Okay so it’s not exactly hot chocolate weather here in Los Angeles (it is currently 80F and sunny), but I know a lot of my readers are from colder areas, props to you all I don’t know if I could survive!
When I was living with my grandmother growing up, on New Year’s Eve, she made my family her famous cinnamon hot chocolate. She would melt a big chunk of Mexican Chocolate with whole milk, cinnamon sticks and piloncillo. Man, was it tasty. But also, sooo not good for us.
On New Year’s Eve, my mom and I thought it would be fun to create a new, healthy and vegan hot chocolate recipe for the years to come. What I came up with was this superfood hot chocolate, a recipe that is definitely here to stay.
Almonds: alkalizing, reduce heart attack risk, lower ‘bad’ cholesterol, protects artery walls from damage, help build strong bones and teeth and provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss:
Cacao: The antioxidant content of raw cacao in its flavonoids, benefits the cardiovascular and general whole body health.
Maca: enhances energy, stamina, athletic performance, memory, and fertility.
Reishi mushroom: promotes vitality and provides adaptogenic properties that help combat stress. It is also highly valued for supporting respiratory function and stimulating the immune system.
Coconut sugar: has a lower glycemic level than regular table sugar, and though it is no a superfood, it offers more vitamins and minerals than white table sugar, including vitamin C, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron and copper.
Cinnamon: may reduce inflammation, have antioxidant effects, and fight bacteria.
For a final touch, I had to toss in some vegan marshmallows! I used Dandies Vegan Marshmallows and my family definitely enjoyed all this drink had to offer, as much as they would any other non-vegan option.
Place the liquid, cacao, coconut sugar, ka’chava, reishi and maca into a high speed blender, and process until combined.
Pour into a pot over medium heat, and add in the cinnamon stick. Allow it to heat, stirring often, until warm but not boiling.
Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla.
Place all of the ingredients into a high speed blender and run until warm. If using a vitamix, set it to “hot soup” until the end of the cycle.
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
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