When you have diet restrictions or desire to eat healthy, there are some treats that we sometimes miss. With the winter season here, it is nice to sit back and enjoy a hot beverage other than an herbal tea. I have been making a basic cacao hot drink that has the typical bitter flavor expected with raw cacao. To avoid adding sugar, I wanted to create a drink that had a slightly better flavor to make it more palatable. So, I decided to first add vanilla, which made it much nicer. My next idea, which I feel has created a hot beverage with health benefits that allow one to enjoy while relaxing at the end of the day, by using 100 % peppermint essential oil. NOTE: please make sure you use 100% essential oil that is suitable for consumption.
I hope that you enjoy this hot beverage as much as I do.
Milk & Sugar Free Peppermint Hot Cacao
By Laura D. Field
- 1 mug of coconut milk (or almond)
- 2 – 3 moderately heaping spoonfuls of cacao powder
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 – 3 drops 100% peppermint essential oil
- NOTE: With peppermint oil, be very careful NOT to use too much. As with all essential oils and other herbal supplements, too much can be unhealthy. And, in some cases, can conflict with medications you might be taking.
- Measure out your coconut milk in your mug
- Pour milk into small saucepan and begin to heat through
- Add your cacao powder and mix with small wire whisk
- Once cacao powder is mixed through, add 1 tsp. vanilla and continue mixing with wire whisk
- Once the cacao drink is heated through, add 2 – 3 tsp. of 100 % peppermint essential oil
- Pour back into the mug you measured your milk in.
- Sit back and enjoy!!
Do not be surprised when the wonderful aroma of peppermint touches your senses, which is beneficial for your respiratory system. This is also a very calming drink. Another benefit of peppermint is that it helps with the reduction of stress, anxiety and restlessness.
Enjoy and be sure to share your feedback!!
Laura – Gluten and Milk Free Lifestyle
Laura D. Field
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