Superfood Hot Cocoa

It's FINALLY feeling like fall here in NYC which means it FINALLY feels appropriate for me to start sharing cool weather recipes! While I'm totally a warm weather gal, I am looking forward to more warm, grounding foods as the temperature drops: soups, roasted root vegetables and winter squashes, broth, everything cinnamon and THIS amazing hot cocoa.

I started making this superfood powered hot cocoa when I was in Maine in August - the nights can be cool up there (even in the summer) and I found myself waking up craving something sweet and warm. I had stopped drinking coffee and matcha, so I decided to play around with a caffeine-free alternative to my beloved bulletproof-style lattes, and thus this drink was born!

Fun fact: Cacao does not contain caffeine. I always thought it did, because of the effect it had on my body. Nope! Cacao (and thus chocolate) does contain theobromine, which is an alkaloid similar to caffeine. Theobromine is a stimulant, which is why many people (myself included!) feel a buzz from eating chocolate and thus avoid it at night. 

I love having this drink in the morning because it gives me a noticeable boost without a crash or "caffeine hangover." (not sure if that's a thing or if I just made that up!). In addition to the cacao, my Superfood Hot Cocoa contains maca which is an energizing herb and ashwaganda which is an herb that helps your body adapt to stress. I also like to add in some collagen powder for added protein and it's gut-healing benefits.

Whether you're looking for a coffee alternative or simply a fun superfood infused beverage to mix up your morning routine, I hope you'll try this recipe. If you do, let me know how it goes! I love it when you guys leave comments or post photos on social media - make sure to tag me @EmilyNachazel so I don't miss it!

Superfood Hot Cocoa -  perfect for Winter!

Superfood Hot Cocoa - perfect for Winter!

Superfood Hot Cocoa

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops collagen (I like Vital Proteins)
  • 2 cups hot water or non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 tablespoons raw cacao or cocoa powder (I like my cocoa REALLY dark... so play with this and find what works for you!)
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter
  • 1/2 tsp maca powder
  • 1/4 tsp ashwaganda powder
  • Raw honey or stevia (if desired)
  • Dash sea salt (optional)

Instructions:

  1.  Add all ingredients to your high speed blender. Make sure your lid is secure and then blend, starting on the lowest setting and increasing to highest speed, for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Taste and add sweetener if desired, and blend again to incorporate. Pour into a mug and enjoy!

Gut Healing Ginger Latte

This "latte" is unlike anything you'd find at Starbucks - it's dairy, coffee AND sugar free, and actually packed with superfoods that help heal your gut. I also happen to think it's completely delicious and energizing in it's own right, no caffeine required!

Before I jump into the recipe, I want to highlight a few of the awesome ingredients in here:

Collagen - Collagen is pure protein and it helps heal the lining of your gut. It's also great for your hair, skin and nails. Plain collagen powder is completely flavorless, so you can add it to just about anything - I love it in my latte drinks and this addictive Almond Butter Fudge, but you can also simply stir into tea, coffee, smoothies or oatmeal. Think of it like a tasteless clean protein powder.

Ginger - Ginger has been used for centuries as both a powerful anti-inflammatory and stomach-calming remedy. Plus, it gives this latte a great flavor without sugar or fake ingredients.

Ashwaganda - Ashwaganda is an adaptogen which means it helps your body respond to stress in a healthy way. From my experience, so many gut issues (indigestion, bloating, constipation, gas, etc) originate not from food, but from stress. In fact, your body cannot properly digest food if it's stressed out and in that "fight or flight" mode. The more you are able to chill out around meal time, the better able you'll be able to drop into your "rest and digest" mode, leading to fewer uncomfortable digestive issues.

Gut Healing Ginger Latte / dairy free, gluten free, paleo, caffeine free

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops collagen peptides (I like Vital Proteins)
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Small knob of peeled fresh ginger (about 1/2 - 1 inch)
  • Generous dash of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp maca powder (omit if drinking this at night)
  • 1/4 tsp ashwaganda powder
  • 2 cups hot water
  • A few drops of stevia or raw honey, if desired

Instructions:

  1. Boil your water.
  2. Add all ingredients to your high speed blender and blend until frothy and delicious.

I've enjoyed this spicy latte both in the morning and at night. If you do choose to drink this at night, I suggest omitting the maca as it has quite an energizing effect on the body.

Bulletproof Pumpkin Spice Latte

Bulletproof Pumpkin Spice Latte // paleo, gluten free, dairy free + vegan option

Originally seen here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup hot brewed coffee or chai tea
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted grassfed butter or ghee (or more coconut oil for vegan/dairy free)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
  • 1 scoop collagen powder (optional)
  • Sweeten with raw honey, stevia or maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender
  2. Pop the top out of the blender cover and cover with kitchen towel
  3. Blend on high for 30 seconds
  4. Pour into a mug and add a sprinkle of cinnamon

Shortcut Matcha Latte

You all know I love my MATCHA! It's been my warm cup of choice in the mornings since I stopped drinking coffee in January.

Traditionally, matcha tea is made by whisking the matcha tea powder (finny ground green tea leaves) with hot water. You would then make this a latte by steaming milk and swirling the two together. While that makes for a pretty picture, I knew that I needed a shortcut, especially since I was pretty set on making my own almond milk to enjoy with the matcha.

First I hacked my homemade almond milk, cutting the process down to just two minutes. This trick definitely sped things up, but I was still making the almond milk a few times per week, and whisking the matcha up daily. I wondered if I could simplify the process even further, and the following recipe was born.

This delicious Shortcut Matcha Latte comes together in just a few minutes - no pre-made almond milk or whisk required! All the magic happens right in your high speed blender. 

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Shortcut Matcha Latte / vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, paleo

Ingredients:

- 2 cups hot water (almost boiling, but not quite)

- 1 tsp matcha powder

- 1 scant tablespoon coconut oil

- 1 scant tablespoon almond butter

- Optional add-ins: 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract, dash cinnamon, ginger, or turmeric (my personal favorite), pinch sea salt, cacao powder

Instructions:

1. Heat your water - you want it almost boiling, but not quite. If it boils, let it cool for a minute or two (you don't want it to be so hot that it burns the matcha, and your mouth!)

2. Add to your blender: matcha, almond butter, coconut oil, and any add-ins. Top with hot water. Place the lid on your blender. I also put a dish towel over the top of the blender - I find that when I blend hot liquid, steam/water sometimes escapes. 

3. Blend it up! If possible, start on a low setting and then increase the speed. Let it run for a good 30 seconds to 1 minute (you want the coconut oil to melt and get super frothy). 

This recipe makes 2 cups - I usually drink the whole thing myself but you can definitely share it with someone special =)

 

Have you every made your own latte? Let me know your experience in the comments below!