SUPERFOOD CHAI HOT CHOCOLATE

This recipe takes no time. Maybe 5 minutes in the kitchen, the rest is simmering the chai - seriously, so fast and easy. Add ingredients, simmer, strain, blend, and enjoy! 

I make hot chocolate at least a few times a week. It's nourishing to the body, especially on a cold morning or afternoon. This recipe calls for raw cacao which has many medicinal properties, including balancing hormones, giving you a nice energy boost, and is a fantastic source for magnesium. I always add in some boost - sometimes it's all the superfoods listed below, and other times I only add in a few, say some medicinal mushrooms, or just maca and lucuma. It really just depends. But, these plants are powerful! 

Where to buy them? I linked each one to a market where you can purchase them - also if you have a local health food store, you might find them there. At my local coop, they have these in the bulk section (besides the lucuma).

Here's some benefits of the superfood ingredients:

  • chaga mushroom - anti-viral, immune supporting, potent antioxidant properties, supports cardiovascular health, among many other benefits.
  • reishi mushroom - anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous, cancer-fighting, balances out hormones, among many other functions.
  • cordyceps mushroom - immune supporting, anti-aging, anti-cancerous, improve detoxification and liver function, and is an adaptogen.
  • lucuma - anti-inflammatory, high in carotene, iron, B3, and is thought to be excellent for skin health. 
  • maca - help balance hormones, increase energy levels, balance fertility and sex health, and is an adaptogen.
  • burdock root - purifies the blood, strengthens the lymphatic system, excellent for skin health, and anti-cancerous. 

Want to learn more? At the bottom of this post you'll see links that you can read up on each of the superfoods list. Have fun! It's just mind blowing what plants have to offer us... 

Ingredients

Serves: 2   |    Time simmering: 15 minutes    |     Total time: 20 minutes

Chai base:

1 1/2 cup plant milk (almond, coconut), or water
2 cup water
1" fresh ginger, sliced
4 cardamom pods
2 whole cloves
4 whole juniper allspice
1 cinnamon stick

Dry base:

3 heaping tbsp of raw cacao powder
1 heaping tbsp of carob (or more cacao)
3-4 tbsp sweetener of choice, coconut sugar, maple syrup, honey (more to taste)
pinch of high quality sea salt

Superfood additions (any are optional):

1 tbsp coconut oil or ghee
2-3 tsp medicinal mushroom powder (chaga, cordyceps, reishi)
2 tsp lucuma
2 tsp maca powder
1 tsp burdock root powder
1 tsp rhodiola powder


 

Preparation

  1. Chai Base: With the flat end of a knife, smash the cardamom pods to create an opening in the shell, make sure to keep the seeds if they fall out; slice the ginger; place all chai ingredients in a sauce pan. Bring to a simmer, then lower heat, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Some liquid will evaporate, if a lot has, then add more water and allow to simmer for a little longer. 
  2. Gather dry ingredients: Take the dry ingredients out of your pantry and place next to your blender. Have a few spoons (can be measuring spoons) handy. 
  3. Blend: Pour the liquid through a strainer into the blender. Turn your blender settings to as low as they go, and turn on. Add your dry ingredients plus sweetener and your superfood additions. Once all the ingredients are in, turn up your blender for 30 seconds. Taste it by pouring a small amount into a cup - make any adjustments you'd like! 
  4. Pour + enjoy

sources:

  • Cardamom: http://foodfacts.mercola.com/cardamom.html
  • Chaga: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/chaga-mushroom-the-immune-boosting-superfood/
  • Reishi: https://draxe.com/reishi-mushroom/
  • Cordyceps: https://draxe.com/cordyceps/
  • Lucuma: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/what-is-lucuma/
    • http://davinahearne.com/lucuma-a-superfood-also-known-as-gold-of-the-incas/
  • Maca: https://draxe.com/top-5-maca-root-benefits-and-nutrition/
  • Burdock: https://draxe.com/burdock-root/