PERSIAN SPICED HOT CACAO (CHOCOLATE)

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This hot cacao will warm you up any day; it's spicy, rich, and satisfying. It's full of spices - and spices are super foods - meaning they're full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to keep our immunity strong and bodies energized. 

What more is there to say? Fool proof deliciousness awaits you. 

A few notes on the recipe below: 

Milk - Though almond milk is used in this recipe, I've also used raw milk and imagine that any "milk" will do the job. 

Cacoa vs. bakers chocolate - I like this hot chocolate because it has the texture of Mexican chocolate and you can taste the granules of cacoa. But, if you don't like this texture, use bakers chocolate and the end result will be a smooth beverage. 



Raw Cacao

I don't think any of us need much convincing to eat more chocolate. I think there's a reason why we're so drawn to this magical stuff. It's loaded with antioxidants, is rich in iron, sulfur, copper, potassium, magnesium, beta-carotene, and dietary fiber. It's a natural mood booster and enhances both physical and mental well-being. Try to always eat cacao (chocolate) that hasn't been overly processed and with little (or no) added sugar. 

Saffron

Used traditionally in middle and east residing countries (Iran to India, and hence the "persian" influence of this dish), saffron has many benefits and medicinal uses. Some uses include: supporting feminine health (for PMS, cramps, irregularities), reducing inflammation in the body, supporting the lungs, and it has anti-depression qualities. It's a good source of vitamin b6, iron and potassium, vitamin c,  riboflavin, thiamin, copper, selenium, magnesium and manganese. 

Cayenne

Supports good digestion, stimulates the circulatory system, and supports weight loss. It's a good source of riboflavin, niacin, iron, magnesium and potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin a, c, e, k, b6, and Manganese.

Turmeric

There's been a lot of studies on turmeric and its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and ant-cancerous components. Look over a long list provided here. It's full of vitamin b6 and c, magnesium, dietary fiber, iron, potassium, and manganese. Fun fact: add a dash of black pepper to increase the absorption of turmeric by 1000%!

Ginger

Another long time medicinal root, ginger aids in digestion, relieves nausea, is anti-inflammatory, and boost immunity. It contains high amounts of potassium, copper and manganese.

Nutmeg

Uses include: relieves nausea, supports liver and kidney, and blood flow. It's a great source for manganese, copper, dietary fiber, and has a small amount of calcium, iron, B-vitamins, vitamins a and c, folate, riboflavin, niacin, and the flavonoid antioxidants. 

cinnamon

Great source of dietary fiber, calcium and manganese, vitamin k, iron

Honey

Try to get as local as possible when it comes to your honey. Local honey is a great aid in calming down any pollen allergies, is anti-bacterial, among other benefits. Contains niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.


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prep time: 5 minutes         cook time: 15 minutes        serves2

Needed:

  • double broiler (a stainless steel bowl in a small saucer will do just fine)

  • Mortar and pestle for grinding the saffron

Ingredients:

1 cup water

2 cups milk of choice (almond, raw, oat, etc.)

1/2-1 tbsp honey (or sweetener of choice) 

1/2 cup raw cacao powder or 4 oz of baker's chocolate

1 tbsp coconut oil, optional

Spices:

3 strands of saffron

pinch of cayenne

1/4 inch turmeric (grated and juiced) or 1/2 tsp dry

1/2 inch ginger (grated and juiced) or 1 tsp dry

pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

dash of black pepper

pinch of sea salt

 

Instructions:

Use your mortar and pestle to grind the saffron, add a bit of water (it'll turn bright yellow); grind until all threads have dissolved into the water.

In a sauce pan combine the water and milk, bring to a boil. Once boiling, pour into a high speed blender. Add all the spices, raw cacao, honey, and coconut oil if using. Turn the blender on, work your way up to high speed. Blend for ~30 or so seconds. Taste and make any adjustments. 

If you don't have a blender, you can whisk the ingredients together in the sauce pan once the liquid has come to a boil.

Serve warm or chilled. 


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sources:

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/spices-and-herbs/195/2

http://vegetarian.about.com/od/beverage1/a/raw-chocolate-nutrition.htm

http://recipeclout.india-server.com/saffron.html

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=72

http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/10-health-benefits-of-honey