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Hot Cacao ~ Pure Chocolate

Cacao is one of the richest plant-based sources of iron & antioxidants.  Cacao has anti-inflammatory, brain, nervous systems and heart-healthy nutrients making cacao a delicious food as a medicinal drink.     Cacao is bitter; bitter flavours are great for stimulating our digestive enzymes and boosting our metabolism.

 

I drink pure unprocessed cacao powder every single day – warm in winter and cold in summer.  I find there is something very deeply nourishing and satisfying about drinking cacao.   It is a great little pick-me-up and something I have when I want something with some-body & depth to it, a drink-snack of sorts.  

 

We are talking pure cacao powder – not “dutch processed” (aka chemically processed).  No sugar or hot chocolate stuff added blend – just straight powder.  Spice it with a little cinnamon, vanilla, cayenne, pumpkin spice, | cake spice blend.  Add walnut milk for a truly hormone balancing treat. Sweeten with a dash of Maple Syrup if you need to take the edge off the bitter.

  • Serves1 mug
  • Cooks in
  • Prep time 2mins
  • Anti Oxidants

    Anti-oxidant are phytonutrients that can help slow & prevent cellular damage from free radicals that can cause disease. Many plants contain anti-oxidants.

  • Anti Inflammatory

    Recipes have ingredients with anti-inflammatory nutrients and avoid common inflammatory foods like sugar, gluten, dairy and processed food. A whole food diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods can help relieve symptoms of inflammation within the body. Inflammation is at the root of most disease = dis-ease.

  • Heart Healthy

    Heart Healthy recipes have lots of whole grains, fruits & vegetables. A diet rich in plant foods, low in refined fatty foods can help lower cholesterol.

  • Iron

    Iron is a mineral essential for building red blood cells, carrying oxygen to lungs & tissues, cellular energy metabolism, healthy brain & immune functions.

    Foods high in Iron;
    Spinach, kale, parsley, nettles, seaweed, algae, leafy greens, potato skin
    Red meat, poultry, liver, fish, shellfish - sardines, 
    Eggs, Mushrooms, 
    Tofu, Black Beans, Chickpeas, Lentils, Beans
    Quinoa, Teff, Oats, Buckwheat, Rice, Millet, Barley, Wheat
    Seeds pumpkin & squash, pistachios, hemp, flax, almonds, cashews, cacao, dark chocolate,
    Dried fruits apricots, raisins, molasses

  • Brain Healthy

    Brain Healthy recipes have ingredients that support healthy brain and tissue repair, growth and development, cognitive function and memory

Ingredients

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  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 ½ cups hot water

Optional Additions

  • Walnut milk or your milk choice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Pinch of spice*
  • ½ - 1 tsp maple syrup | date sugar

Method

Hot Cacao – Chocolate

 

BOIL the kettle. 

 

POUR boiled water into a mug with cacao powder + your flavour additions Walnut Milk is lush.

 

STIR, sip & enjoy your food as medicine treat!

 

Chef Hat Icon Chef tips + Ingredient Swaps + Ideas

EXTRA CREAMY heat up Milk of your choice instead of water.

 

SWEETEN with maple syrup, date sugar or sweetener of your choice.

 

SPICED* add a pinch of spice; cinnamon, vanilla, cayenne, pumpkin spice, | cake spice blend.

 

MAKE it iced like you would a smoothie.

 

FAIR TRADE please buy fair trade cacao and chocolate to support the people that grow our food.

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