We like to use raw cacao powder in our recipes even though it’s rather expensive. Luckily, a little goes a long way. It’s made from the cacao nut, and is minimally processed at a low temperature, preserving most of the fiber, nutrients and antioxidants.
Cocoa powder is also made from the cacao nut, but is more processed, and at a higher temperature. Most cocoa powder is then alkalinized (Dutch-process) which makes for a smoother, but less rich flavor. Cocoa powder still contains some of the nutrients and is less expensive than cacao powder. Either one will work in this recipe, but make sure you buy the unsweetened type (not a cocoa drink mix that contains dairy and sugar).
If you have a powerful blender, add 1-2 pitted dates instead of the honey.