Though hot cocoa is a winter classic, making this super-charged hot cocoa could conceivably rival your morning coffee all year ’round. You might even experiment, adding coffee to this recipe and invent your own brain-awakening, satisfying Starbucks-esque caffè mocha cuppa! To your healthy, I say!
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Want to slow down aging and increase your overall strength, stamina and mental sharpness? I know I do, so I’ve been playing around with using coconut oil and turmeric together (there she goes again with the turmeric and the coconut oil!) daily for a way to boost brain power and overall immune system capacity. Add a few other super-foods as part of your routine, and there you have it:
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Drinking this super-food hot cocoa every day could very well keep the doctor away. My husband and I drink a cup of this twice a day and he has seen big results in his joint pain and general inflammation. See below for the reasons I can make that statement. (Note: If you get too close to bedtime, the caffeine in the cocoa could keep you awake).
You needn’t use dairy or expensive chocolate to make the best hot cocoa, all you need is just a few super-food ingredients you may already have a home.
Superfood Mexican Hot Cocoa Recipe
This fabulous recipe serves 2 cups of creamy goodness!
- 2 cups HOT (not boiling) water OR coconut milk (see how I make mine with coconut cream concentrate)
- 1 heaping TBSP unrefined coconut oil (this is what I use)
- 1 TBSP unsweetened raw cacao powder (rounded to heaping, depending on how chocolatey you like it)
- 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
- a pinch black pepper (needed for proper absorption of turmeric)
- a pinch of cayenne pepper or to taste
- 1 tsp. maca powder OR chocolate protein powder OR 1 TBSP gelatin powder (ones I use, optional)
- 1 teaspoon of maple syrup or honey OR stevia drops to taste (I like this one)
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder, optional
- 1/2 teaspoon of Himalayan or sea salt (ones I use daily for minerals – see salt sole)
#1 Blender Method:
- Combine ALL ingredients in blender and blend to make a smooth, hot mixture.
- Serve immediately while still very warm and enjoy.
#2 My Teapot Method:
- In a small teapot, add all ingredients and heat.
- Just before it boils, remove from heat.
- Use a stick blender right in the teapot and blend until frothy. Pour to serve while still very warm. It’s easier for me than a blender, so I’ve dedicated this teapot for this use!
Note: Recipe can be doubled or multiplied as needed. More sweetener can be added for a sweeter hot chocolate if desired. Adding more coconut oil will make a thicker hot chocolate. Skip the cayenne and add a handful of frozen berries for a chilled berry version.
Note: My husband has started adding this mix (I premix the dry ingredients now) to his morning coffee and calls it his Spiced Mexican Coffee. I am almost tempted to start coffee!
Coconut and coconut milk are made up of pretty impressive Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA’s). The digestion of MCFA’s by the liver creates ketones which are a readily accessible energy for the brain. Ketones supply energy to the brain without the need of insulin to process glucose into energy.
Recent research has shown that the brain actually creates it’s own insulin to process glucose and power brain cells. As the brain of an Alzheimer’s patient has lost the ability to create it’s own insulin, the ketones from coconut oil creates an alternate source of energy to help repair brain function. (source 1, 2)
Black pepper increases the effectiveness of turmeric by as much as 2000% (5). You can learn more about how to optimize turmeric absorption here.
Cinnamon slows blood sugar spike and reduces blood glucose concentration, which can help assist with weight loss and help manage diabetes. Cinnamaldehyde, an active compound found in cinnamon, is also believed to suppress colon cancer cells and may be effective against human liver cancer cells (6).
According to a major study published in Diabetics Care, authors concluded that consuming only 6 grams of cinnamon per day (that’s equivalent to 3 capsules) “reduces serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes.” and that “the inclusion of cinnamon in the diet of people with type 2 diabetes will reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.” (source)
Maca is commonly used to treat chronic fatigue and anemia. It boosts memory, stamina, athletic performance, energy, and fertility. Women can use maca for female hormone imbalance, menstrual problems, and to lessen symptoms of menopause (10).
Drinking two cups of this super-charged hot cocoa every day could keep the doctor away. And what a relief that would be (unless, of course, you are married to one)!
Spices have always been held in the highest regard. We can learn from the ancients and do the same:
“The traders of Sheba and Raamah, they traded with you; they paid for your wares with the best of all kinds of spices, and with all kinds of precious stones and gold.” ~Ezekiel 27:22
Thanks for reading!