Dear Joyous Reader,
It's February, which means there's snow, ice and cold here in Toronto -- brrrrr. I decided to whip up a warm drink for my sweet man and I this chilly willy morning. It worked! I'm feeling warm now.
This isn't your ordinary hot chocolate. Why's that you might ask? It's dairy-free and refined-sugar free something you won't find at your local cafe. It's also decadent and creamy, very chocolatey and rich with nutrients to boot! Do you really need another reason to make it? Well in case you do, I've got more to share.
Raw cacao and cocoa is NOT the same thing!
The mint flavour adds a wonderful fresh quality to the hot chocolate. If you don't like mint, simply omit this ingredient. I taste-tested it before I added the mint tea and it was just as delicious.
*This is an item you will find at a health food store. If you live in a small-ish town, you can also buy it online.
**Preferably loose leaf for a fuller flavour.
Almond milk can be purchased at most all major grocery stores. However if you want to make your own and avoid unnecessary additives, or instead use coconut milk I have recipes for both Vanilla Almond Milk (page 170) and Rich & Fulfilling Coconut Milk (page 168) in my book.
Wondering what's on top of the hot chocolate? Giddy Yoyo Mint Chocolate -- my fave chocolate on planet earth. It's raw, wild, heirloom, organic chocolate. Can't get much better than that!
Special note: **Because of the stimulating nature of the caffeine and theobromine in raw cacao, be cautious when introducing this superfood to your diet if its new to you. Meaning, you might not want to make this right before bed if you've never had it before.
Stay warm and joyous!