New Favorite Oatmeal Topping: Cacao Nibs

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This past weekend, I combined my love for chocolate cacao nibs and steel cut oatmeal and thus, a perfect new–to–me breakfast was born. Their slight acidity, earthy flavor and crunch makes them an ideal pair to a bowl of comforting oatmeal. And a little chocolate never hurt first thing in the morning!

Cacao nibs are the dried, fermented seed of the cocoa pod. They are the basis of chocolate products, and have a very chocolatey taste and aroma, minus the sweetness. You can find them at a local natural foods store (any Whole Foods will have them too). I keep mine in the freezer to retain the freshness.