We have a knack for making healthy taste really f*ing good, and bevvys are no exception. While we typically reach for green juices and smoothies, coconut water cocktails, or good old-fashioned h2o in times of thirst, it’s getting a bit um… frigid here in New England, so we’re opting for something a little, well, warmer.
Just in time for the holidays and Boston sub-zero temps, the perfect, high-vibe healthy hot chocolate.
Unlike most pre-made hot cocoa mixes loaded with excess sugar, artificial ingredients, and other weird additives, our conscious hot-cacao concoction is actually quite healthy.
Healthy Ingredient Highlights:
AKA raw chocolate. Officially recognized by health experts as the “food of the gods”, raw cacao is the highest antioxidant food source on the planet. Raw cacao improves heart health, helps build strong bones, aids muscle function and relaxation, prevents cramping, is a natural aphrodisiac (bonus!), elevates your mood, gives you energy, and increases longevity.
Raw Coconut Oil:
Unofficially recognized by us as “food from the gods”, like raw cacao, raw unrefined coconut oil is insanely beneficial. Rich in medium-chain triglycerides and lauric acid (the same nutrient-dense substance found in breast milk), studies show that moderate amounts of coconut help with fat loss, weight control, increasing metabolic rate, and digestion. Plus, it tastes amazing.
High-Vibe Hot Chocolate
Makes: 2-3 servings
2 cups water
4 Medjool dates, pitted
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tbsp dark chocolate chips
1 tbsp vanilla or chocolate protein powder - this is our fave
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp raw almond butter
small pinch Himalayan salt (if almond butter isn’t salted)
Optional add-ins: 1 square of Sakara’s insanely delicious CBD chocolate, cinnamon, cayenne for some heat and / or coconut whipped cream to top. (Share your variations in the comments!)
Bring water to boil. Meanwhile, add the rest of the ingredients to the blender. When the water reaches its temp, add it to the blender and close the lid carefully. Keeping one hand on the lid to make sure it stays sealed*, start blending on low then increase to max speed. It should be ready after about 30 seconds. Taste and adjust to your liking. More water makes it thinner, and adding another date or 2 makes it sweeter. We find the above blend absolute perfection.
Notes for the non-chef
*Important: Before you start, make sure your blender is approved for hot liquids. Otherwise, use cold / room temperature water and heat up your mix on the stove after blending.
Also important: If you don’t want to spend a small fortune on a jar of store bought coconut butter, make your own at home, in less than 10 minutes. Here’s how.
Not a big fan of dates? Try one of these healthy sugar subs.
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And… leave us comment!
What’s your go-to winter bevvy? Let us know in the comments. Ours is hot chocolate (obvi) and copious amounts of tea.
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