How Many Syns In Cacao Powder? Find Out Here!

Updated on 
9 January, 2023

Is Cacao Powder Slimming World Friendly? Can I Use It On The SW Plan?

If you are looking to do some healthy slimming world baking while losing weight, or maybe you are craving hot chocolate, you might be curious as to how many syns cacao powder has on the slimming world plan.

Is Cacao Powder Slimming World Friendly? Can I Use It On The SW Plan?

Cacao powder has on average around 2.5 syns a tablespoon making it low in syns on the plan, you could have up to six tablespoons before using all of your 15 syn daily allowance.

In our syn guide below, we will discuss in further detail if cacao powder is good for weight loss, some syn values of different cacao powder brands and some low syn alternatives if you love chocolate!

Is Cacao Powder Good For Weight Loss?

If you've been looking into healthier baking options then cacao powder could be a great option and is typically the raw less processed form of your standard cocoa powder.

Cacao powder could be great for weight loss, at just 2.5 syns a tablespoon, this is because it has caffeine in and no added sugar, allowing you to keep syns low when making a hot chocolate

For example, combining cacao powder, sweetener, water and some milk as your healthy extra A could make a very low-syn hot chocolate in comparison to store-bought brands (see our syn list here).

Is Cacao Powder Good For Weight Loss?

Cacao Powder Syn Values

Cacao powder has similar syn values no matter the brand you choose, so as you can compare syns we've listed some options below.

  • Naturya Fairtrade Organic Cacao Powder 250g - 4.5 syns.
  •  Funktional Foods This is Cacao Powder 100g - 2.5 syns a tablespoon.
  •  The Raw Chocolate Co Raw Cacao Powder - 0.5 syns a tablespoon.
  •  Bulk Powders Active Foods Organic Raw Cacao Nibs 250g - 4.5 syns.
  •  Grape Tree Organic Cacao Powder 500g - 2.5 syns.
  •  Aduna Super Cacao Powder 275g - 0.5 syns.
  •  Creative Nature Organic Raw Natural Cacao Powder 200g - 0.5 syns.
  •  Reflex Nutrition Plant-Based Protein Powder Cacao & Caramel Flavour 600g - 5.5 syns.
  •  Bulk Powders Organic Cacao Powder 500g - 2.5 syns.
  •  The Organic Protein Company Raw Cacao & Maca Organic Whey Protein Powder 400g - 5 syns.
  •  Lidl Alesto Organic Cacao Powder 100g - 1.5 syns.
  •  Choc Chick Raw Cacao Powder 250g - 2 syns for 10g.
  •  Bioglan Superfoods Organic Cacao Powder 100g - 2 syns for 10g.
  •  Bulk Powders Organic Cacao Powder 100g - 1.5 syns.
  •  Aldi The Foodie Market Organic Cacao Powder 100g - 3.5 syns for 20g.
Cacao Powder Syn Values

Low Syn Alternatives To Cacao Powder

If you find cacao powder to be too high in syns, there are plenty of low-syn alternatives for baking or making hot drinks.

  • Tesco Cocoa Powder 200g - 0.5 syns a tablespoon.
  •  Aldi The Pantry Cocoa Powder 250g - 1 syn for 5g.
  •  Sainsbury's Cocoa Powder 250g - 0.5 syns.
  •  Naturya Organic Cacao Nibs 300g - 4.5 syns for 15g.
  •  Nesquik Milk Slice Choco Cacao 4 x 26g (104g) - 5 syns.
  •  Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa Intense Dark 100g - 2.5 syns for 10g.
  •  Graze Protein Oat Boosts Cereal Bar Cocoa Vanilla 30g - 6.5 syns.
  •  Sainsbury's Low-Calorie Instant Fairtrade Hot Chocolate 250g - 2 syns.
  •  Galaxy Instant Hot Chocolate Jar 370g - 5 syns.
  •  Hubbard's Foodstore Instant Hot Chocolate Drink 400g - 5.5 syns.
  •  Ovaltine Malted Drink, Chocolate, Light 300g - 4 syns.
  •  Green & Black's Organic Hot Chocolate 300g - 9.5 syns.
  •  Clipper Fairtrade Instant Hot Chocolate 350g - 5 syns.
  •  Aero Instant Hot Chocolate Powder Jar 288g - 5 syns.
  •  Twinings Swiss Hot Chocolate 350g - 9 syns.

Final Words

Overall, Cacao powder is fairly low in syns, having 2.5 syns a tablespoon meaning you can have up to 6 on the slimming world plan. Cacao powder is a great baking ingredient to use on the plan or for making hot chocolates since it is naturally low in sugar, allowing you to add sweetener to cancel out the bitterness instead.

Low Syn Alternatives To Cacao Powder

If you want to see how many syns cocoa powder has in comparison to cacao powder, we have a syn guide for cocoa powder here.

Jennifer is a certified nutritionist and weight loss coach with a Master's in Nutrition from Cambridge. With over 10 years experience, she shares healthy recipes and science-backed slimming tips on SheCooksSheEats to help people reach their wellness goals. Jennifer stays up-to-date by regularly attending conferences and continuing her nutrition education. She aims to provide research-backed advice to inspire balanced, happy living.
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