Warm Cacao (Hot Chocolate-The Healthy Way)

Who doesn’t love hot chocolate? Especially around the holidays and when it’s bitter and freezing outside a hot cup of cocoa in front of the tree is to die for! I’m a sucker for hot drinks on super cold days and if I can get my hands on some really good chocolate I’m going for it! So for all of you that are not aware, I am a Certified Raw Chef. This title tends to confuse people, so I like to say I’m a farm to table chef so they understand a little better. I take raw ingredients (meaning whole foods or foods with only 1 ingredient in them) and teach my clients, family and friends how to make delicious, healthy, and guilt-free recipes.

So here’s my spin on traditional hot chocolate without all the preservatives and guilt! You can make your own homemade warm cacao or if you want it to be hot you can always heat it up on the stove to make it a little warmer. Add you own spices or take things out if you’re not too crazy about some. Hope you enjoy it! Here’s to the upcoming holidays and loving a warm cup of chocolate on a cold winter’s day!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1-2 Tbs of Cacao Powder
  • 1 Tbs of organic Agave nectar
  • a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp of organic peppermint extract
  • (or if you’re feeling extra culinary-muddle some fresh mint with your almond milk)

Combine all the ingredients into an immersion blender such as a Vitamix. Let the Vitamix run for up to 4 minutes and it will warm your ingredients for the perfect cup of cacao. Warm it on the stove, if you want to keep it in raw form, use a thermometer to keep it under 116 degree Fahrenheit. Or if you don’t care to keep it raw. Heat it on the stove till the desired temperature.

Hope you love it!!

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About Farm, Foodie and Fitness

Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

3 thoughts on “Warm Cacao (Hot Chocolate-The Healthy Way)

  1. Pingback: The 12 Days of Yule – Day 7 – Raw Vegan Chocolates « Poli's Kitchen

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