It's cold - let's talk hot chocolate! Of course, I've created a healthier hot chocolate. What usually signifies "healthy" to you? Low fat? Sugar free? Low calorie?
I personally like to look at a few things:
- Is there any junk in this? Stuff I can't pronounce?
- What is the sweetener? Is it a chemical, lots of sugar, or something that (in moderation) is going to give me some vitamins or minerals or at least not totally derail my blood sugar?
- Are there nutritional benefits to the ingredients I have chosen?
Awesome - so that's what I did here. The taste is on-point, so you won't miss anything there, and it hits all of my "healthy" criteria. In fact, I'll tell you quickly the benefits of some of the ingreds:
- Coconut: a "healthy fat" - supports immune health. anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, a natural source of energy, improves digestion and absorption of nutrients. Like, I use coconut oil in place of neosporin.
- Cacao Powder: a "superfood" - lots of magnesium, more calcium than cow's milk, TONS of antioxidants. It's the RAW form of cocoa powder, before it is roasted, so you are getting all that raw goodness.
- Maca: another "superfood" - rich in vitamins B, C and E, calcium, magnesium, calcium and zinc, increases endurance and can help with some hormone imbalance
- Cinnamon: adds amazing flavor here + has been shown to lower blood sugar
OK, let's get to it!
- 1 cup coconut milk
- ¼ tsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- ½ tsp maca
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
Instructions (serves 1):
- In a small saucepan, mix coconut milk and coconut oil over medium heat, but do not boil.
- When warm, whisk in dry ingredients and serve immediately.