Your favorite winter drink gets a healthy makeover with this calming maca hot chocolate.
Okay I just need to get one thing out there: I am not much of a health-food-trend-follower. I’m almost 100% certain I will never get on the ‘zoodle’ train because I love carbs and I don’t understand people’s hatred towards them. I’m not going to make and eat ‘cloud bread’ for the same reasons I won’t eat zoodles, I don’t care about carbs, I don’t want to wear a ‘kale yeah’ shirt and I will absolutely never ever EVER make, eat or post a smoothie bowl. Especially not a green smoothie bowl.
I totally support eating read food, eating well, feeling awesome and moving our bodies, though. I dance and go for walks and I’m a huge fidget but I would rather watch paint dry than go to a gym. It’s just not my thing. I’m an enormous fan of vegetables of almost every variety and I love eating sometimes insane amounts of them- usually cooked-not raw because my stomach can’t handle raw vegetables. I eat crazy amounts of fruit because it’s delicious and I love whole grains.
I also really, really love chocolate and hot chocolate. Chocolate makes me really happy. Hell, I’m fairly certain chocolate makes most people happy and I’m a pretty passionate advocate for comfort foods and this maca hot chocolate definitely fits the bill for me on cold afternoon walks or for cozying up on the couch with a blanket.
When it comes to drinks, 99.9% of the time I want it to be pretty healthy. It isn’t a ‘rule’ I make for myself, it’s just the way I prefer it. I make choices based on how I feel and how I want to feel and while I can tolerate sweet and decadent cookies and cakes, I can’t tolerate really indulgent drinks. It’s likely because with a drink, it’s absorbed so quickly that my system can’t handle it and I end up feeling gross which is definitely not what I’m after when I’m looking for comfort.
A year ago I started making this calming maca hot chocolate when I was stressed to the max and my hormones were totally out of whack. I was dealing with some health issues and I turned to maca root to try and help. I’m not a medical professional nor a scientist so if you want to read about maca, you can do so here, but it really did help balance my moods and hormone levels in a time when nothing else was really helping.
It became my 3:00pm drink at the cafe when our traffic had died down and we were starting to unwind for the day. My mom and I sipped our drinks for a half an hour in big comfy chairs, by the fire and chatted before we finished cleaning up and then we would go for a nice walk before going home. Without fail, within minute of finishing my drink, I would feel calmer, more relaxed and happier.
We did this for months and I can honestly say it truly helped. We stopped drinking them when the weather got warmer and we no longer wanted a cozy drink by the fireplace but, now that the cold weather is creeping up on us, we’re finding ourselves reaching for the bags of maca and dark cocoa to make our favorite healthy cozy drink.
I will say that I don’t use raw cocoa like so many others do as it makes me very ill. It could just be me but, anytime I use raw cocoa, I feel quite sick for hours so I tend to stay away from it. I have a deep affection for Rodelle cocoa so that’s what I use. It has incredible flavor and I’ve never had another cocoa I’ve loved more. I use a mix of Rodelle dark cocoa, maca powder, cinnamon, ginger, raw sugar, vanilla and a touch of salt, whisk in some hot water and then finish it with a healthy amount of steamed whole milk.
It couldn’t be simpler or cozier than this.
Happy Wednesday, friends!
- 1½ tsp maca powder
- 2 TBSP dark cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp sweetener of choice (more if needed)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- a healthy pinch of salt
- 1½ C total liquid (mix of boiling water and milk of choice)
- Combine all dry ingredients in a large mug.Add about ¼ cup boiling water and whisk until no lumps remain. Add remaining hot water and steamed/frothed/warmed milk (however you choose to heat your milk), stir well, top with chocolate shavings if desired and enjoy warm!
You may need to stir the hot chocolate periodically while drinking to prevent the cocoa from settling on the bottom of the mug- whisking the dry mixture with a small amount of hot water first helps prevent this.
You can also combine everything in a blender and blend until smooth.
To make vegan, simply use a non dairy milk. My preference is homemade coconut milk!
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