I LOVE warm drinks. My warm drank options became limited, as I recently gave up coffee. During February, I'll be attending a one month yoga teacher training in Baja, where we will only be served herbal tea. So, I decided to cut the coffee habit now. It was never an addiction, but DAMN I love me a good cuppa joe to start the day. Or after an early ocean session, nothing beats a dark roast. In the meantime, I'm trying to get a little more creative with my options and have been experimenting with teas, matte lattes, turmeric milks, and cocoas.
While all my girls are drinking green juices and detoxing, I'm drinking hot chocolate. Confession, maybe everyday just to experiment with different variations. So here I've got two simple recipes for hot cocoas without the soy lechethin, hydrogenated oils, and weird paper/plastic pouches that are actually tin foil on the inside (wtf). Cocoa still contains caffeine, but it is less than coffee. And the real problem is my coffee habit not my caffeine addiction. Meanwhile, my chocolate habit is unavoidable, hereditary, and hopeless.
Dark Chocoholic's Hot Cocoa
If you prefer milk chocolate, scroll away. Far away. I personally like the almost bitter flavor akin to a quality chunk of dark chocolate. Most of all, this drink won't weigh you down from an intense sugar surge. Use more or less liquid to adjust thickness or sweetener to adjust taste.
- 1/2 c. water
- 1/2 c almond milk
- 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
- Dash vanilla
- Sprinkle to 1/2 tsp cinnamon,
- Sprinkle salt
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 1 tsp. honey
1. Heat water, almond milk, and cocoa powder in microwave for two minutes. Or use stovetop until warm, stirring occasionally.
2.Stir in the rest of the ingredients.
3. Sip and ponder why you ever drank hot chocolate mix.
The Silky, Spicy, Smooth Cocoa
This variation is a spicier version of that amazing hot cocoa you drank at some ski lodge when you were ten. For those who still drink the brew, get crazy. Substitute brewed coffee (or some whiskey OR BOTH) for the water.
- 4 dates
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/4 c. water
- spices: cinnamon, cayenne, salt, pepper
- Soak dates in almond milk for an hour or more.
- Blend dates, almond milk, water and cocoa powder.
- Heat liquids on stovetop stirring occasionally or microwave (watch for spillover).
- Add spices to taste. My combo- LOTSA cinnamon try a half teaspoon to start, pinch of salt, pinch of pepper, and a solid sprinkle of cayenne.
- Sip and enjoy a morning read... or chug, enjoy, and make round two :)