Just when it started to warm up, it’s predicted to storm. Since cold winter days and hot chocolate go hand in hand, we wanted to find a healthier hot chocolate to share. Raw cacao is less processed form of chocolate and it is the ingredient from which chocolate and cocoa powder originate. It can be bitter if eaten plain, but brewed into almond milk and sweetened with date paste or Bee Free Honee, the cacao transforms into a dark chocolate drink that is also a superfood with immune boosting properties!
Raw cacao is one of the best sources of magnesium and iron and contains coumarin, an appetite suppressing, blood thinning, and anti-tumor compound. It contains chromium help regulate blood sugar and detoxify the liver. It also contains phenethylamine and anandamide, which helps to support mental well-being and enhance our mood. With an abundance of calcium, potassium, sulfur, zinc and copper, this is a nutrient-dense superfood for sure!
Cacao Hot Chocolate
- 2 cups almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 3 teaspoons date paste* or honey (use Bee Free Honee to make it vegan)
In a saucepan, whisk together all ingredients and heat over medium-high heat until hot, but not boiling.
Divide evenly between two mugs.
- 1 cup of Medjool Dates
- 1/2 cup of boiling water
Remove pits from dates (if pitted). Soak dates in the water for 5 minutes. Massage dates to soften. Place dates and water in food processor or high speed blender. Store date paste in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Credits: Recipe and Photography: Jill Uechi