January and February in Canada are rough. I’ve seen enough -35 C this winter and have taken to hibernating fireplace side with a big mug of my healthy hot chocolate in hand.
And I’m not talking about the instant hot chocolate drink mix that’s an inflammatory combination of sugar, modified milk ingredients, artificial flavour, and preservatives. I mean a creamy cup of real chocolatey goodness full of antioxidants and sweetened with pure Canadian maple syrup.
I have quite a few recipes on my blog with raw cacao and often explain the difference between raw cacao and cocoa powder. Yes, there is a BIG difference between the two. Raw cacao is cold-pressed allowing it to retain all the valuable nutrients of the cacao bean. Cocoa powder, on the other hand, has been heated with high temperatures, destroying the beneficial vitamins and minerals.
The base recipe for this healthy hot chocolate is delicious as is, but feel free to throw in additional ingredients to turn it into a healing elixir. Here are a few of my favourite boosters. Add one or all — totally up to you!
A decadent hot chocolate full of antioxidants to boost your health in the cold winter months.
5 minPrep Time
5 minTotal Time
To get ½ a drop, add one drop of essential oil to a spoon and let the drop run off into the hot chocolate mixture. Stir well. If you like a stronger peppermint flavour, add one whole drop. If you’d like less of a peppermint flavour, dip a toothpick in the essential oil bottle and then swirl into the hot chocolate mixture.