As soon as the temperature drops and rainy days seem never ending, warm, comforting drinks make their delicious way into my kitchen. There is nothing like coming home from a long walk in the rain or from a harsh day at the office and having a cup of hot, creamy hot chocolate to warm and cheer you up.
While I love a cup of classic hot chocolate, my struggle with hormone imbalance got me searching for vegan versions. Conventional milk and dairy products are loaded with hormones, antibiotics, steroids and pesticides, and are definitely something you should ditch if you’re dealing with hormone issues. I always go for a tasty vegan milk for my hot chocolate recipes, and almond is definitely my favorite.
There are four ingredients I love to add to my hot chocolate to get a lush, creamy texture, a delicious taste and turn it into real medicine.
Raw cacao powder
Cacao powder is loaded with essential and trace minerals, especially magnesium, which can help balance mood swings.
The Peruvian ginseng, this radish related plant was long used for promoting the sexual function and chronic fatigue syndrome. With its high mineral and vitamin content, especially iron, magnesium and B complex, maca can help balance hormones.
The Gold of the Incas, has a delicious citrus flavor and contains fiber and vitamins, especially B1, B2 and B3. Lucuma is a great natural energizer, gives vitality and helps with depression.
A great source of soluble fiber, chia seeds turn into a gelatinous mass and absorb toxins and excess estrogen, flushing them out and preventing their leak back into the blood stream.
These four ingredients make a delicious elixir for hormone balance and mood boost, making this hot chocolate the perfect treat for the days when sun seems to never show its face.
Hormone Balancing Vegan Hot Chocolate Recipe
Deliciously flavored and loaded with mood boosting ingredients, this hot chocolate is the perfect treat for a rainy day.
- 2,5 cups almond milk
- 4 tsp organic raw cacao powder
- 3 tsp lucuma powder
- 2 tsp maca powder
- 4 tsp chia seeds
- 5-6 dry pitted dates
- A few drops organic pure vanilla extract
- A pinch of sea salt
- In a medium bowl add the chia seeds and pitted dates, pour over a half of cup almond milk and let soak for 30 minutes.
- Transfer into the blender, alongside with the rest of the ingredients, and process to obtain a smooth liquid.
- Add it into a medium sauce pan and heat until comfortably to drink. Do not bring to boil, because the lucuma and maca nutrients can be destroyed.