Tis' the season for good old hot cocoa, but with a 2020 spin: mind calming, immune boosting and skin-nourishing, for good measure. We met up with our friend Stef over @but_make_it_healthy to get the inside scoop on her signature Supercharged Hot Cocoa recipe that's full of defense boosting, stress reducing adaptogens for a winter wind down.
We're always stoked for adaptogens because they help your cells adapt to their environment and protect against stressors. Like free radicals ... and the holidays.
Adaptogens, like ashwagandha, work on our skin in a similar way to how they work in our bodies, which is why we love them in our suncare (and our cocoa). These herbs and roots have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions and have been shown to help provide cellular protection, calm inflammation and reduce cellular level stress of the mind, body and skin.
A few of our founder's favs from her Lyme disease journey are: Moon Juice's Super You and Cosmic Gold, Golde's Cocao Turmeric, Mushroom Science's Immune Builder and Health-Ade's Plus Immune.
So, cozy up with a mug of this Supercharged Adaptogen Hot Cocoa for a super chill winter season!
- ½ teaspoon ashwagandha powder
- 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
- 1 pitted date
- 1 ¼ tablespoon maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cup nut milk of choice (recommended: cashew or vanilla almond milk)
- 1 scoop collagen powder
- 1 teaspoon maca or turmeric powder
- Coconut whipped cream
- Cacao nibs
Step 1: Combine ashwagandha powder, cocoa powder, pitted date, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla extract and milk of choice in a blender. (Optional: add collagen powder, turmeric or maca powder.)
Step 2: Blend until completely smooth then transfer to sauce pan.
Step 3: Heat on medium, whisking periodically until mixture is smooth and desired temperature is achieved.
Step 4: Remove from heat and pour into mugs. Top with whipped cream, cacao nibs, or other toppings if desired.