Baobab Powder Uses

Baobab powder is a nutritional powerhouse that offers a wide range of health benefits.

Baobab Powder Uses

Native to Africa, the baobab fruit has been used medicinally for centuries to boost immunity, aid digestion, and promote healthy skin.

The mildly sweet, citrussy powder can be easily incorporated into various dishes and drinks.

Add Baobab Powder to Smoothies

One of the easiest ways to use baobab powder is to blend it into smoothies. The tangy flavor pairs perfectly with sweet fruits, while the vitamin C helps your body absorb the iron from ingredients like spinach.

Some smoothie recipe ideas include:

  • Mixed berry baobab smoothie: Blend baobab powder with frozen mixed berries, banana, almond milk, and honey.
  • Green baobab smoothie: Blend baobab with spinach, mango, banana, Greek yogurt, and almond milk.
  • Tropical baobab smoothie: Blend baobab powder with pineapple, mango, coconut water, and ice.

Key Takeaway: Baobab powder blends seamlessly into fruit and green smoothies, adding vitamin C and a tangy citrus flavor.

Mix Baobab Powder into Oatmeal

For a nutritional boost to your morning oatmeal, stir in one to two teaspoons of baobab powder after cooking. The citrussy flavor pairs well with sweet toppings like fruit, honey, cinnamon, raisins or brown sugar.

Some oatmeal recipe ideas with baobab powder:

  • Apple pie oatmeal: Cook oats with milk, then mix in baobab powder, diced apple, cinnamon and walnuts.
  • Blueberry banana baobab oats: Prepare oatmeal with milk or water, then mix in fresh blueberries, banana slices, baobab powder and a drizzle of maple syrup.
  • Baobab chia overnight oats: Mix milk, chia seeds, baobab powder and diced mango. Refrigerate overnight.

Sprinkle on Yogurt, Fruit and Cereal

For a simple way to get your daily dose of vitamin C, sprinkle one teaspoon of baobab powder onto dishes like yogurt, fruit salads and cereal. The mild citrus flavor enhances the sweetness of the foods without overpowering them.

Here are some easy ideas:

  • Top Greek yogurt with fresh berries and baobab powder
  • Toss baobab powder into a fruit salad with mango, berries and melon
  • Sprinkle on top of cold cereal or porridge along with fruit

Key Takeaway: Adding just a teaspoon gives yogurt, fruit salads and cereal an extra dose of nutrients thanks to the vitamin and mineral content of baobab powder.

Blend into Desserts and Baked Goods

The mildly tangy baobab powder can add moisture and nutrition to all kinds of baked goods, from cookies to muffins to breads. For the best results, whisk the powder with the wet ingredients rather than mixing it directly into the dry ingredients.

Here are some baked good recipes to try with baobab powder:

  • Banana baobab muffins - Mix into the wet batter before baking
  • Baobab chocolate zucchini bread - Fold into the wet mixture before adding to dry
  • Baobab macaroons - Mix powder into the egg whites before folding into the almond flour
  • Peanut butter baobab protein balls - Mix powder into the dates before rolling into balls

Make Baobab Fruit Leather

Did you know you can make baobab fruit leather? To draw out even more of the natural sweetness of the powder, mix it with a bit of water or juice to form a thick paste. Spread this paste onto a parchment lined baking sheet and dry out in the oven or a dehydrator. The end result is a sweet and tangy fruit leather strip that satisfies a sweet tooth.

Stir Baobab Powder into Drinks

Stirring baobab powder into drinks is one of the traditional ways it has been consumed in Africa for generations. For a nutritional version of lemonade, mix with water, lemon juice and sweeteners like honey or maple syrup.

Some drink ideas include:

  • Baobab lemonade - Stir powder into water, lemon juice and honey
  • Baobab iced tea - Mix baobab powder with cooled black or herbal tea and ice
  • Baobab hot chocolate - Blend powder into heated milk before adding cocoa powder
  • Baobab coffee - Add one teaspoon per cup of coffee

Make Baobab Jam

The natural pectin fiber in baobab powder makes it perfect for making homemade jam. Mix baobab powder with crushed fruit like strawberries, blackberries or mangoes and cook over low heat with lemon juice and sweetener like honey or maple syrup. The baobab acts as a natural thickener.

Use in Curries, Soups and Stews

In Africa, baobab powder is regularly used to thicken and add nutrients to curries, soups and stews. The mild flavor allows the ingredients to shine while adding an extra dose of vitamins and minerals.

For savory baobab recipes, try:

  • West African peanut stew - Mix in a teaspoon of baobab powder as it simmers
  • Coconut carrot soup - Blend in one teaspoon of baobab powder for creaminess
  • Chickpea baobab curry over rice - Stir one tablespoon of powder into the sauce

Key Takeaway: Thanks to its fiber content, baobab acts as a natural thickener for soups, curries and stews, adding nutrients without altering flavors.

Make a Nutrient-Packed Salad Dressing

The tangy citrus flavor makes baobab powder perfect for mixing into oil and vinegar salad dressings. As an added bonus, the powder helps emulsify and thicken the dressing.

Try making:

  • Baobab balsamic vinaigrette - Whisk together balsamic vinegar, baobab powder, olive oil and Dijon mustard
  • Baobab lemon dressing - Mix lemon juice, baobab powder, olive oil and garlic
  • Baobab berry dressing - Blend baobab powder with raspberries, apple cider vinegar and honey

Add to Homemade Granola Bars and Energy Bars

Since baobab powder is packed with vitamins and minerals, it makes an excellent addition to no-bake granola bars and energy bars. Mix it into the sticky wet ingredients like nut butter, honey or maple syrup before combining everything and pressing into a baking pan.

Granola and energy bar recipe ideas:

  • Coconut cashew baobab bars - Add powder to the honey and almond butter
  • Baobab peanubutter chocolate bars - Mix into the melted chocolate and peanut butter
  • Pumpkin seed cranberry baobab bars - Stir into the mashed banana and almond butter

Mix with Coconut Water or Fruit Juice for an Electrolyte Drink

With its high amounts of electrolytes like potassium, magnesium and calcium, baobab powder makes an excellent natural sports drink. Simply mix one serving of baobab powder with coconut water or fruit juice like orange juice or pineapple juice. The hint of tartness is refreshing and hydrating after exercise.

Add Baobab Powder to Hot Beverages

The citrussy baobab powder pairs nicely with warming winter drinks like coffee and herbal tea. Simply stir half a teaspoon into your hot mug of choice for an extra dose of vitamin C to help fight colds. It also adds a hint of tangy sweetness.

Some hot baobab beverage ideas:

  • Baobab herbal tea - Mix powder into hibiscus, chamomile or ginger tea
  • Vanilla baobab coffee - Add powder along with vanilla to hot coffee
  • Iced baobab chai tea - Mix with milk, spices and sweetener then pour over ice

Key Takeaway: Baobab powder brings its nutritional benefits to warming beverages like coffee and tea while adding pleasant citrus flavors.

Make DIY Vitamin C Skin Products

Thanks to its exceptionally high vitamin C content, baobab powder can be used to make your own DIY skin care products to support skin health. Vitamin C is essential for collagen production and protecting skin against damage from pollution and UV rays.

Some baobab skincare recipes to try:

  • Baobab citrus face scrub - Mix powder into honey, olive oil, lemon juice and sugar then gently scrub skin
  • Baobab anti-aging serum - Mix powder with argan oil, vitamin E and resveratrol and apply to cleansed skin
  • Soothing baobab lotion - Add powder to shea butter, coconut oil and lavender essential oil


What does baobab powder taste like?

Baobab powder has a slightly sweet and tart flavor often described as tropical fruit, pear, grapefruit or sherbet.

How much baobab powder should you consume per day?

1-3 teaspoons per day is recommended. Start with small amounts to see how your body responds then increase gradually. Consuming baobab powder with foods enhances absorption of the nutrients.

What is the best way to store baobab powder?

Like other superfood powders, baobab powder should be stored in an airtight container away from heat, light and moisture to preserve freshness and nutrient content. Powder can be refrigerated or frozen for maximum shelf life of up to 24 months.


Packed with vitamin C, antioxidants, electrolytes and prebiotic fiber, nutrient-dense baobab powder can be used in smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt, baked goods, jam, salad dressing, soups, bars, juices and skin care products.

Thanks to its mild citrussy flavor and natural thickening abilities, baobab powder seamlessly boosts both the nutrition and texture of sweet and savory foods and beverages.

Adding just one to two teaspoons per day allows you to reap the immunity-boosting, skin-supporting benefits of this African superfruit.

Sarah Cortez
Sarah Cortez

My name is Sarah and I'm a baker who loves trying out new recipes and flavor combinations. I decided to challenge myself to use a new spice or ingredient powder in my baking each week for a year. Some successes were the cardamom sugar cookies, vivid turmeric cake, and beetroot chocolate cupcakes. Failures included the bitter neem brownies and overwhelmingly hot ghost pepper snickerdoodles. Through this experience I've discovered amazing additions to spice up desserts while learning how to balance strong flavors. Follow my journey as I push the boundaries of baking with unique powders!

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