Like any normal human being, I love chocolate. I’ve mentioned before that if I had money to throw away, I would TOTALLY spend it all on chocolate and just eat it without any reservations.
Luckily for me, and you, chocolate can actually be incredibly healthy. It’s filled with minerals such as zinc and magnesium. Zinc is fantastic at busting colds, especially in the early stages. I believe that it binds to the substrate of the pathogen and changes its conformation so that it’s unable to replicate and progress the sickness? Don’t quote me on that. And quite frankly, magnesium is fantastic at everything. It reduces/eliminates cramping (remember this one when you’re on your moon ladies!), aids in the passage of bowels, helps in the proper formation of bones, prevents heart arrhythmias, and much more. But one of the best things about magnesium is that is helps your mood, a LOT– especially when you’re stressed. So maybe next time you’re stressed and you’re craving chocolate you should give in to you body’s wants and indulge in some chocolate. I know I sure love to do so.
But there’s this thing with chocolate, you can’t just eat a Hershey’s bar and expect to get all of the aforementioned benefits. I know, I’m sorry, but really, it’s not going to happen that way.
The most nutritionally superior chocolates are the ones that are the least processed. Think: those stupidly expensive $12 a pop micro sized chocolate bars that you see at Whole Foods. I lust after those bad boys but there’s no way I can afford the regular consumption of such yum-yum goodness. Fortunately, there are alternatives.
You can get organic raw cacao powder online, mix it with organic coconut oil or cacao butter, and add a sweetener of your choice (I like coconut sugar), put it in the fridge and voila! You have a really smooth and healthy chocolate at your disposal for much much less than those micro bars at Whole Foods. Did I mention that the fats from the coconut oil are freaking awesome for you? I didn’t? Well now you know!
So that’s all fine and dandy, but what about hot chocolate? That’s where I come in. I have this awesome recipe for a smoooooth, velvety, dark hot chocolate; I like to drink it on mornings when I’m feeling more chocolatey rather than coffee-y. If you’re in a more coffee kind of mood, you can check out my recipe for ganoderma coffee (a coffee substitute made from a healing mushroom) here.
I took the liberty of adding a dash of grapefruit essential oil which totally rounds out the whole drink. Mmm. I also add gelatin powder to my hot chocolate as it gives it a nice kick of gut-healing protein which I desperately need as I’ve just recovered from the flu! Do you think I’m crazy because of what I just said? Well, crazily enough, your intestinal flora (aka the bacterial population of your gut), correlates with your immune health. Essentially, poor gut health = poor immune health. Gelatin is incredibly soothing for the gut lining as it repairs damage to the intestinal mucosal lining. Prettty awesome.
Anyways, let’s get to it.
Dark Hot Chocolate with a Grapefruit Zing
- 1.5-2 tbsp of raw, organic cacao Powder (Get it here)
- 0.5-1 tbsp of grass fed gelatin (Get it here)
- 0.5-1 tbsp (yes, tbsp) of organic ceylon cinnamon (Get it here)
- a dash of himalayan sea salt (Get it here)
- 2-4 tsp of coconut sugar, more or less depending on your taste (Get it here)
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract (Get it here)
- 3-4 tbsp of coconut milk (Get it here)
- 1.5 cups of nearly boiling hot water (Get it on your own ;) )
- Therapeutic grade grapefruit essential oil (Get it here) ** or grapefruit zest in a cloth tea bag
- Your absolute favorite coffee mug, this is crucial, by the way.
**DO NOT USE grapefruit oil that is not therapeutic grade, it will be harmful to your health! If you don’t have certified pure therapeutic grade grapefruit essential oil, you can order some here, or let the zest of some grapefruit soak in your hot chocolate and remove it upon consumption.
1.) Add all of the DRY ingredients into your favorite coffee mug. If you don’t use your favorite coffee mug, this recipe WILL NOT WORK! If you like your chocolate more sweet, add more coconut sugar and a little less of the cacao powder. I love my hot chocolate really chocolatey rather than sugary.
2.) Mix all of the dry ingredients up so that the powder mixture looks uniform in appearance.
3.) Add about 1/3 of a cup of hot, hot water to the powder mixture and mix it up with a spoon so that you have a thick paste. This step is CRUCIAL, otherwise you’ll just get a bunch of chocolate lumps.
4.) Add a little bit more water to loosen up the paste.
5.) After loosening up the paste, add 1 tsp of vanilla extract, 1-2 drops of certified pure therapeutic grade grapefruit essential oil, and your 3-4 tbsp of coconut milk. Stir it all up. **If you chose to use grapefruit zest, add the tea bag with the zest here.
6.) Slowly add the remainder of your 1.5 cups of hot water, stirring as you do so.
7.) Take a taste and adjust the sweetening as you deem necessary!
8.) Take a deep breath, relax, decompress, and enjoy the living hell out of this cup of goodness.
I was debating between this mug too….
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