I love a good hot chocolate, especially during this time of year where in my neck of the woods, late autumn feels more like winter. And while I do enjoy a treat every now and then, I love being able to enjoy hot chocolate in a healthy way.
There are many versions of hot cacao and it is really all about finding the flavouring combo that works for you.
What you need:
1 tbsp to 1/4 cup Raw Cacao powder, I use this.
1/4 cup Coconut manna or coconut oil, I use this.
1 tbsp Hemp hearts, I use these.
1/4 cup Cashew mylk.
A sweetener like sugar, maple syrup, or dates. I prefer using dates as they add more nutrients and are great to sweeten it up. Add as much as you feel necessary. I usually find two dates soaked for 3o min do the trick (remember to remove the pits!!).
1 – 2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Turmeric
1/4 cup Boiled water
A blender – I use my Nurti-Bullet
I tend to eyeball my measurements and you can adjust based on how chocolate-y you like your cacao. I would start with a table spoon and add more if desired.
It is as simple as combining all ingredients in a blender until it is pure liquid.
In addition to the ingredients mentioned above.
So, what is this good for? Well, in addition to being a tasty, warm drink that is great for those chilly winter nights, it has a plethora of health benefits.
Cacao is packed with nutrients from protein to magnesium and a high does of antioxidants, you can’t go wrong. To learn more about the amazing benefits of cacao check out this article.
Hemp hearts are full of vitamins and minerals and are a complete protein. Per serving hemp hearts contain about 10g of protein! They also contain calcium, iron, thiamine, phosphorous, magnesium, folate, riboflavin and vitamin b6! They really are a miracle food.
This drink really has everything you need and it warms you right up! If you like some spice with your chocolate, consider adding a touch of cayenne pepper for a little extra heat. Enjoy!