Nothing beats a blustery winter day like warming up with hot cocoa!
When making hot cocoa, skip the pre-packaged mixes found in the supermarket: they’re laden with too much sugar and other ugly additives your body does not need.
Raw cacao contains over 300 identifiable chemical compounds, making it one complex and nutritious food substance! Here’s just a small sampling of the goodies:
- Anandamide: a neurotransmitter known as “the bliss chemical”
- Arginine: nature’s aphrodisiac
- Magnesium: for healthy heart function
- Serotonin: anti-stress neurotransmitter
- Tryptophan: anti-depressant amino acid
- Phenylethylamine: controls the ability to focus attention and stay alert
- Polyphenols: antioxidants
Start drinking your hot cocoa raw!
- 1-2 c almond milk
- 2 ounces raw cacao beans or 2 T raw cocoa powder
- 2 T raw honey or agave
- 1 t natural vanilla bean or extract
- 1/4 t nutmeg
- 1/4 t cinnamon
- Cinnamon stick for stirring
Blend ingredients on high-speed until smooth and creamy. [If you have a high-powered blender, you can continue blending until the mixture begins to heat up. You can also warm your hot cocoa using a double boiler or a mason jar submerged in hot water.] If you aren’t following a raw diet, blend ingredients until smooth then pop in the microwave for 1 minute.
Stay warm and healthy!