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ORGANIC PANELA (Traditional unrefined sweetener)

ORGANIC PANELA (Traditional unrefined sweetener)


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Recently while in Colombia, I learned even more about this amazing sweetener.

Panela is different than any other “raw sugar” on the market because it is NON CENTRIFUGAL, meaning it’s genuinely not processed and is completely unrefined. All of the nutritional and mineral rich molasses, unlike other types of sugar, is kept in tact.

Other names for Panela are Gula Melaka and Jaggery.

It has been used in Central & South America traditionally for many purposes, both for healing and for mixing with their drinking chocolate (or in our case, kakao AND healing are the same thing ;))

My panela partner in Colombia was telling me that many people who are diabetic tell him all the time how this is the ONE sweetener they can use that doesn’t spike their blood sugar levels.

Intuitively I already felt this in my own body for years, but it was great to hear it from people that are actually monitoring their exact blood sugar levels daily.

Recently there was a big study done by the Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science at the University Putra Malaysia, on non centrifugal panela. Some of my favorite quotes in the study include:

“Various investigations showed that non cetrifugal sugar could avert pathological conditions caused by oxidative stress.”

“In vitro studies revealed that NCS could remove free radicals.”

“It is reported to have a lower GI (54), improved satiety, glycemic profiles, and plasma total antioxidant capacity (TAC) compared to refined sugar.”

“Some studies have highlighted that NCS can reduce the inflammatory status or produce anti-inflammatory substances.”

There were pages of more information included around the positive impacts of panela in relation to its anti-obesity effects, anti-diabetic effects, hypolipidemic effects and more due to its antioxidant biological activity, polyphenol, and mineral content.

All of our panela is 100% organic and overseen by teams that enforce quality and excellence every step of the way.

When you drink my Signature Blend, you can rest assured this is the best type of sweetener for your health.

Now I sell bags of Panela on the KAKAO USA website so that you can make your own recipe using the KAKAO Pure and Nana Marina's ceremonial-grade cacao blocks. Enjoy :) 

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KAKAO Signature Blend & Pure

Ingredients (100% Organic, Ethically Sourced from Wild, Family Owned Farms) - Click to expand


1. Cacao Paste Made With Whole Native Cacao Beans*

2. Panela**

3. Vanilla Bean

4. Chile

*Specific strain/variety: Cacao Chuncho from Peru

**Panela: organic unrefined sweetener. High in minerals and known for its healing properties.



Cacao Paste Made With Whole Native Cacao Beans*

*Specific strain/variety: Cacao Chuncho from Peru

Stone Ground, Minimally Processed and Produced with Intention

Never tempered or conched. Stone ground only. Whole beans always.

Every batch is intentionally made and blessed.

NOT a block (in non-summer months)

KAKAO is not sold as a solid block, but rather as a granular product that you can easily scoop.

But rest assured, this is Ceremonial Cacao Paste that you're looking for.

If KAKAO was left in the sun, it would melt and return to its original block form, which we simply chopped in a food processor for your convenience.

In non-summer months, it will arrive to your doorstep as a granular product that you can scoop easily with a tablespoon.

If your KAKAO melts while in transit, click here for instructions.

Nutrition Facts (Click to expand)

KAKAO Signature Blend Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size: 4 tbsp (38g) Calories: 170  Fat: 12g  Sat. Fat: 7g  Trans Fat: 0g  Sodium: 0mg  Total Carbs: 19g  Sugar: 9g  Dietary Fiber: 9g  Protein: 4g 

KAKAO PURE Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size: 3 tbsp (28g) Calories: 126  Fat: 11g  Sat. Fat: 6g  Trans Fat: 0g  Sodium: 0mg  Total Carbs: 9g  Sugar: 0g  Dietary Fiber: 8g  Protein: 3.5g 

No Refined Sugar, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Organic, Beyond Fair Trade

+ Infused with intention, love and blessings by our Founders and Team

Tested for Heavy Metals & Mold

Tested for Heavy Metals & Mold and on the Top Recommended Cacao Brands list by Dr. Christian Gonzales.

How is KAKAO different from the cacao powder at the store?

Learn what makes KAKAO unique and what makes it so powerful.


Why choose KAKAO?

1. First heirloom drinking chocolate to the western market (Est 2015)

2. Registered 501c3 Non Profit, with a mission to preserve true native strains of cacao and to support the farmers + communities that cultivate them.

3. DIRECTLY traded; NO cooperatives (due to lack of transparency in sourcing + farmer pay)

4. ONLY Native, Non Hybridized Cacao Beans

5. Woman owned organization committed to core values of living and leading with intention, integrity, authenticity and transparency at every level.

6. Beyond fair trade for all ingredient sourcing

7. Stone ground and minimally processed

8. Tested for Heavy Metals & Mold and on the Top Recommended Cacao Brands list by Dr. Christian Gonzales.



How to make KAKAO

Use a blender that is safe for hot liquids for the creamiest, smoothest KAKAO.

  • Return Policy

    All sales are final and non refundable nor exchangeable.


    Please note that we source our cacao from wild farms and the taste may change from time to time. Please allow for a small adjustment period, especially if you’ve been working with other types of cacao recently. KAKAO is committed to sourcing directly from small wild farms and honoring the origins of this sacred gift from Mother Earth.


    *NOTE ON MELTED KAKAO: If you receive your KAKAO and it has melted back into paste/block form, please click here for instructions. There are no refunds or exchanges for melted KAKAO, as it is entirely safe and up to par with our standards of taste, texture and quality.


    Read our full return policy here.