Health Benefits of Hot Chocolate

Posted on August 20th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

 

 

Did you see this news story? It’s great news about a new study about how cocoa can actually help enhance our memory by facilitating blood flow to the brain. Well, I think that’s about all the excuse I need to not wait until November to start drinking hot chocolate! 😉

In honor of this good news, I thought I’d share a couple of recipes for you to enjoy a good for you chocolate treat!

 

Healthy Hot Cocoa

3 tablespoons unsweetened c0coa powder (ideally, organic)

2 tablespoons raw honey

2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract

3 cups milk (organic whole milk or coconut milk…or milk of your choice)

1.     Add milk to a medium-size saucepan and heat over low heat for about 7 minutes or until desired temperature.

2.    In a small bowl, combine cocoa powder, honey and vanilla.  Stir until it makes a paste

3.    Add cacao mixture to the warm milk, stir until cocoa mixture has completely dissolved.

4.    Serve immediately.

 

Healthy Chocolate Pudding

2 Tbsp Unflavored Gelatin
1/2 cup cool water
2 oz Unsweetened Dark Chocolate or Cocoa
1 can coconut milk, (use canned, full fat)
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup maple syrup/honey

Directions:

Mix the chocolate (melt, if not using cocoa) with the coconut milk and sweetener thoroughly. Heat to warm and mix in the vanilla. Mix the gelatin with 1/3 cup of warm water until dissolved. Add the dissolved gelatin to the chocolate mixture and stir well. Put the pudding into the refrigerator for one-two hours or until set and chilled.

 

Do you wait for cold weather to drink hot chocolate or do you enjoy it regardless of the temperature outside?


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