Raw cacao has so many great properties for your health and now that winter is knocking on our door there's nothing better than a great hot chocolate. But I'm not talking about the one full of sugar, milk and processed cacao. Cacao in its raw form is the most antioxidant-rich food in the world - its powder contains an ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) score of 95,500, by contrast açaí berries which are a famously antioxidant-rich superfood have a score of 18,500.
Looking back through the ages, cacao has been used for thousands of years in many different eats and drinks - yet it only joined the "naughty" list when companies started adding sugar, preservatives and other things to it. But if you strip it back to its natural, raw roots it's a healthy superfood add that you can actually enjoy on a regular basis.
Here's my healthy hot chocolate recipe:
1 cup of filtered water
2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder (you can buy this from a health food store or a top notch supermarket)
Half a cup of raw cashew nuts or hazelnuts
Stevia powder to taste
You can also add one drop of mint essential oil, cinnamon powder, or vanilla bean to mix up the flavours
Mix and blend all the ingredients in a high speed blender for atleast two minutes or until it gets warm. Pour into your fave mug, turn on Netflix and enjoy!
Or, if you're short on time add two tablespoons of raw cacao powder to your smoothie or green juice to get an extra antioxidant hit.