We’ve all used those packages for hot chocolate where you just add hot water and stir. Super simple, right? But did you know you can make it yourself and it’s just as easy? Now there’s no more need for the packets filled with harmful additives! It truly is that easy.
Imagine a creamy, luxurious, decadent mug of hot chocolate between your hands. Mmm.
How can a hot chocolate possibly be good for you? It really is. You just have to know which product to buy. I recommend getting and organic raw cacao like this brand because cacao beans are one of the most heavily sprayed food crops.
What’s the Difference Between Cacao and Cocoa?
Nope, it’s not just fancy pronunciation. In fact, there’s quite a difference although they can be used interchangeably in recipes. Raw cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can eat. It’s when the cocoa bean is cold-pressed which helps to retain many of the nutrients and enzymes as possible. Cocoa on the other hand is when the cocoa bean is roasted at high temperatures which lowers the overall antioxidant content. Cocoa is still a good (inexpensive) alternative as long as choose a product without added sugars.
5 Benefits of Chocolate
1. Cacao is considered the powerhouse of antioxidants. More so than any other fruit by far!
2. It’s packed with nutrients like fiber, magnesium, iron and copper to name a few.
3. Many studies show that it can act as a sunscreen and give your skin a healthy glow due to the high amounts of flavanol moderating your blood flow. Planning a trip to the beach? Don’t forget your dark chocolate!
4. The chemical, theobromine, may help provide relief from a serious cough without all the negative side effects from over the counter cough medicine.
5. It’s good for a broken heart. Well, it’s a mood enhancer at least! Stressed? Time to bust out the premium dark chocolate.
Ok, enough of the facts, here’s my super simple recipe so you no longer have to feel guilty when indulging in chocolate!
On a nice cold day, take 5 minutes to whip up this delicious, creamy and surprisingly healthy hot chocolate!
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or full fat coconut milk (or half and half)
- 1 tbls raw cacao
- 1/8th tsp peppermint extract
- Dash of sea salt
- Place all ingredients into a saucepan and heat over medium low heat
- Stir continuously
- Heat until hot but not boiling
Feel free to sub out the peppermint with vanilla extract for a more classic hot chocolate. If you use dairy as your base, choose one that's organic and raw for the best health benefits. Personally, I like water as my base.
Do you have a preference for cacao or cocoa?