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Cozy Vegan Hot Cacao

By on February 3, 2017
vegan hot cacao

Like layers, warm sweaters, mittens and simmering stews, a warm mug of hot chocolate is a cozy treat in the dark, cold winter months! Cacao is warming and stimulates energy while also elevating mood. This vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free treat is delicious and comforting in the cold winter months!

In small quantities, cacao can be a healthy treat for most people. The cacao tree is an evergreen which is native to the tropical regions of South America. Cacao beans are antioxidant-rich superfoods which boost energy, focus and alertness. Many of these antioxidants are flavenoids like anthocyanidin which prevent free radical damage and boost collagen production for healthy skin, hair and nails. Cacao also promotes mood-boosting neurotransmitters like endorphins and serotonin.

The maximum nutritional benefits are gleaned from cacao in its raw form. Since it is stimulating, it is best consumed in the morning, and those who are sensitive to caffeine should use caution. Ayurvedically, chocolate aggravates Pitta and Vata and can be difficult to digest when consumed in too strong quantities. The ginger in this recipe helps kindle agni to improve digestion of the cacao while the cardamom and cinnamon help to balance the stimulating effects.

Cozy Vegan Hot Cacao

vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbps raw organic cacao
  • 5 drops raw liquid stevia or ½ Tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup filtered homemade hemp, almond or coconut milk or water
  • ½ tsp Organic Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom
  • 1 inch grated fresh ginger

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and stir or whisk well. Bring to a gently simmer on the stovetop stirring until hot and completely mixed. Serve warm.

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About Jennifer Weinberg

Dr. Jennifer Weinberg, MD, MPH, MBE is a preventive and lifestyle medicine physician, author, environmental health expert, speaker, author and the Founder of the Simple | Pure | Whole TM Wellness Method. Her mission is to empower individuals and populations to heal themselves and live a pure, whole life through lifestyle interventions, including nutrition, physical activity, mind-body techniques and decreased toxic environmental exposures.  She offers innovative online wellness and education programs for individuals looking for sustainable optimal health and non-toxic living as well as health care providers seeking to embrace a transformative approach to health care and corporations wanting to integrate a holistic approach to corporate wellness.  For more information visit her webpage and connect with her on her Facebook page and on Twitter.

One Comment

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    Lisa

    December 31, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Is cow’s milk appropriate for those who aren’t concerned with having a vegan diet?

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