Healthy-hot chocolate elixir

This is like a healthy chocolate BOMB in your mug!

No, Seriously.

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It is smooth, thick, rich, and a spectacular treat on a cold day! Here is a bit about the superfood that is used in this recipe…

Raw Cacao

Raw powdered cacao is full of flavonoids, which act as natural antioxidants. “Antioxidants protect the body from aging and disease caused by free radicals. Raw cacao contains up to four times the antioxidants of traditional cacao powder, and has the highest antioxidant value of all the natural foods in the world.” Scientists from Cornell University in the US recently discovered that raw cacao contains nearly twice the antioxidant content of red wine, and up to three times the antioxidant content of green tea, so this is a great alternative when you are needing a little chocolate fix!

The cacao bean is also extremely rich in magnesium, an important mineral and vital electrolyte. This super-food is also a good source of sulfur. Cacao has also been found to help regulate blood pressure and reduce cholesterol while building the immune system.

Maca

This recipe includes the addition of another super food….maca powder. Maca is a nutritionally dense super-food that contains high amounts of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and all of the essential amino acids. Maca root is rich in B-vitamins, which are the energy vitamins, and maca is a vegetarian source of B-12. To boot, maca has high levels of bioavailable calcium and magnesium and is great for remineralization.

I started taking maca powder several years ago when I was experiencing adrenal fatigue and hormone imbalances. Maca root actually helps balance our hormones, and due to an over abundance of environmental estrogens, most people’s hormones are a bit out of whack. Maca stimulates and nourishes the hypothalamus and pituitary glands which are the “master glands” of the body. These glands actually regulate the other glands, so when in balance they can bring balance to the adrenal, thyroid, pancreas, ovarian and testicular glands. Good to know, ey?

I hope you and your family enjoy this hot chocolate recipe as much as we do. Even though there are no refined sugars, and the ingredients are super healthy, It is quite  bit sweeter than most of our food, so we limit our intake to special occasions or really brisk days, when all you need to complete the perfect day is THIS hot chocolate in your mug!

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healthy hot chocolate elixir

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 2 Tablespoons raw cacao
  • 4 Tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons organic grade B maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon organic vanilla extract (or a vanilla bean sliced and scraped)
  • pinchceltic sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon maca powder (optional - this is extremely healthy, but will alter the taste a bit. It is a little nutty in flavor)
  • 1 Teaspon coconut flour (this acts as a thickening agent. My kids love it this way, but it can be a bit gritty from the little flecks of coconut)

Directions

Step 1. In saucepan, thouroughly heat and wisk together almond milk, vanilla, coconut sugar, maple syrup and salt
Step 2. Pour mixture into blender, and add cacao, and optional maca and coconut flour
Step 3. Blend for 30 second and pour into 1 large mug (like mine) or 2 regular, human sized mugs 🙂
Step 4. Top with coconut cream, or whipped topping of your choice
Step 5. ENJOY!!

These are some of the ingredients I used:

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You can easily simplify for a more traditional taste, by not adding maca or coconut flour. Both ways are supurb!

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Whipped coconut cream

 

 

 

 

 

 

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