This superfood hot chocolate is my favourite afternoon pick-me-up or healthy dessert when I’m craving something warm and sweet and the end of the day. It’s packed with good for you ingredients like cocoa, reishi mushroom, cashew butter, coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla, and is sweetened with a Medjool date. Reishi mushroom helps with relaxation and a healthy stress response, and I find that it helps me wind down in the evening. It’s also believed to benefit heart health.
Warm drinks like this one are a crucial part of my self care rituals. There’s something really meditative about sipping a warm drink, made with intention, in the peace of your own home. I enjoy going out to cafes, but I would take a homemade drink like this one any day.
I don’t have grand plans for the weekend- brunch with a good friend today, then working on a paper for the rest of the day and work tomorrow. I’m trying to find ways to incorporate little things that bring me joy into every day, and that seems to be helping to get out of the slump that I seem to have fallen into. In other news, I impulsively registered for the Ottawa Marathon earlier in the week, so I’ll be in training mode for that for the next seven weeks or so. I ran 25 km on Thursday, and it was a real wake-up call that I’m not where I want to be as far as stamina goes. I’m tempted to set a lofty time goal, but then again, I don’t feel that my fitness is where it was in October when I ran 3:25:54 at the Toronto Marathon. I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself, but I’m a competitive person and I REALLY want to run under 3:25 to get a guaranteed entry at Boston 2020. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t at least a bit disappointed with myself for not pushing harder in October- I mean, what’s 54 seconds? Had I known how close I was going to be, I definitely would have gutted out a stronger finish. Run and learn, though!
Well, that’s all for today. I hope you love this healthy hot chocolate!
Superfood Hot Chocolate (VEGAN)
- 1 1/4 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 tbsp Botanica Reishi Hot Cocoa (see note)
- 1 tbsp cashew butter or other nut/seed butter
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1 pitted Medjool date
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch of fine sea salt
- 1/2 tsp virgin coconut oil (makes it ultra frothy)
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a small saucepan and heat over medium, whisking occasionally, until hot. Pour into a mug and enjoy.