Healthy Hot Chocolate

One thing that just feels like Christmas in a cup is hot coco. There is something incredibly comforting and nostalgic about it, and we can’t get enough this time of year. We thought we would try a recipe that allows us to have more than just one cup of this creamy drink by cutting back on the sugar and fat that the Starbucks version has, or the Swiss Miss instant pack. One thing that was mildly disturbing as we researched this blog post was seeing that Starbucks has their hot chocolate under the “Kids Drinks” section. This is not a Starbucks bash, and we are the first to admit we go almost daily, but consider rethinking giving your child 43 grams of sugar in a grande cup of coco while you’re making your next coffee run. Or just simply make the kids this recipe instead. Yes– let’s go with that option.

For this recipe, our key ingredient is: Raw Organic Cacao 

Here’s why we care about this recipe:

  1. Cacao is very different than cocoa, which is the processed version that has been heavily roasted. Cacao in its pure form is actually a superfood, and it helps kick chocolate cravings to boot. Do you ever wonder why chocolate makes you feel better? Cacao contains something called anadamide, which fights against mood swings, increases serotonin levels, and gives your brain a boost of bliss!
  2. Cacao acts in the body as an antioxidant. Interestingly enough, it contains 40 times the antioxidants as blueberries.
  3. Cacao is also the highest plant-based iron source. Iron keeps your blood cells healthy, helps create energy from consumed nutrients, and supports our ability to exercise.
  4. Cacao (ironically!) has antibacterial properties than prevent cavities, fight against tooth decay and fight against plague.

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Healthy Hot Chocolate

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar free vanilla syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small saucepan, bring almond milk to a boil.
  2. Lower to a simmer and whisk in cacao powder.
  3. Whisk in vanilla syrup, cinnamon and salt until combined.
  4. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

NUTRITION INFORMATION Yield: 1 Serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 60, Total Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 335mg, Total Carbohydrates: 5.5g, Dietary Fiber: 3.3g, Total Sugars: 0g, Protein: 2g

Did you catch that? Zero grams of sugar. A Christmas miracle. Let us know what you think in the comments below! Happpy Holidays.

XO,

Amanda and Christina

 

 

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