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A warm, healthy, tasty, comforting and nourishing take on hot chocolate! This hot cacao recipe is vegan, gluten-free and full of heart-healthy cacao, delicious cardamom, and protein-rich tahini. The perfect winter beverage!
I’m just a wee bit obsessed with cacao powder (not to be confused with cocoa powder). . .
Cacao powder is about the healthiest form of chocolate that you can consume. It is the product of ground raw cacao beans — completely unprocessed unlike the cocoa powder that most of us are familiar with. And, boy does it make for one healthy hot chocolate!
Cacao Powder Health Benefits
extremely high in anti-oxidants that combat disease, aging, pollutants, stress, and dangerous free radicals
a serotonin booster lending it to be a great reliever of mood swings and depression
high in iron
high in magnesium
high in calcium
contains anandamide (the “bliss molecule”) lending to feelings of euphoria and relaxation
contains phenylethylamine, a natural energy and mood booster
contains protein (protein!)
has been shown to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol
contains sulfur (great for healthy skin, hair, and nails!)
has been shown to support good metabolism and healthy weight loss
Through many experimental cups, I discovered the amazingly delicious and complementary power of protein-rich tahini and flavorful cardamom paired with amazingly healthy cacao powder. This combo will blow you away, as you sink into delicious and relaxing guilt-free bliss. Enjoy! xo.
This Hot Cacao is
Creamy, soothing and comforting.
Rich and chocolate-y.
Perfectly laced with cardamom.
Slightly earthy and nutty with the addition of tahini.
Easy to make.
Healing, and packed with nutrients.
Vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free.
Ingredients Needed to Make Tahini Hot Chocolate
Tips for Making the Best Hot Cacao
Any dairy or non-dairy milk works well with this recipe. Our favorites? Vanilla almond, oat and coconut milk.
While it will not have all of the amazing health benefits, in a pinch, regular cocoa powder can be used in place of cacao powder.
Any liquid sweetener of choice can be used in this recipe.
To make a sugar-free hot cacao, I recommend this sweetener.
The vanilla extract can be omitted for a still-tasty hot cacao recipe!
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- 2 cups milk of choice (I like unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
- 5 tbs organic cacao powder
- 3 tbs maple syrup
- 2 tbs tahini
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 green cardamon pod, contents freshly ground (or 1/4 tsp ground cardamom)
- optionally, ground cardamom or cinnamon for garnishing
- In a sauce pan over medium heat combine all of the above ingredients.
- Whisk continually until all is smoothly combined, beginning to bubble and appears frothy.
- Carefully pour into mug(s), and optionally sprinkle with a little cardamom or cinnamon.
Please refer to the Tips section above in the post for valuable information.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 375Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 137mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 5gSugar: 18gProtein: 15g