Peppermint hot chocolate! This is pretty much my most favourite winter drink ever. I probably don’t even wait for it to be winter or any type of holiday season to have chocolate and peppermint, but it feels extra special for the whole month of December, and who doesn’t love to feel special?!
The ingredients I use to make this hot chocolate actually make me feel good about drinking something delicious and nourishing. Raw cacao is super full of antioxidants and one of the highest food sources of magnesium; peppermint is a wicked digestive tonic and has a natural stimulating effect on the nervous system – it’s a great pick-me-up with none of the downsides of caffeine; coconut butter is busting with amino acids, healthy fats, protein and fiber; dates sweeten with natural fruit sugars that won’t harm our immune systems or spike blood sugar like crazy. In conclusion, this might taste like a drink you should feel guilty about, but it’s actually a drink you should feel awesome about. So, put that in your pipe and smoke it. Or, in your blender and then in your mug and drink it.
Raw Peppermint Hot Cacao
1 1/2 cups just boiled water
1 tbsp coconut butter or 2 tbsp hemp seeds
2 tbsp cacao powder
2 medjool dates or 4 baking dates (or 2 tbsp maple syrup/agave syrup)
sprinkle of celtic sea salt
2 drops food-grade peppermint essential oil or 1/4 tsp organic peppermint extract
Drink up frothy, minty chocolately goodness. Nomnomnom.
A note on ingredient substitutions:
Raw Cacao. If you don’t have or really don’t want to buy raw cacao, you can use an organic cocoa powder instead. Make sure it’s a good one though, as this will really affect the flavour. I highly recommend raw cacao, though. It’s way more nutritious, and tastes pretty awesome.
Coconut Butter. You can also sub almond milk for the coconut butter/hemp seeds + water, but it won’t be quite as rich and dark, you’ll get more of a milk chocolate. Also, if you use a nut milk, make sure you don’t boil it when heating! If you want to use coconut butter, you can find Artisana brand raw coconut butter in most natural foods stores.
Sweetener. If you’re really watching sugars, feel free to sub stevia for the dates. Either liquid or powdered stevia will work, use just a tiny drop and increase to taste.
Now I’m going to curl up with a cat and a mug of delicious and wait for the snow. Winter. It’s happening.