Homemade Nutrient-Dense Hot Chocolate

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Who doesn’t enjoy the warmth of a hot cup of cocoa on a brisk winter day, curled up with a good book and maybe a Wes Anderson film playing in the background. I know I do, but the issue with relaxing with the sweeter things is packaged hot cocoa often has less of the nutrient-dense ingredients and more of the refined ingredients that are stressful on the body.  I.e.: refined white sugar.  Using whole foods in your recipes, even for the sweeter things, is a great way to maximize on healthy nutrients that support your health.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Disks
Ingredients:
1/2 cup coconut sugar (35 on the GI index)
1/2 cup Vega Maca powder
1 cup cocoa beans
1/2tsp sea salt
250g of unsweetened bakers chocolate
1Tbs coconut oil
* you could also add desired amount of chillies if interested: cayenne and ancho spice, or add mesquite (If you’re interested in adding oils you could use orange, mint or bergamot (they should be added to the melted chocolate only and stirred in.)).

Tools:
1 500ml mason jar
Coffee grinder or vitamix
Double boiler OR large pot for boiling water and a smaller pot to place into larger pot
Muffin tin or ice cube tray

How to:
1) In a coffee grinder or vitamix, blend coconut sugar and cocoa beans until a fine powder and then place in bowl or mason jar. I used a mason jar so I can easily store the mix.
2) Add Vega Maca powder to jar and sea salt
3) In a double-boiler, or small empty pot placed in a larger pot of simmering water, add the bakers chocolate and coconut oil. Stir until melted. once chocolate is a liquid slowly start to add exactly half of the powder in the mason jar. Keep stirring until smooth.
4) Start to spoon liquid into a muffin tin, filling eat one 1/5 of the way so you’ll have disk shaped chocolate when in solidifies. Don’t have a muffin tin? Use an ice cube tray, filling each spot to the top. Either way each one makes exactly 2 cup servings.
5) Place tray in the freezer until solidified.
6) To use, heat liquid of your choice (2 cups): coconut, almond, rice, oat, or organic dairy milk. Drop disk into sauce pan and stir until completely melted. Serve into 2 mugs.

Benefits of using whole ingredients:

  • Cocoa beans- mineral dense, especially magnesium. Magnesium is a natural relaxant in the body that works in partnership with calcium.
  • Coconut sugar -a naturally low-glycemic sweetener; meaning, it will not create the spike and crash in blood sugar levels similar to white sugar.
  • Vega Maca– a root vegetable from Peru that contains minerals, amino acids, complex carbs and was traditionally used to nourish the body from stress.

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