This Paleo & dairy free hot chocolate is rich, creamy and full of goodness with a blend of anti-inflammatory and immune boosting spices. It is the perfect cosy pick me up on a chilly day!
This Paleo hot chocolate is the perfect blend of a cosy chocolate treat (that lets face it we all need those now and then!) but with some extra goodies in there such as turmeric, ginger and cinnamon – which may help reduce inflammation, support immune function and improve circulation (1),(2),(3).
(Please note this post is from August 2018)
Having just returned from a winter escape in Fiji (lucky us!) I am feeling a little under the weather after traveling, the change in temperature and in need of something to fight off those winter blues and give me a good healthy boost!
If I am being completely honest I am also suffering from a touch of post holiday blues and what better to help with that than a good dose of chocolate! Or to be specific in this case – raw cacao!
This Paleo and dairy free version of hot chocolate contains raw cacao powder as opposed to the more heavily processed cocoa powder which is processed at very high temperatures.
Raw cacao powder is a natural superfood, it is more nutrient dense than cocoa powder with very high levels of antioxidants (4).
Raw cacao is not only high in antioxidants, magnesium and iron (5), but also can help increase levels of feel good neurotransmitters that can help promote a sense of well-being and lift the mood.
Just what the doctor ordered I think!
Additional Notes for making this Paleo Anti-Inflammatory Hot Chocolate
For those of you that know me I am always adding in spices where I can, in particular turmeric well known now for its anti-inflammatory, immune supportive (particularly immune modulating) and liver supporting properties (6), (7).
This hot chocolate is no exception!
- I have added a dash of ground black pepper to this hot chocolate which helps with the bio availability of the turmeric – in particular curcumin – the principal compound in turmeric around which most of the research is focused (9).
- Another trick to enhance absorption is to consume turmeric with fat – adding 1/2 tsp of coconut oil to this hot chocolate is another option.
- You can use any milk that you like – this hot chocolate works well with unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk.
- It really is worth going the extra milk and using a milk frother or putting this mixture quickly into your blender and blending it for a few seconds, this mixes the spices in well and makes it slightly frothy.
If you are looking for other ways to add raw cacao powder into your diet you may like to try:
Or for other healthy drinks you may like:
I hope you enjoy this recipe! Please let me know how you got on in the comments below, I love hearing from you!
Have a lovely week!
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A paleo and vegan hot chocolate with a delicious blend of spices
2 minPrep Time
5 minCook Time
7 minTotal Time
- 1 cup nut milk
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tbspn raw cacao powder
- 1 tspn ground cinnamon
- 1/2 - 1 tspn ground ginger - depending on your taste
- 1/2 - 3/4 tspn ground turmeric - depending on your taste
- pinch nutmeg
- pinch sea salt
- dash freshly ground black pepper
- stevia, maple syrup or honey to sweeten as desired.
- In a medium saucepan gently heat up the nut milk, water, spices and the salt and pepper.
- Stir on a medium heat for 5 minutes to allow the flavours to infuse. Add the raw cacao powder and stir through until the flavours are combined.
- Add desired sweetener to taste.
- Whisk or use a milk frother to lightly froth if desired.
I like this drink to have quite a ginger kick, start with 1/2 tspn and taste and add more if you prefer.