Hot Chocolate 3 ways.

It is cold here in New Hampshire and there really are not too many things I like to put in my belly more than fine chocolate you can drink. I admit to be quite picky when it comes to chocolate, and even more so when it's served in liquid form, in a mug, topped with whipped cream and marshmallows. Cocoa puts me in my happy place. So, why not have a little fun trying a few variations... you can even call it healthy! Go toss that Swiss Miss watered down powered stuff, or at least save it for those folks who just don't "get" good cocoa. Enjoy!

 

This Hot Cocoa recipe is from a wonderful blog called The Sprouting Seed. Here the chocolate is straight up cacao rather than the cocoa we usually use (which is stripped of basically everything that we can consider good for us).
Here is her recipe: and click HERE to be taken to it directly

Ingredients

13 oz coconut milk 
2.5 Tbsp. cacao powder 
3-4 tsp. local honey (sweetened to your liking)
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 teeny tiny pinch of cayenne
1 tiny pinch of unrefined sea salt

Directions

Warm milk in a saucepan on the stove at medium-low heat until milk is thoroughly heated. Add cacao, honey, cinnamon, a pinch of cayenne and a pinch of sea salt and whisk until smooth, then remove from heat. Pour hot chocolate into your favorite mugs and add homemade marshmallows on top. Sprinkle with a pinch of cacao and add a cinnamon stick for garnish.

Take a look at these claimed benefits of Cacao:
you can buy it HERE if you can't find it locally.

  • promotes healthy skin
  • high in antioxidants
  • high in magnesium
  • mood enhancing
  • contains vitamins and minerals
  • improves brain function
  • alleviates headaches
  • promotes heart health
  • aphrodisia

 

Photo credit Pauline Hanuise for Mind Body Green

Photo credit Pauline Hanuise for Mind Body Green

Maca Hot Chocolate: maca what? 
Maca is supposedly an ancient Peruvian superfood. Get this...

MACA: root of Strength and Balance

Spanish conquistadors recorded in their journals that when they arrived at the puna of Junin in Peru, the babies were well-fed and adults were tall, attributing these characteristics to the diet of maca. The Quechua Indians in the central highlands of Peru continue to consider maca a highly nutritious food with a range of physical benefits and they include it as a regular staple in their diet. Navitas Naturals Maca Powder is loaded with nutritious vitamins, minerals, amino acids and plant sterols, including vitamins B1, B2, B, C, D, E, iron, potassium, copper, magnesium, selenium, phosphorous and calcium. It's a fiber-rich food and a good source of plant protein (about ten percent). Maca root is also a source of fatty acids, and it contains four unique alkaloids (Macaina 1, 2, 3 and 4).
You can buy HERE.

This is the recipe from Mind Body Green.

Vegan Hot Maca Chocolate

Serves 1
Ingredients
1 mug almond milk (or your favorite substitute)
1 heaping teaspoon maca powder
1 heaping teaspoon cacao powder
1 pinch cinnamon

Toppings
Cacao nibs
Cinnamon
Directions
Carefully heat your almond milk to a simmer. Then blend it for a few seconds with your maca and cacao powders.
Pour the liquid into your favorite mug and sprinkle some cacao nibs and cinnamon on top. Enjoy!

Photo credit: Paleo Leap

Photo credit: Paleo Leap

Ahhh, coconut and dark chocolate. This one is so simple and closest to my quick cocoa fix. I have been using hemp milk as this recipe calls for coconut milk. 
Here is the basic recipe:
Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate Recipe
Servings SERVES: 2
Preparation time PREP: 5 min.
Cooking time COOK: 10 min.
Ingredients
1 can (13.5oz) can full fat coconut milk
1.5 oz good quality dark chocolate, finely chopped
¼ tsp vanilla extract

Head on over to Paleo Leap by clicking HERE, they share some great variations such as Peppermint Hot cocoa.
Then browse around for some other fantastic recipes. 
 

Stay warm my friends! Hx

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