Spiced Hot Cacao August 24 2016
Perfect for a bit of comfort on a rainy day!
Cacao powder is a form of chocolate similar to traditional baking/ drinking cocoa - just less processed. It's the raw food version, named after the unprocessed cacao berry that originates from South America. It is rich in essential magnesium - helpful for enhancing muscle and nervous relaxation, coping with stress, and good sleep. This recipe is similar to traditional hot chocolate, but with the addition of health giving and warming spices.
LifeFoods cacao powder is from an hierloom variety of cacao, and is raw and organic.
Ingredients per cupful:
- 1 cup milk (rice/ oat/ almond/ cow's - your choice)
- 1 Tablespoon raw cacao
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Cardamom
- 1/2 tsp Ginger (dried)
- 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional - for those who like it spicier).
- Sweetener of your choice: honey/ coconut sugar or my favourite: a drop of pure maple syrup.
Pre-warm your cup with some hot water. Mix the raw cacao and spices into a little of the milk as a paste. Warm the milk in a saucepan. (If using cow's milk, be careful not to boil). As the milk warms, stir in the cacao + spice paste. Add a little of your sweetener of choice. (When I use rice milk, I find I don't need any.)
Pour into your favourite pre-warmed cup and enjoy in a snug corner of the house.