” called anadamide is produced by our body after exercise that makes us feel great. It has also been found in one plant – cacao.
  • Our body produces the chemical phenylethylamine when we fall in love and increases focus and alertness. This natural chemical is also found abundantly in cacao.
  • Cacao contains serotonin, a primary neurotransmitter in the body that helps build a “stress defense shield”.
  • Tryptophan is a natural anti-depressant amino acid contained in cacao that transforms into stress-protective neurotransmitters that enhance relaxation and promote better sleep.

So it’s good for your heath too!

Well, maybe the cookies aren’t. But if I can pretend that the Crio Bru made them just slightly healthier for me… well, I might just have a few more…

Toodles!

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