I have never really been a fan of traditional hot chocolate, I always found it too sweet. But when raw cocoa (/cacao – same thing) became popular I started to experiment with new recipes. I have tried quite a few variations but this one is definitely my favourite. It is perfect for a cold night in, or if you are craving something sweet and comforting.
Cocoa is packed with vitamins and minerals, such as magnesium, and has amazing antioxidant properties. This is one of the reasons why dark chocolate is said to be good for us – because it has a high percentage of cocoa. Did you know that when you get a strong craving for chocolate it is not necessarily just the sugar your body looking for, but the cocoa, because it is full of such great properties!
Maca gives a fab nutty flavour and creamy texture, while adding more nutrients to the drink. The exotic fruit from Peru is similar to cocoa in that it has an abundance of great properties – it is a great source of iron for vegans too. It really is worth the getting – it can be found in most health food stores – I order mine online here. It is also great for baking, and in smoothies.
For the sweetness, you can use other sugars like agave or honey, if you prefer.
I only started putting cinnamon in to this recently but now I can’t make it without!! it is so delicious 🙂
Gluten Free – Vegetarian – Vegan – LOW Fodmap
Cook time: 5 minutes
- – 1 cup plant milk
- – 1 tbsp cocoa
- – 1/2 tbsp maca powder (optional, or can substitute for nut butter)
- – 1 tbsp maple syrup / 1 tsp of coconut sugar
- – 1 tsp cinnamon
- Put the milk, cocoa, and maca into a pan and turn the heat to medium.
- Use a whisk to mix it all together and allow the liquid simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the maple syrup and cinnamon, mix together, and use the whisk to create a little froth.
- Pour in to your favourite mug and relax