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Hot Chocolate with Superfoods

January 26, 2020

This hot chocolate made with superfoods is packed-full of immune-boosting, antioxidant-filled ingredients that make for one heck of cup of hot cocoa! From coconut, to turmeric and the sweetness of raw honey, this is a hot chocolate recipe you can feel good about drinking.

I am SUCH a baby when I’m not feeling well. There’s a lot of things I’m good at, but being sick is not one of them.

*blows nose dramatically*

Anything that makes me feel less than 100% feels like the plague to me. Typically, I just completely give up. I lay in bed all day, wallowing in my sorrows, while simultaneously drowning in the black hole that is YouTube. But not this time! This time I channeled all of my sickness into an epic hot chocolate recipe packed full of superfoods that would make me feel awesome instead of shi-tayyyyy.

And that my friends is how this hot chocolate recipe came about and I really do think it helped! I was back to my normal self in less than 48 hours, which for me is unheard of. I’m convinced all of the superfood goodness really worked it’s magic on my cold. If it can cure this sick baby, then it can basically cure the world. Drink up!

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Superfoods in this Hot Chocolate Recipe

Raw cacao – Cacao powder is made from cacao beans. It is loaded with antioxidants, magnesium and iron. Make sure you’re grabbing cacao and not cocoa which is a more processed version of the cacao bean. 

Maca powder – I feel like 10 years ago no one knew what maca was and now so many are including it in their everyday smoothies and drinks! It’s still a fairly new superfood on the market so more studies are needed for conclusive health benefits BUT some studies have shown that it can increase sex drive, improve mood and balance hormones. (Source)

Ground turmeric – The real star of this show (sorry other ingredients!) is turmeric. It is anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. The active ingredient, curcumin, has a bunch of scientifically proven health benefits like improving depression and chronic diseases. The superfood of all superfoods! (Source)

Ground cinnamon – Cinnamon? A superfood? Yes! Cinnamon is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has antifungal and antibacterial properties – so cool! (Source)

Raw honey – Ok, I said turmeric was the star but honey is up there too! It’s packed with antioxidants and has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Aka perfect for healing! (Source)

Coconut oil – Did you know that the fatty acids in coconut oil can kill harmful bacteria, fungi and viruses?! I knew it was great to externally treat skin conditions and wounds but had never thought about healing internally. Look for organic, unrefined, virgin coconut oil if possible! (Source)

Tips for Perfecting Hot Chocolate

Don’t overheat! I recommend heating the non-dairy milk in a saucepan on the stovetop so you can control the temperature. 

Whisk or blend. If you feel like you can’t get the powders to dissolve in the milk, use a whisk or blender to fully mix them in

Make in bulk. If you are a hot chocolate lover or making this for a crowd, you can pre-measure and mix the superfoods ahead of time. You can store the dry spice mixture in an airtight container and add to your milk coconut oil and honey mixture when you’re ready to whip up a batch!

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Hot Chocolate with Superfoods

This hot chocolate made with superfoods is packed-full of immune-boosting, antioxidant-filled ingredients that make for one heck of cup of hot cocoa! From coconut, to turmeric and the sweetness of raw honey, this is a hot chocolate recipe you can feel good about drinking.

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add milk of choice to a medium-sized sauce pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Lower to a simmer and add cacao powder and stir.
  3. Add in maca powder, turmeric and cinnamon and continue to stir.
  4. Stir in honey until well combined.
  5. Add coconut oil and whip in until all chunks are melted and mixture becomes thick.
  6. Serve immediately.

*if you can’t find any, no worries! You can omit it.

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  • Reply
    Lori
    June 4, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Loved it!

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    Lindsey
    April 18, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    I just want to hug you! I have always thought that I was the worlds biggest baby about being sick so its great to know that I’m not alone! My baby and I have been passing a cold back and forth all month and I have found that it super sucks to have to chase a baby all over the house while you just want to be a baby yourself, so I have been downing immune boosters like crazy to hopefully break this cycle. And I have to say that this recipe is the tastiest one by far! Thanks for saving my sanity!

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      April 23, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      Hope it helped! I know exactly what you mean. More than the superfoods, sometimes chocolate is just what the soul needs xoxo

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    Cameo
    January 13, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    I love this recipe. I am not a big SWEET person so to find this that isn’t bitter or spicy orjust gross is so great! it is now my favorite. Thank you!!

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    Nadine Wesaw
    November 9, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Are all the ingredients alright when breastfeeding? and is it OK to serve this recipe to a 21 month old?

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    Susel
    February 24, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    yep yep I will be making this when I get home. I made your immunity boosting soup as I am currently sick and now need to make this as well! <3

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    Leah
    January 23, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Davida, this was so delicious!! I just started a cold last night so I’ll be trying a lot of your cold/flu busting recipes I think!
    I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      January 24, 2016 at 11:04 am

      Glad to hear you enjoyed it and hope you start to feel better soon!

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