Do you love chocolate?Let’s have some herbal chocolate fun here. I think chocolate should be added to the food pyramid as its own food catagory, not just linked up with sweets, cookies, junky stuff…just chocolate. Yum!
Well how about mixing in some herbs with the chocolate for some added benefits and be a little sneaky. 🙂 As many of you know, I try and hide all kinds of good things in my family’s food. Nothing gross, like liver -yuck! Just some good, healthy greens, fruits, added to baked goods or casseroles but what about regular medicinal herbs added to hot cocoa? Great idea! So I found a couple recipes to try and wanted to share them with you.
I cannot remember where I got this first recipe. Drink this chocolately goodness at night for a relaxing sleep!
Herbal Hot Chocolate
3 Tablespoons fresh lavender flowers(or half the amount dried)
3 Tablespoons fresh valerian root(half the amount dried)
3 Tablespoons fresh lemon balm(half the amount dried)
6 leaves and 3 flower heads of passion flower(half the amount dried or maybe 20 drops of a passion flower tincture?)
1 peel from a large orange(be careful not to use the white bitter part)
about 3 1/2 cups milk, regular or almond if desired
50g dark chocolate( I am assuming it is powdered dark chocolate so this equals about 1.75oz, roughly 3-4 tablespoons) you can weigh it to be exact but I find measuring chocolate is not necessary, do it to taste.
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract(homemade is best)
In a sauce pan, heat all of the above except the chocolate and the vanilla over low heat 5-10 minutes. Don’t let it boil.
Strain and add the infused milk back to the pot. Turn off heat. Add chocolate and vanilla and whisk until incorporated.
Makes about 3 cups.Add sweetener of choice, honey tastes great in hot chocolate!
You can find the ingredients here, if you don’t have a source.
- 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 2 tablespoons raw honey (I use local raw clover creamed)
- 2 teaspoons gluten-free organic vanilla extract
- 3 cups raw whole milk