Healthy Recipes superfood hot chocolate

Published on March 8th, 2017 | by Andrea Bertoli

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Homemade Superfood Hot Chocolate

superfood hot chocolateThis is some serious hot chocolate.

My homemade Superfood Hot Chocolate is one of my most favorite recipes for cool weather days. It’s warming and deeply nourishing and totally delicious! It was a huge saving grace when I decided to quit caffeine, because it provides a little boost without the negative consequences of caffeine.

Cacao contains theobromine, which gives you a little buzz, while the maca works to reduce your stress, boost your energy and even improve the health of your adrenal glands, which can get overtaxed because of stress or too much caffeine. Healthy fats from almond or coconut make the drink yummy, creamy, and nourishing to body and soul.

Maca is a South American root that is one of the very few ‘superfoods’ I splurge on. It can be pricey, but to me it’s worth every penny. This tiny root is credited with a host of benefits, the most important is helping our bodies deal with stress. Check out my in-depth article about why I love maca and how to use maca.

As long as you can get your hands on some maca, this drink is easy to make and infinitely adaptable. Add cinnamon, spices, herbal coffees like Dandy Blend to more to make it your own. And if it’s warm where you live, well, lucky you! Go ahead and make a cold drink featuring these same ingredients, like my caffeine-free Maca Mocha Smoothie drink.

Homemade Superfood Hot Chocolate

This recipe makes a chocolate base which can be used to make about four cups of hot chocolate.

1/2 cup raw cacao powder or chocolate powder
2 Tablespoons of maca powder
1/4 cups liquified (warmed) coconut oil
3-4 Tablespoons maple syrup or agave
Pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, cardamom, or vanilla extract (optional)

To make the hot chocolate drink:
4 cups plant-based milk (almond and coconut are my favorites here)

  1. In a small bowl, gently whisk together the cacao powder, maca, coconut oil, sweetener and other add-ins. The mixture will be dry at first, because cacao is slightly hydrostatic (doesn’t mix with liquid). Whisk slowly until oil and sweetener combines well. You will have a dark chocolate syrup. Taste, and adjust sweetener or spices to taste.
  2. To make hot chocolate, stir 1-2 Tablespoons of this mixture into 1 cup of warmed milk of choice. Stir until chocolate is fully melted, adding more as needed to taste. Sometimes I like it darker, sometimes lighter on the chocolate flavor.
  3. Sip, savor, and nourish!

I’m not gonna lie, I used a stock photo: I hated all the pictures I took of my superfood hot chocolate, so I’m enlisting the help of stock photographers. That being said, the recipe totally works and is super yummy! Hot chocolate image from PixaBay

 


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About the Author

A vegan chef, cookbook author, educator, writer, surfer, and yogi based in Honolulu, Andrea is also the Accounts Manager for Important Media. Follow her foodie adventures at AndreaBertoli.com, Vibrant Wellness Journal, and Eat Drink Better. Find more from Andrea on Facebook and Instagram



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