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