Looking for an organic, preservative and additive free hot cocoa recipe?
Last year I made hot cocoa using pantry ingredients I had on hand and it was great. It was rich and tasty and made for some cute, affordable holiday gifts, but it wasn’t the healthiest thing in the world to drink.
Since then, we have discovered the magic of coconut sugar and have been able to source really nice organic dairy from a local farm.
Dairy in general is best consumed in moderation. If you can’t go without your dairy, organic from grass fed cows is best. Grass fed dairy is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Coconut sugar is full of antioxidants, minerals, and fiber. Dark cocoa contains flavonoids. So this hot cocoa is practically a health drink. 😉
Okay, so maybe it’s not a health drink. But at the very least, you don’t have to feel guilty about drinking it once in a while!
Here’s my recipe:
Just place all the ingredients in a small saucepan and whisk over medium low heat just until the cocoa powder and coconut sugar dissolves and the cocoa is slightly warmer than body temperature.
Serve with a cinnamon stick for extra antioxidant power and added holiday flavor.
A NOTE ABOUT DAIRY
We try to stay away from dairy as best as we can, but we do indulge from time to time.
Dairy is inflammatory and inflammation plays a significant role in the cause of several diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, and cancer.
Links have been found between over consumption of dairy and hormone driven cancers, so it’s best to try and limit it to the things you can’t live without. Everything in moderation is okay, especially if it’s organic and grass fed.
Holidays don’t count though. Just in case you were wondering. After all, what’s a holiday party without a cheese platter?! A snow day without hot cocoa?! Doesn’t exist.
Happy Holiday Season and enjoy!!
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