Healthy Hot Chocolate
Cacao vs. Cocoa
Cacao powder is a nutrient-rich powder that comes from the cacao plant. It’s used to make chocolate. Cocoa is actually made from cacao but is processed using heat which removes a good amount of the nutrients. Cacao contains several nutrients including polyphenols, magnesium, and copper.
Blackstrap molasses is a natural sweetener that has nutritional value, unlike refined sugar. It contains good amounts of iron, calcium, magnesium, and B6.
Pretty much any milk will do the job, but I always like to use half coconut milk because it has some fat to create a little frothiness. There won’t be much lasting frothiness when using non-dairy milk because they don’t have enough fat to create a lasting foam.
This tool is my secret weapon because it allows me to mix everything really well. If you don’t have a frother you can just use a whisk, but you probably won’t have any foam at all.
Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipe
2 Cups Non-Dairy Milk
2 Tbsp Cacao Powder
1-2 Tbsp Blackstrap Molasses
Heat milk to just below boiling in a small saucepan. It’s important not to let it boil so the milk doesn’t start to separate. Remove from heat. Drop in cacao powder and blackstrap molasses. Insert hand frother a few centimeters from the bottom of the saucepan and mix. Carefully pour into your mug. Enjoy!
Makes 2 cups
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