Spicy Chai Hot Chocolate
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Recipe Type:: Blissful Chocolate Beverage!
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Serves:: 4 servings
 
This rich, creamy, hot chocolate “tonic” pays homage to the Aztecs who first consumed cacao as a beverage. I love the idea of this warm delicious drink as a “therapeutic” beverage. Certainly it warms the heart as well as the body, especially if you sip it with someone you adore.
Ingredients:
  • 15 oz can (425 ml) coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) cocoa powder
  • 1⁄4 cup (60 ml) pure maple syrup, pure honey or dry sweetener
  • pinch salt
  • Optional ingredients:
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) pure vanilla extract or
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 4 slices fresh ginger root
  • pinch chili powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp (2 ml) ground cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1⁄2 tsp (2 ml) ground cardamom or coriander powder
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) instant coffee (or chai tea bag)
  • NOTE:
  • To reduce fat content, other nut milks or soymilk can replace all or some coconut milk, but coconut is the smoothest, richest and most delicious.
  • OPTIONAL TREAT for SPECIAL OCCASIONS:
  • Top with SILKY WHIPPED CREAMY TOPPING and sprinkle with cinnamon or cocoa powder!
Directions:
  1. Whisk together the coconut milk, cocoa, salt and sweetener and any optional ingredients, in a small pan over medium heat until steaming.
  2. Pour into your favourite mug and sip slowly and mindfully, enjoying every mouthful of pure pleasure.
  3. (Remove ginger root, teabag and cinnamon stick before serving.)
Recipe by Victoria Laine | Whole-Food Nutrition at https://victoria-laine.com/calming-chocolate-tonic/