Sometimes a grey, rainy day needs a warm treat. This healthy hot chocolate is delicious, easy to make and full of minerals and good fats. It’s also dairy free and free of refined sugar or artificial sweeteners.
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The proportions for this are a bit loosey-goosey. I don’t like things super sweet so you may want a bit more coconut sugar. Or add a bit more cacao if you want delectable, rich chocolate. Even when I make it I taste it to make adjustments before transferring it to the stove to warm up.
I love the Ninja for recipes like this because the single serve cups make it so simple to gauge your portions. One 16 oz cup makes 2 mugs of healthy hot chocolate (depending on how big your mugs are).
The great thing about this treat is all three ingredients are full of health benefits.
Coconut milk is full of healthy fats and lauric acid (which is converted to monolaurin which has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties).
Coconut sugar has minerals like zinc, calcium, potassium and iron. It also is a good source of inulin, a prebiotic that supports gut health, helps your body metabolize fat and improves immunity.
Raw cacao powder is a great source of antioxidants and both magnesium and iron. Magnesium is a nutrient most of us don’t get enough of that can relax muscles and improve your heart and cardiovascular system. It can also lower blood pressure and dissolve plaque in your arteries.
What’s your favorite rainy day, healthy treat?