Who doesn’t want to curl up with a cozy blanket and a cup of hot cocoa this time of year? And sipping that soul-warming chocolate flavor, which reminds you of childhood snow days, can be good for your body, too.
You just need the right recipe.
“I never need an excuse to indulge in some chocolate,” says Danielle DuBoise, co-founder of the trendy, healthy meal delivery service Sakara, “so I decided to take my chocolate obsession to the kitchen and test out a super healthy, superfood version of the standard hot chocolate yumminess.”
And guess what? “There’s not a thing in this recipe that isn’t also insanely good for you,” she says.
Instead of added sugar and low-quality cocoa, DuBoise uses raw cacao powder, coconut sugar, grounding ginger, and healthy spices like cinnamon and cardamom. Plus, coconut oil for an omega dose (and creamy texture), and an up-and-coming (yet 5,000 year-old) ingredient) called ashwagandha. It’s a “superherb” that has all kinds of benefits (it’s an adaptogen, like turmeric), and is known as a brain-power and immune-system booster, which you really need this time of year.
“I’ve been using ashwagandha for quite some time and can totally feel the effects. It’s an ancient Ayurvedic healing herb known for its rejuvenation and adaptogenic qualities. When I have a little bit everyday I feel more energized, focused, relaxed, and aligned,” DuBoise says.
Convinced (and feeling chilly)? Hurry up and find the softest blanket you own and a good book, and whip up the most delicious, indulgent, and body-loving hot chocolate you’ve ever sipped.
Decadent & Grounding Superfood Hot Cacao
3 Tbsp raw cacao powder
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp cardamom
1 tsp ginger
½ tsp chili powder
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp coconut sugar
1 tsp ashwagandha
1 tsp coconut oil
A pinch of Himalayan salt
1 ½ – 2 cups milk of your choice. I love it with walnut or almond milk!
Put milk in pot on low heat, and whisk all ingredients together until very warm. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon and enjoy in a big ol’ mug!
**As always, look for organic ingredients. Especially with your spice rack, as unwanted chemicals can linger.
**If you like really dark, sultry hot cocoa, then feel free to add extra cacao.
(Photos: Danielle DuBoise for Sakara Life)