There’s nothing quite like a warm mug of creamy hot cocoa in the wintertime! While most hot chocolate drinks are filled with loads of sugar, this healthy hot chocolate recipe is dairy-free, lower in sugar, packs tremendous nutritional benefits and is equally as delicious as the original!
Let’s take a look at the superfoods included in this recipe:
Maca root is a member of the cruciferous family (think broccoli), and is considered a superfood for its many health benefits. Maca is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, E, and it provides calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. Maca is an adaptogen and therefore has long been used to balance hormones in both men and women. It has positive effects on energy, endurance and mood.
Cacao (pronounced ka-cow) is the raw, unprocessed form of chocolate. This superfood is very high in antioxidants, is a great source of B vitamins, and contains minerals such as magnesium, iron, chromium, among many others. Cacao also acts as a natural mood-booster by raising serotonin levels.
Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipe (with superfoods!)
2½ cups unsweetened almond, cashew or coconut milk (I like Silk cashew milk)
2 tablespoons cacao powder (feel free to use unsweetened cocoa powder if that’s what you have on hand)
1 tablespoon of maca powder
2 tablespoons of maple syrup, or to taste
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
Whisk or blend all ingredients together until smooth.
Transfer ingredients to a small saucepan and slowly warm to desired temperature.
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