Bai5 Ipanema Pomegranate Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream

Well a girls gotta survive this brutal winter somehow, right? Hot chocolate and winter are a match made in heaven, and I decided that Bai5 Ipanema Pomegranate and dark chocolate would go together just as well, and man was I right! I mean dark chocolate anything is good in my books...

I always opt for using high quality dark chocolate 72% or more. I also added cocao powder, for a boost of superfood nutrients and added chocolate flavor, can't hurt right? Again, I sweetened this recipe with an all-natural sweetener, maple syrup. The dark chocolate and cocao powder can be quite bitter, but the maple syrup and Bai5 Ipanema Pomegranate balance out this hot chocolate perfectly.

There are a variety of health benefits form eating dark chocolate as well. Not as sinful as you originally thought, huh? Disclaimer: everything in moderation. Dark chocolate and pure cocao are extremely high in antioxidants, one in particular,  resveratrol, which has been demonstrated to protect the heart from heart disease. Dark chocolate and cocao are also high in iron and magnesium, so you may want to think twice next time you are crave chocolate, because your body may be trying to tell you something.

Oh and it gets better…I even whipped up a dairy-free but heavenly whipped cream!! It came out tasting like vanilla ice cream, I almost ate the entire jar…And guess what it's made out of…almond milk!

Ok now heres the best part, the recipe. I'll let it speak for itself. Hope you find an excuse to curl with this hot chocolate to keep you warm!

Ingredients:

Makes 2 servings

Pomegranate Hot Chocolate:

Whipped Cream:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup almond oil (or other oil that isn't overpowering)
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. xantham gum (optional)
  • Ice (optional)

Directions:

Pomegranate Hot Chocolate:

1. On low heat whisk all ingredients together in saucepan and mix until chocolate is completely melted and mixture has begun to boil.

Whipped Cream:

1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor, if using a vitamin, start on low speed and then gradually to high speed.

2. Blend until desired consistency is reached, it won't get too thick without the anthem gum. If serving immediately add a few ice cubes to cool down.

3. I didn't have xantham gum, so I placed my mixture in the freezer for about and hour and then scooped a dollop for on top of the hot chocolate, and it was perfect!

Superfood Super Delicious Hot Cocao

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

Ingredients:

  1. Heat up almond milk on low-medium heat until it begins to bubble, then put on low heat.
  2. Add in coconut sugar, maple syrup, cocao powder, salt, cinnamon, and whisk until mixed completely.
  3. Taste and add anymore ingredients according to taste.
  4. Pour into cups and sprinkle with shredded coconut or a dash of cinnamon if desired. Drink and enjoy!