This Superfood Hot Cocoa Is Actually Good For You
Written by: Kat Gal
This healthy hot chocolate recipe will literally change your life.
Holiday season, winter time, cold weather, or just simply wanting to feel cozy all call for hot chocolate. I absolutely love it. Hot chocolate brings up so many fuzzy memories, such as my grandma reading me stories while I was sipping on my yummy drink for a while. These recent past winters I loved cozying up with a warm blanket, my journal and a cup of cacao filled with inspiration, putting my magical ideas on paper.
Unfortunately, the top hot cocoa brands are all full of processed ingredients and too much processed sugar, leading to inflammation, health issues and low energy.
Thanks to this recipe, you will be able to enjoy a delicious cup of hot chocolate without sacrificing your health; in fact, you’ll be improving it. This hot chocolate is healthy, plant-based, full of superfoods, all-natural, packed with medicinal properties and can be made strict vegan.
Check out the ingredients that make this recipe so good and healthy!
Raw cacao has 40 times more antioxidants than blueberries. It is filled with magnesium, calcium and plant-based iron. Raw cacao is a mood elevator that fights depression. It keeps inflammation, cancer and other diseases away. Chocolate superpower, heck yes.
Raw honey is naturally sweet and oh, so good for you. It is anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial, making it the best natural medicine ever that’s good for just about any ailment and disease. If you are strict vegan, you can use maple syrup, date paste or coconut sugar (at equal amounts to honey) as natural sweeteners.
Coconut oil is another superfood that’s good for everything. It strengthens your immune system, combats inflammation, helps control diabetes, is great for your heart, is good for your digestion and can reduce your risk of cancer. It is a fantastic anti- inflammatory, antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial substance.
Maca powder is an Incan superfood with magical benefits. It is great for your immune system, fills you with energy and provides relief from anxiety. As an extra bonus, maca does wonders for your hormonal system, provides relief for menstrual pain and increases your healthy sex drive.
Almond milk is an excellent alternative to dairy. It is great for your health, bone health and skin. Almond milk balances your blood sugar and is beneficial for weight management. Almond milk is is also cruelty-free and plant-based. For this recipe you can also use other nut milks, such as macadamia milk, hemp milk or hazelnut milk, which all have similarly wonderful benefits.
Here is how to make it.
Superfood Hot Cocoa
- 2 cups of almond milk, unsweetened (you can use other nut milks if you wish).
- 1 tbsp of raw cacao powder (add an extra ½ tbsp if you really love chocolate).
- 1 tbsp of raw honey (or maple syrup, date paste, coconut sugar for strict vegans).
- 2 tsp coconut oil.
- 1 tsp maca powder (this is optional, especially great if you are drinking it in the morning for extra energy).
- Heat the almond milk on medium heat.
- Add the raw cacao powder, raw honey, coconut oil and maca. Mix well for about 1-2 minutes.
The recipe makes 2 cups. Sharing is caring, so enjoy it with a loved one.
Tip: If you like spiced hot chocolate, you can add a dash of cinnamon or peppermint to taste.
What are the best memories you have related to hot chocolate? Share them in the comments below. We would love to hear from you and learn more about you.
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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