by Bianca Drennan, ND
This is the perfect recipe to get your chocolate fix without all the guilt – especially in the colder, grey months of the year.
Commercial hot cocoa mixes contain very little actual cocoa and high amounts of processed sugar, hydrogenated oils, and dairy. Do yourself a favour and purchase a good quality raw cacao powder for this recipe and other recipes using typical cocoa powder. Raw cacao powder contains the highest levels of antioxidants, magnesium, and B vitamins, not to mention it tastes far better. It can be found at health food stores and some well-stocked grocery stores. It can be expensive, but a little goes a long way. Plus, it makes you feel good about eating chocolate!
- 1 cup plant-based milk (cashew, almond, coconut, hazelnut, etc)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 Medjool date, pitted (or 2 tsp honey or maple syrup)
- 1 1/2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
Combine all ingredients in an upright blender and blend until thoroughly combined and frothy, about 20-30 seconds.
Pour into a small saucepan and heat through. Serve and enjoy!
Dr. Bianca Drennan ND, provides nutritional consulting and naturopathic medicine services at Pacific Wellness and is available for appointments five days a week. If you would like to detoxify and trim your body, improve your lifestyle or address certain health concerns please call us at 416-929-6958 or submit your online appointment request to arrange your initial appointment. The naturopathic appointments are covered by most employee benefits.