Happy December - Time for Healthy Hot Cacao
Not all cacao is created equal and this recipe is packed with nutrients worthy of enjoying anytime of the day or night.
This recipe is healthier than your average hot chocolate. Using a combination of cacao powder and maca powder. Cacao is the purest form of chocolate and it’s packed with antioxidants, fiber, and magnesium. Maca (powder from the Peruvian maca root) has a malty vanilla flavor and it’s good for fatigue, memory, and a slew of other things. It offers a little pick me up that’s similar but not as extreme as coffee. Perfect for a little morning boost.
Maca Cacao Hot Chocolate
2½ cups almond milk
2 tablespoons cacao powder
1 tablespoon maca powder
2 tablespoon maple syrup, or to taste
½ teaspoon coconut oil
pinch of cinnamon
tiny pinch of sea salt
coconut whip** (see homemade instructions below)
shaved dark chocolate
1. In a blender, mix the almond milk, cacao powder, maca, maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon and salt. (You can also whisk this together by hand). Transfer to a medium saucepan and heat. Taste and adjust the sweetness if desired. If it's too thick, add a little bit more almond milk.
2. Serve with coconut whip and shaved dark chocolate, both optional.
Homemade Coconut Whip:
solids from 1 (14-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
⅓ cup powdered sugar
Few drops of vanilla extract