Healthy Hot Chocolate
BySarah Axtell, ND •December 31, 2019
Forget the powdered hot chocolate mixes that are full of sugar and dairy. This Healthy Hot Chocolate recipe uses raw cacao and is sugar-free, dairy-free. Raw cacao is a super-food rich in antioxidants and magnesium (more magnesium than a serving of spinach!).
This hot chocolate not only nurtures your inner-child (who doesn’t get nostalgic with the smell of hot cocoa?!), but it also supports your immune system during cold and flu season. Studies have looked at cacao’s antimicrobial properties and found it boosted immune-cell activity for added protection against influenza.
I include a small amount of coconut oil to add richness and good fat to the recipe. I use stevia as the sweetener, but feel free to use maple syrup if you don’t like stevia. I get my liquid stevia from Trader Joe’s.
- 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
- 1 TBSP raw cacao
- 5-10 drops of liquid stevia (or 1 TBSP maple syrup)
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat, using a whisk to break up any clumps. Stir until smooth. Pour into a mug and serve warm. Enjoy!
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