Hot Chocolate with Raw Cacao and Cayenne

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Hot Chocolate with Raw Cacao and Cayenne

It’s the most wonderful time of year.. to enjoy hot chocolate! This creamy and warming Hot Chocolate with Raw Cacao and Cayenne is a delicious healthier alternative to the typical hot chocolates you’ll find at your local coffee shops. Made with homemade almond milk, natural sweetener, maca and a pinch of cayenne for a spicy kick, this drink is truly a warm hug on a cold day. Both the raw cacao and maca powder are superfoods you can feel good about. With two tablespoons of cacao, you’ll be getting a rich dose of antioxidants. The maca powder offers a soft taste of caramel flavour and is considered an “adaptogen” plant, meaning it helps the body naturally cope with stress. Although only a pinch of cayenne pepper is used, a little goes a long way in terms of flavour — be careful not to add too much! Spicy cayenne pepper is known to fight inflammation and provide digestive support, as the spice stimulates the digestive tract while increasing gastric juices and the flow of enzymes. I hope you’ll enjoy this superfood hot chocolate (preferably curled up by the fire)!

Hot Chocolate with Raw Cacao and Cayenne
Serves 1
A creamy and warming hot chocolate with a spicy kick.
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Almond Milk
  1. 1 cup raw almonds (soaked overnight)
  2. 3 cups water
  3. 2 medjool dates, pitted
  4. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  5. 1/8 tsp pink himalayan salt
Hot Chocolate
  1. 2 cups almond milk (if not using the recipe above, add 1 tbsp maple syrup or coconut nectar)
  2. 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  3. 1 tsp maca powder
  4. 1/8 tsp cayenne powder
To make the almond milk
  1. In a high-speed blender, blend ingredients.
  2. Strain the liquid through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth into a large bowl.
  3. Empty the almond pulp into a separate container.
  4. Store remaining almond milk in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 - 4 days.
To make the hot chocolate
  1. In a small saucepan, stir ingredients over medium heat for a few minutes until warm enough to drink. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. This can also be enjoyed cool by blending all ingredients in a high-speed blender.
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