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!

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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.

Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c
Here is another one from Recipes to Nourish

hot cocoa

Honey-Sweetened Hot Chocolate
Sweet, chocolaty and so comforting.
Equipment: Medium-Size Saucepan, Small Bowl
  • 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
1.     Add milk to a medium-size saucepan and heat over low heat for about 7 minutes or until desired temperature.
2.    In a small bowl, combine cacao powder, honey and vanilla.  Stir until it makes a paste.
3.    Add cacao mixture to the warm milk, stir until cacao mixture has completely dissolved.
4.    Serve immediately.
Yield: Makes about 3 servings.
Note: Recipe can easily be doubled.
Dairy-Free Option: Substitute full-fat coconut milk for the raw milk.
Minty Hot Chocolate
Add to any hot chocolate, rather a plain chocolate or vanilla hot chocolate, a few drops(2-10) of peppermint essential oil(organic and pure)
Remember peppermint can be rather overpowering so a little goes a long way!!!
Enjoy, I will be back with more herbal chocolates soon!
Anne-Marie
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