Healthy Hot Chocolate - Our Spicy Cacao Elixir

Healthy Hot Chocolate anyone? 

Cayenne and chocolate are the showstoppers in this hot elixir. It’s an amazingly warming and delicious combo that will give you the health benefits you need as the weather begins to chill, as well as the decadent taste. 

Benefits: Cacao is considered a ‘Superfruit’ and functional food because of its high antioxidant content, anti-inflammatory effect and Methylxanthine Reward which enhances mood and concentration levels.¹ ² It is also known to increase beneficial gut microbes while decreasing the bad guys.³

Cayenne is a warming spice and is known as anti-inflammatory along with other health benefits like decreasing congestion, increasing circulation, relieving headaches, etc.4

What is cacao? Simply put, this is the unrefined version of cocoa! So it’s basically raw chocolate that contains tons of minerals and phytonutrients. 

This recipe was created by our in house Holistic Nutritionist,  Kari Fraser, CNP (Hons). 

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Spicy Cacao Chocolate Elixir
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Prep Time 10-15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
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Ingredients
Elixir
  • 1 cup Water, filtered
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Cacao Paste (organic & raw) shaved or grated
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Cacao powder (organic & raw)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 3 Cardamom pods
  • 1 pinch mountain/Himalayan salt
  • 1 pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 oz Mylk almond or coconut
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
Toppings
  • 1/4 cup almonds chopped or shaved
  • 4-8 dried cranberries or golden berries chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cacao Nibs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Coconut shavings
Prep Time 10-15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
Elixir
  • 1 cup Water, filtered
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Cacao Paste (organic & raw) shaved or grated
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Cacao powder (organic & raw)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 3 Cardamom pods
  • 1 pinch mountain/Himalayan salt
  • 1 pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 oz Mylk almond or coconut
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
Toppings
  • 1/4 cup almonds chopped or shaved
  • 4-8 dried cranberries or golden berries chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cacao Nibs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Coconut shavings
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Instructions
  1. Heat water just before it boils, keep it on medium heat. It’s best not to bring to a boil during preparation to ensure you don’t burn the cacao and spices.
  2. Add mylk, cayenne, cinnamon, cardamon pods and salt, blend with spoon.
  3. Add cacao butter and powder.
  4. Use a spoon and stir elixir until the cacao has melted.
  5. Let simmer for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Optional step: strain elixir into a heat sensitive high speed blender and blend for 5-10 secs. Straining ensures you’re not blending up the cardamom pods.
  7. Add elixir to your favourite mug and top with almonds, dried cranberries or golden berries, cacao nibs and coconut shavings.
  8. Enjoy!
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