Treat Yourself and Nourish Yourself: Maca Cacao Hot Chocolate
When it’s bitterly cold outside, there’s nothing like a warm drink. Not only do they warm you from the inside out and promote digestive health in cold weather, studies show that the simple act of holding a warm cup in your hands “encourages warmth and kindness to others and helps you perceive others in a better light”! (Source: Body Into Balance by Maria Noël Groves) This winter, treat yourself and nourish yourself deeply with Maca Cacao Hot Chocolate, enriched with a spoonful of Full Moon Ghee. Our recipe makes enough to share with a friend, so you can enjoy the warmth of your connection over a warming cup of Maca Cacao Hot Chocolate. Keep reading to learn more about the powerful ingredients we use in our hot chocolate, or scroll down for the recipe and get concocting!
A Modern Take on an Ancient Tradition
Most often made with cow’s milk, cocoa powder, and sugar, hot chocolate harkens back to the earliest preparations of the treasured cacao plant. Cacao is native to the Amazon basin, and has been consumed for over 4,000 years. It was served as an unsweetened, spiced or fermented beverage by the Aztecs, Mayans, and other indigenous peoples of Central and South America.
A Spanish soldier who was part of the conquest of Mexico by Hernán Cortés tells that when Moctezuma II, emperor of the Aztecs, dined, he took no other beverage than chocolate, served in a golden goblet. Flavored with vanilla or other spices, his chocolate was whipped into a froth that dissolved in the mouth. No fewer than 60 portions each day reportedly may have been consumed by Moctezuma II, and 2,000 more by the nobles of his court. (Source: Wikipedia)
We have powered up our own hot chocolate recipe with superfood ingredients: raw cacao, maca root powder, herbs and spices, and ghee.
Beneficial Ingredients in Our Maca Cacao Hot Chocolate Recipe
Raw Cacao. High in antioxidants, iron, magnesium, calcium. Uplifting and energizing. If you don’t have raw cacao, you can substitute regular cocoa powder.
Maca Root Powder. High in protein, vitamin C, copper, and iron. Shown to increase libido and fertility and to improve mood.
Ghee. High in vitamins A, E, and K, and beneficial fatty acids. Made from butter, ghee is lactose and casein free. It strengthens bones, promotes healthy digestion, and relieves inflammation. Click here to order the best ghee, made on the full moon, for your Maca Cacao Hot Chocolate. Ghee is a wonderfully versatile cooking fat, great for sautéing, spreading on toast, roasting and baking.
Warming Spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cayenne stimulate digestion – and they’re delicious!
Adaptogenic Ashwagandha. This malty-tasting herb is one of our favorite adaptogenic herbs. Adaptogens help balance hormones for a healthy response to stress.
The Recipe: Maca Cacao Hot Chocolate
- 2 ½ cups dairy or non-dairy milk of your choice. For a drink with a thinner consistency, use 1 1/4 cup milk and 1 1/4 cup water
- 4 tablespoons raw cacao powder (or use regular cocoa powder)
- 1 tablespoon maca root powder
- 1 tablespoon Full Moon Ghee (for an extra-chocolatey treat, try our Chocolate Ghee!)
- 2-4 tablespoons maple syrup, or to taste
- A generous pinch of salt
- Optional Herbs and Spices:
- ¼ teaspoon each cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger powder
- A pinch of cayenne powder
- ½ teaspoon ashwagandha powder
- Freshly whipped cream or a cinnamon stick
- Immersion Blender (Optional)
- Add milk or milk and water to a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the liquid begins to steam. Watch carefully so it doesn’t boil.
- Add cacao, maca, ghee, maple syrup, salt, and optional herbs and spices to the hot milk. Whisk to combine, until the ghee has melted.
- If using your immersion blender, blend for a minute, until smooth and frothy.
- Pour your maca cacao hot chocolate into two mugs. Top with whipped cream or a cinnamon stick if desired, and serve!