In the wintertime I always crave good hot chocolate. It’s not as easy to come across vegan hot chocolates but it also isn’t hard to make at home yourself! So I whipped up a delicious superfood version of my favorite wintertime drink. Using raw cocao powder instead of the conventional cocoa powder makes all the difference. No longer will your hot chocolate indulgence be a “guilty” pleasure! Cocao is the purest form of chocolate you can consume, and is way less processed than cocoa powder, meaning you receive more nutrients, and antioxidants. It is also known to be the highest source of magnesium of all foods. Cacao powder contains more fiber and calories than cocoa powder since more of the nutrients from the whole bean are still intact. Cacao is an excellent source of monounsaturated fats, cholesterol-free saturated fats, vitamins, minerals, fiber, natural carbohydrates, and protein which make is a powerful superfood ingredient!
I also used organic coconut sugar and maple syrup instead of processed white sugar in this recipe. This way the hot chocolate is sweet, but with all natural sweeteners, and when I say all natural, I literally mean ALL NATURAL! No gimmicks or false advertising here. I want to avoid any harmful sweeteners at all costs. So coconut sugar and real maple syrup (not the Aunt Jemima stuff) are healthy and naturally sweet! Yay!
I even added shredded coconut on the top of my hot cocao to finish it off, because i’m not a big marshmallow fan, and i figured why not!? It came out delicious and provided a nice texture.
So keep this recipe on hand for cozy warm nights or days when you’re snowed in, or just whenever you crave a hot chocolate. You won’t have to cringe anymore at the thought, because enow you have a healthy version to keep in mind! Nourishing, delicious, and tasty, I hope you enjoy!
Serves 2 People
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tsp. coconut sugar
- 2 tsp organic maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp. cocao powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
- 1 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
- Shredded coconut to sprinkle on top
- Heat up almond milk on low-medium heat until it begins to bubble, then put on low heat.
- Add in coconut sugar, maple syrup, cocao powder, salt, cinnamon, and whisk until mixed completely.
- Taste and add anymore ingredients according to taste.
- Pour into cups and sprinkle with shredded coconut or a dash of cinnamon if desired. Drink and enjoy!