As the weather cools and the days grow darker, our whole being craves something warming and soothing. Here’s a simple hot cocoa recipe that’s sure to satisfy. It’s yummy and nutritious. The cocoa is loaded with anti-oxidants, the stevia balances blood sugar, and if you use cow’s milk or coconut milk, you increase your calcium! (Try coconut dream milk that’s enriched with Vitamins A, D, B12 and Calcium.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 T organic quality cocoa powder
  • 1 or 1 1/2 packets stevia or 2 tsp xylitol sweetener
  • 1 cup organic almond, rice, or coconut dream milk (or you can use water or a combination of milk and water)
  • sprinkling of cinnamon
  • a pinch of cayenne

Here’s how: Place dry ingredients in a jar, add 1/4 of the milk, cover and shake vigorously. Heat in small pot and slowly add the rest of the milk. Makes one cup of cocoa.

Tip: Place dry ingredients in a jar and take with you to work. Slowly add some hot water to the mixture, then shake and pour into mug.  Add hot milk and enjoy!

Another Tip: Stevia and xylitol may be found at New Seasons Market, Whole Foods, and in the Nutrition department at Fred Meyer.