Cocoa substitutes are important since powder seems to be one of those ingredients you always have in stock – until you don’t. A key ingredient in many chocolate , discovering possible alternatives to cocoa powder is essential for any chef with a tooth.
If you are looking for cocoa powder substitute because of an allergy or just the lack of it in your kitchen you can check out the list of some amazing substitutes!
Cocoa Powder Substitutes
The best cocoa powder substitutes include solid carob powder, hot cocoa powder, and sweetened among others.,
Solid Cacao (or Unsweetened Baking Chocolate)
Note: When substituting solid cacao, cacao nibs, or baking chocolate for cocoa powder, it is best to melt the solid bar fully before adding it to the mixture.
Carob powder form is an easy and direct substitute for cocoa powder, and you can use the exact amount of carob powder as is listed for cocoa powder. Although it is similar to chocolate in richness and has a similar flavor, it is fruitier, less bitter and therefore not to everyone’s taste.
Hot Cocoa Powder
The hot cocoa powder is a ready-to-drink mix of cocoa powder, sugar, milk solids and sometimes other spices. As a substitute, it is best to increase the amount of hot cocoa to get the full chocolate flavor and reduce the levels of elsewhere in the recipe to compensate for the sweetness of the cacao powder. This is best done according to taste, as the ingredients for hot cocoa powders vary greatly.
Sweetened chocolate is a good substitute of cocoa powder. Like the unsweetened baking chocolate and cacao, sweetened chocolate needs to be melted before being added to the recipe.