It’s the perfect season for hot chocolate! But it’s not usually a healthy choice. Have you thought about making your own from scratch and adding some herbs and spices to turn it into an elixir? Well, I’m telling you it’s definitely worth a try if you like hot chocolate and don’t enjoy it as often as you like because you want to be good. This option is brimming with health boosting herbs and spices and it tastes delicious. You don’t have to add all of the herbs listed but you can if you have them.
Starting with a good cacao powder brings in benefits that are not found in your regular cocoa. Cacao is not roasted or alkalized and therefore retains more nutrients including magnesium which helps relaxation.
The herbs and spices to consider adding are: cinnamon, turmeric, mushroom powder, maca, astragalus and ashwagandha. Adding in Brazil nuts or hemp seeds can add creaminess and essential fats, vitamins and minerals as well.
Give the recipe a try, adding in any or all of the suggested herbs and spices.
Healthy Hot Cacao Elixir
- sauce pan
- 3 Cups plant milk
- 2-3 Tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 1/2 tsp astragalus powder
- 1/2 tsp ashwagandha powder
- 1 tsp mushroom powder reishi, cordycepts, lion’s mane
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1-2 Tbsp hemp seeds or Brazil nuts
- 1/4 tsp Stevia or monk fruit to taste
- in a blender combine plant milk, cacao and herbs, spices, nuts or seeds you choose to use.
- Blend until well combined and smooth.
- Pour into a small pan and heat over medium-low until it just begins to simmer. Turn off heat, pour into mugs and add sweetener to taste.
- Enjoy the feeling of treating yourself well with hormone balancing, blood sugar regulating, anti-inflammatory benefits as well as immune supporting deliciousness!
If cacao affects you adversely with the natural caffeine content, then using carob or a caffeine free chai tea or holy basil tea work well with these herbs too.