Tis the season…for HOT CHOCOLATE!!! I have to try extra hard to get in the Christmas mood since we moved here to San Antonio. It’s a little hard when it’s 80 degrees outside! We’ve got all our Christmas decorations up, which helps, but today, I took it a step further by cranking the air and whipping up a batch of this hot chocolate. It helped, but I will be SO glad when we finally get to move back to my beloved Michy!
Anyway, that is all beside the point! The point is this HOT CHOCOLATE!!! It is delicious, creamy, and healthy! Yeah, you read that right, it’s healthy! This yumminess is sugar free, dairy free, and gluten free! The ingredients all have excellent health benefits, and the taste is to. die. for! The best part about this drink is the antioxidants it contains. Because it is made with raw cacao, it is filled with nutrition! Check out the following pin describing the top 10 health benefits of this awesome superfood!
Another benefit that I LOVE about raw cacao is that it gives you great energy! I don’t do well with caffeine AT ALL, so when I need a pick me up I’ll have a raw cacao smoothie or a cup of this hot chocolate. It gives me a nice boost of energy, and it’s not the shaky type of energy that caffeine gives. It’s just a nice boost that takes away mid afternoon sleepies. The fact that it is filled with all kinds of nutrition is just a huge bonus!
Okay, so let’s get to this recipe!
HEALTHY HOT CHOCOLATE
- 1 – 1.5 cups almond milk (depending on the size of the mug you’re going to drink out of)
- 2 Tbsp. coconut creme – full fat unsweetened canned coconut milk – don’t shake the can before opening, then take 2 tbsp. of the thick creme on top when you open the can.
- 1-2 Tbsp. raw cacao (the more you use, the more chocolaty it will be)
- stevia to taste
- pinch of pumpkin spice or cinnamon (optional)
1.) Pour almond milk and the coconut creme into a small sauce pan. Heat over medium heat, stirring often.
2.) Add the cacao and the stevia to the pan. Stir till completely combined.
3.) When the mixture reaches desired temperature, transfer to a mug. If desired, sprinkle with Pumpkin Spice, cinnamon, or a bit more cacao. I used pumpkin spice, and it was delicious! You can also drizzle with honey if you would like, but this will make it so it is no longer sugar free.
Sooooooooo good. I closed my eyes and imagined a white Christmas as I was taking in this deliciousness! Cozy and YUMMY! Hope you are all enjoying the holiday season! Enjoy! 🙂