Nutrient Dense Hot Cocoa

 

The Northeast is a winter wonderland, many areas are blanketed in snow.

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

What could be a better treat for our children than a mug of hot cocoa to chase the chill away after playing in the snow?  I developed this healthy recipe for hot cocoa that will surely put a smile on the face of children, and adults. This version of cocoa is based on the adult “Bullet Proof Coffee” which has received a great deal of media attention lately.  Think of this as Bullet Proof Cocoa, a treat that provides our children with a boost of healthy fats.

I could write a very lengthy blog on how Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency has reached epidemic proportions in our society.  I could explain the health benefits of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) in our diet, as well as discuss the signs and symptoms of EFA deficiency, but I’ll keep it to a minimum, just consider the information below food for thought, and enjoy the recipe that follows.

Butter from Grass Fed Cows:  A rich source of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.  Butter contains trace minerals including Selenium, which is a potent antioxidant.  Grass fed butter is a great source of butyric acid which is used by the colon as a source of energy, and butter contains high amounts of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).

Organic Coconut Oil:  Coconut Oil is a Medium Chain Fatty Acid (MCFA).  Coconut oil contains both short and medium chain fatty acids that do not need to be broken down like the long chain fatty acids we ingest.   Coconut oil is sent directly to the liver for energy production.  Coconut oil is also rich in Lauric Acid, which is converted to monolaurin in the body.  Monolaurin has been shown to boost/increase immunity and aid in fighting viruses due to its antimicrobal and antibacterial properties.

Raw Cacao:  Cacao beans contain polyphenols called flavonoids, a type of antioxidant . Raw Cacao is also a great source of Magnesium, and essential minerals to include calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese.  Cacao also contains B vitamins; Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid and Folic Acid.

Hot Cocoa

Nutrient Dense Hot Cocoa

Ingredients:

2 Cups Milk of Choice (we used Coconut Milk)
2 Tablespoons Pastured Unsalted Butter from grass fed cows (Kerrygold or similar), or Ghee
2 Tablespoons Organic Coconut Oil
3 Tablespoons Organic Raw Cacao or Unsweetened Cocoa
2 Tablespoons Raw Honey (you can use Maple Syrup, Coconut Nectar, or your favorite Stevia)
2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract

Optional:  Dash of Ground Cinnamon and Ground Ginger (great spices for blood sugar regulation and potent anti-inflammatories)

Directions:

In a heavy bottomed sauce pan over low heat melt the butter, coconut oil, and honey/sweetener.

Add the cacao/cocoa and whisk to combine until a paste is formed.

Slowly begin to add the milk to the paste whisking to prevent lumps, then whisk in the vanilla and optional spices.

Warm to an appropriate temperature for your child and serve.

Serve plain or top with homemade marshmallows, or a dollop of whipped cream.

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