5 Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipes

Hot Chocolate is so good when it’s cold outside!  And a good organic Cacao Powder has some amazing qualities:

  • Cacao is a potent source of flavonoid antioxidants, one of the richest in the world
  • A rich source of Magnesium which is necessary for over 300 biological functions in the body
  • Contains Theobromine, providing a slow release of non-jittery energy throughout the day
  • Can boost your mood, increasing feelings of love and happiness while blocking feelings of depression

Don’t blow all your hard work exercising on those overly sugar laden versions.   Check out the recipes I found from The Healthy Maven (https://www.thehealthymaven.com/healthy-hot-chocolate-recipe/).   I’ve added a link to my favorite cacao power in each recipe.

INGREDIENTS

Vanilla Bean Coconut Hot Chocolate:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Chai-Spiced Hot Chocolate:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp chai spice mix (1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp cloves, 1/4 tsp ginger, pinch of cardamom)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Banana Hot Chocolate:

  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder

Mexican Hot Chocolate:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Peppermint Hot Chocolate:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract or a few drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey

INSTRUCTIONS

For all recipes:

  1. Begin by adding your almond or coconut milk to a small pot and bring to a slow roll over medium heat.
  2. Add in all ingredients and whisk until mix-ins are well combined with milk.
  3. Serve immediately.

For the banana hot chocolate:

  1. Blend banana and coconut milk in the blender
  2. Continue with instructions listed above

 
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