With the rain finally ending (at least I hope!), it’s about to start getting real cold here in Atlanta. With the holidays, and the cold, finally, I love making some fun after school treats once in awhile. And, what’s better than coming home from school all cold, throwing down the backpacks, tearing off the jackets, and enjoying some hot cocoa? Mmmm…
What I love about this, and the kids don’t even know, is that it is actually pretty good for them! The fat from the coconut milk is of course, awesome for them. But the raw cacao powder is fabulous too. With more magnesium than any other food, loads of iron, and up to 4x more antioxidants that green tea, why would you not make this?! Actually, just be sure you don’t do it too late in the day or the cacao can keep them up since it does have some caffeine in it. If yours are sensitive, this might be a better weekend treat.
Here is what you need for your Healthy (shhh) Hot Cocoa:
- 3 tbsp raw cacao powder (WF or Amazon)
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar (or an extra tbsp if you like things sweeter)
- 1/2 cup of original almond milk (I used Whole Foods brand for this)
- 1 cup coconut milk full fat
- 2-4 tbsp dark chocolate chunks
The cacao can be a little tricky to mix with liquids. The cacao powder and liquids can be like oil and water and just won’t combine well, unless your liquid is hot. So, I would actually start by warming up the water first in your pot. Then add the cacao powder and stir until smooth. That part is very important!! Once those are combined, then add in the rest of your ingredients and let it come to a boil while you continue to stir. Then turn off immediately and serve. I like mine without the extra chocolate since that part can get a little chunky and sometimes it doesn’t turn out to be super smooth, but of course the kids don’t mind that at all!