Every once in a while we need a treat, right? Well, here’s a hot cocoa you can have with zero guilt. In fact it’s actually good for you! It has no sugar, no dairy, and it’s made with raw cacao powder which is actually a super food.
This stuff is amazing, it has some real health benefits. It’s full of antioxidants and has appetite suppressing qualities. Drink a cup before dinner or to avoid eating too much in the evenings.
It’s very easy to make, mixing the ingredients right in a mug:
I just used a tablespoon of the cacao. I added one good sized drop of peppermint oil. I used essential oil, not extract. You could use peppermint extract if you wanted though. I like the essential oil because it’s good for digestion and also helps suppress appetite.
Peppermint oil is the only essential oil that I actually ingest though, the rest I just use for topical purposes. I use my peppermint oil for all kinds of other things too, like a bath salt scrub and lotion. I absolutely love it.
Then I stirred in about four tablespoons of unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It’s important to use almond milk, or coconut milk, as dairy will lessen the absorption of the antioxidants from the cacao. The cacao powder won’t mix into the milk well, it dissolves better in water. That’s OK, just stir it a little. The almond milk is just to add some creaminess.
Then I set the mug under my Keurig and set it for the largest setting which is 8 ounces of water. If you don’t have a Keurig, just use a tea kettle or the microwave to boil some water and stir in approximately 8 ounces. Then stir well.
You can add a little more almond milk if you like.
You can also add a little Stevia or Xylitol if you like, as a sweetener.
It’s good without the peppermint, but the peppermint adds a nice holiday flavor.
I love hot drinks in the winter, and this helps with my chocolate cravings as well.
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Let me know what you think!