Super Food Hot Chocolate

When I think of the colder months, I can’t help but think about the cozy blankets, comfy clothes and soul-warming food. Being bundled up under a comforter, wearing your favorite fuzzy socks while holding a mug of creamy hot chocolate sounds like the ultimate dream.

I’ve got you covered on the hot chocolate with a recipe sure to make your soul and body happy.

This recipe is full of yummy, healthy goodness – pecan milk, raw honey, coconut oil, cacao powder, cinnamon, turmeric, ashwagandha, and mucuna pruriens. I know some of these ingredients sound crazy but I promise this is great!

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Aside from being delicious, here are seven reasons why you’ll want to make this for yourself ASAP.

1. Raw Honey – Raw honey is loaded with antioxidants, is known to reduce inflammation and bacteria, and is said to support healthy tissue production.

2. Coconut Oil  – Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid, which is easier to digest and utilize than long-chain fatty acids (which are found in meats, avocados, nuts, etc.). Coconut oil can help reduce inflammation, boost immune system and brain function, and helps with digestion and hormone balance.

3. Cacao Powder – Cacao powder is an antioxidant powerhouse, has a high amount of iron for being a plant based source, supports a healthy heart and brain, and helps boost mood.

4. Cinnamon – Cinnamon has tons of antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties, may reduce risk of heart disease, has anti-diabetic effects, and has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.

5. Turmeric – Turmeric is known to increase antioxidant capacity in our bodies, reduce depressive moods and reduce inflammation. It’s also suspected to help prevent cancer and Alzheimer’s.

6. Ashwagandha – Ashwagandha is considered a vital herb that can help support brain function and emotional health. It’s also claimed to tonify the immune system, increase levels of super oxide dismutase (an enzyme) in the body, and reduce mental, emotional and physical effects of stress!

7. Mucuna Pruriens – Mucuna Pruriens  is a plant extract powder that contains L-DOPA, which is a precursor to dopamine (a chemical that controls the pleasure centers in our brain). Mucuna Pruriens may help to enhance brain function, improve mode, refine senses and support overall well-being.

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Finally, here’s how to make this awesome hot chocolate!

Ingredients:

  • 4 c. milk of your choice – I used maple pecan milk
  • 3 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. ashwagandha*
  • 1/2 tsp. mucuna pruriens*

*If you don’t have this, you can skip it!

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Directions:

Heat up milk, coconut oil and honey in a medium saucepan until boiling. Turn heat to low and stir in cacao powder, cinnamon, turmeric, ashwagandha, and mucuna pruriens. Continue to stir until well combined and thick.

That’s it! I hope you enjoy!

Naturally,

Ari.

 

*This post is NOT sponsored, however the Thrive Market link is my invitation link. All thoughts are my own.*

 

Resources: Raw Honey, Coconut Oil, Cacao Powder, Turmeric, CinnamonAswagandha, Mucuna Pruriens.

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77 comments

  1. Yum that actually sounds amazing! I’m big on eating natural, unprocessed foods that offer more benefits than processed junk. I’ll have to give this a try!

  2. This sounds so delicious and I’m sure it would be great on this cold night we’re having. I haven’t heard of some of these ingredients so I need to see where I can buy them around here to try your recipe.

    1. Hi Terri! You can find these ingredients at Thrive Market! I’m sure you can find most of them at places like Whole Foods and even Kroger! But you can also make the recipe without some of them if you’re really in need of something to keep you cozy on a chilly day!

  3. I love hot chocolate! But I love coffee more. Lol. I haven’t tried turmeric but I have always read about it. The last two ingredients seem hard to find though, I’m glad that it can be skipped.

    1. Ohhh – I’d love to try to add this to coffee for a healthier “mocha”. Thanks for the idea! But yes, the last two ingredients aren’t things that people typically have on hand so they are totally optional!

  4. What I wouldn’t give to have a steaming mug of this hot chocolate in front of me right now (my fingers are frozen). I love that mug, too – I want to find one for myself!

  5. My children and I love to drink hot chocolate during the Fall and Winter months. We are planning on going to Detroit’s Thanksgiving Parade this year. I was already thinking about buying a thermos to keep hot cocoa in. Your recipe would be perfect for the occasion!

  6. We have been vegan for about 7 months now and only eat a plant based diet. I have been using many of the things you listed however never thought of putting them together like this. Especially pecan milk!!!

  7. My goodness this looks absolutely delicious and I want to try it right away which could come so handy during winter in particular. The healthy combination of ingredients like Honey, Coconut Oil, Cinnamon, Turmeric and Ashwagandha makes it a wonderful energy drink as well for sure.

  8. I always knew chocolate is good for us! This is definitely something that I’d love to prepare for me and my girls. It’s packed with benefits.

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