Healthy Hot Chocolate (GF + Vegan)
…need I say more?
I feel like I have reverted back to my childhood this winter…making hot chocolate regularly and bringing that to work while my coworkers sip on their dark cups of coffee. My body has always reacted poorly to caffeine, causing headaches and tummy aches that last all day. I love starting my mornings at work with a warm beverage to enjoy.
A few years ago, I started making non-dairy milk steamers to change up my daily morning herbal tea routine. Since then, I have gone beyond plain warmed milk by adding various spices. I started making Nutrition Stripped warm Turmeric Milk, which I HIGHLY recommend trying, then thought it may be tasty to add in some raw cacao…then more cacao…until I ended up with hot chocolate, with a dash of turmeric. Turmeric has been used in Eastern cultures as a healing spice for centuries. Turmeric Milk has been a long tradition in Eastern cultures as well, and has become one of my absolute favorites.
Hot chocolate mixes found in the supermarket are sugar laden, and some contain powdered dairy milk (which what even is that?!). While they may give you an initial sugar rush, they will leave you feeling groggy.
This superfood healthy hot chocolate is loaded with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, and healthy fats (from the milk), as well as Iron and Manganese…so make yourself a warm cup of hot cocoa, maybe topping it with some coconut whipped cream for an especially delicious treat. It will give you a little kick and leave you feeling re-energized.
- ½ c Unsweetened Almond or Cashew Milk (homemade is best!)
- ½ c Filtered Water
- 1 tbsp Raw Cacao Powder
- ½ tsp Maca Powder
- 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
- ½ tbsp Honey, or Maple Syrup
- Dash of Cinnamon
- Pinch of Fresh Cracked Pepper
- Warm the milk and water, on stove or microwave
- Blend or whisk in remaining ingredients
Adding a tsp of Extra Virgin coconut oil will make it extra creamy and give it an additional boost of healthy fats
Hope everyone had a beautiful Valentine’s Day!