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Healthier Hot Cocoa Recipe

Cocoa was discovered by the Spanish when they met the Mayans. The Mayans were the ones to concoct a sipping chocolate, although their version was chilled.  It wasn't until the Spanish returned to Spain and introduced the sweet treat to the Europeans that it became a warm drink.

Hot cocoa may seem decadent, but consider its health benefits:

  • It's loaded with antioxidants that fight free radicals
  • Antioxidants prevent age related macular degeneration, cancer and heart disease
  • It has less saturated fat then chocolate
  • Flavonoids help lower blood pressure & prevent blood platelets from forming blood clots
  • Flavonoids increase blood and oxygen flow to the brain

Most hot cocoa mixes available are processed junk, loaded with sugar, and generally not a healthy option. Healthy home-made hot cocoa is the way to go.  The time it takes to make is comparable to making a cup of coffee or tea.

 Home-Made Hot Cocoa

You will need :

  • 1 Tbsp Organic Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 Tbsp Coconut Palm Sugar
  • 4 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 2 Cups Unsweet Almond Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Marshmallows (optional)

Place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan over low to medium heat and whisk to combine. Heat through and serve.  If you have a Vitamix, you can blend ingredients on high for 4 minutes and it will be heated through too.

Servings: 3   Cook time: 5 minutes

 

 

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