It has been unusually chilly and overcast this past week. Starbucks has rolled out their fall ad campaign, and even though I know that I don't really want a mocha or hot chocolate...I still think that I do. It is wrapped up with my idea of warm and comforting and snuggly. Darn advertisers.
So I found an alternative. :) The original recipe came from Meghan Telpner's blog, Making Love in the Kitchen. I've made quite a few changes, because frankly, I am nowhere close to her level of health food finesse and enjoyment. Here's what I came up with, and trust me, you'll want to try it. Chocolaty goodness, comforting as a warm blanket and a good book!
Good-for-you hot chocolate
3 T. cocoa powder (if you have it, use raw cacao powder instead)
1-2 T. chia seed "glop" (what you get when you mix chia seeds with water, 9:1, and let sit overnight)
1 T. coconut oil
1-2 T. evaporated cane juice
1/4 t. maca root powder
1/4 t. vanilla
nutmeg or cinnamon if desired
handful baby spinach
1 and 1/2 c. milk or almond milk
Put it all in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy. If you're using a vitamix, 5 minutes on high will give you hot chocolate! If using a typical blender, you'll just need to heat it later. The original recipe recommends pouring it through a strainer before drinking, but I think that with my recipe it is just fine without straining. Enjoy!