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Spiced Hot Chocolate

A great little pick-me-up drink, a genuinely warming, nourishing food as medicine treat; hormone balancing when made with walnut milk.

 

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.

 

Drinking pure unprocessed cacao powder – warm in winter, chilled in summer is a great way to get your daily dose of chocolate and some deeply nourishing and grounding nutrients.

  • Serves1 mug
  • Cooks in
  • Prep time 2mins
  • Herbal Medicinal

    Herbal Medicinal Recipes have healing food ingredients with medicinal properties.  Culinary & medical plants have properties that benefit our health.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Grounding

    Spices, herbs and foods that are grounding, warming and calming with earthy rich tones and flavours.  These foods help the body relax are generally rich in anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial nutrients.

Ingredients

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  • 2 -3 tsp cacao | cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice | baking spice
  • 1 ½ cups hot water | nut milk*
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ - 1 tsp maple syrup - optional

Method

Spiced Hot Chocolate

 

BOIL the kettle OR heat the walnut milk or milk of your choice.

 

ADD baking spices or Pumpkin Spice Mix + all the other ingredients to your mug. 

 

POUR hot water | Walnut Milk or both.  SWEETEN to your taste.

 

STIR, SIP & enjoy your hug-in-a-hug food as medicine treat!

Chef Hat Icon Chef tips + Ingredient Swaps + Ideas

USE whatever milk you like – fresh Walnut Milk and Cashew Milk are lovely, nutrient-dense, and easy to make!

 

CACAO | Cocoa Powder – unprocessed, no sugar or anything else added. 

 

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

 

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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