Recipe: My Morning Hot Cacao

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I loooooove my morning Hot Cacao drink. I've never been one to drink coffee (can't handle the caffeine) but I do like the feeling of a hot morning drink that gets me focused & energized.

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First I'll begin by saying that COCOA & CACAO are not the same. Both are chocolate, yes, but cocoa is the result of pure cacao being highly heated, processed, & with sugar added. This creates the chocolatey sugary powder most people are used to when making say, a hot chocolate.

Cacao on the other hand, is the raw, pure form of the cacao bean that has been ground down into a powder, but not heated. And no sugar has been added. This allows for all of the wonderful superfood health benefits to be intact & useful to our bodies. It contains about the same amount of caffeine as a decaf cup of coffee (however cacao from different brands & different countries, can vary).

Similar to other natural health products (like Essential Oils), not all are created with equal quality, purity, or integrity. The brand of Cacao I love is One World Cacao. This cacao is sourced sustainably & ethically direct from farmers in Guatemala & owned by a friend of mine in Newport, RI who has been in the cacao industry for a decade. 

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Why Cacao? What are the health benefits? Here's a few:

Increases focus & energy
Improves memory
Creativity inducer
Curbs appetite
Increases Metabolism
Highest natural plant source of: Magnesium, Iron, Sulfur, Antioxidants (40x that of blueberries)
Eats plaque & phlegm from organs
Beneficial for the digestive & cardiovascular systems as well as brain & cognitive function
Activates & opens the crown & heart chakras

Basically, it's amazing. And I've heard great for those trying to get off coffee. Can't say from experience, but worth a try.

So let's get to the recipe, shall we?

What you need: 
1-1.5C Hot Water
2-4T One World Raw Cacao
1T Unrefined Coconut Oil
1T Honey (raw, local, or good quality)
Small Handful Raw, Unsalted Cashews (optional - for smooth, frothy latte type texture)
1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Powder (optional - for protein, gut health, hair, skin, nails, joints, etc)
Few shakes Cinnamon powder

Optional add-ons:
Superfood powders & herbs like Maca, Tocos, Reishi, Ashwaganda, whatever you like or have in the pantry. I like the brand Moon Juice.

doTERRA Essential Oils like Peppermint, Cinnamon, Cardamom, etc. Usually 1 drop (or less) per serving is plenty!

What to do:
If you're adding cashews (helps create the creamy, latte texture) you can pre-soak the cashews or let them soak in the hot water in the blender for a few minutes while you grab everything else. If you don't though, that's okay too. 

Add water, cashews, cacao & all other ingredients into a high-powered blender. I use a Vitamix, but any should work. Blend & pour into your favorite jar or mug & enjoy!

makes 1 drink
5 minutes