Vegan Life | Recipes
When I quit coffee, I felt so much better after only a few days (if you want more information on that, click here). But I was feeling a little lost without a comforting warm drink to start my day off with. So I started drinking this hot cacao with maca root. (Cacao is just the raw form of cocoa. Personally, it tastes equally chocolatey to me, but feel free to use cocoa if you prefer!)
This version of hot cacao has maca root, which is a type of natural stress-reliever known as an adaptogen. I like to drink it in a hot beverage like hot cacao because I personally find the maca root more effective when it's heated slightly.
Of course, if you're just looking for a plain hot chocolate recipe, this recipe tastes just as delicious without the maca root!
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time8 minutes
2 tbsp. cacao (or cocoa)
1/2 tbsp. maca root (optional)
1 1/2 tbsp. vegan sugar
pinch of salt
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup non-dairy milk
vegan marshmallows, cinnamon stick, and/or chocolate shavings for garnish (optional)
Heat non-dairy milk in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until hot and steaming. Don't over-heat the milk!
Sift cacao and maca root into a mug using a small sieve. Add sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
When the milk is hot, pour about 1/4 of it into the mug. Stir with a spoon, then use a small hand mixer or milk frother to eliminate clumps.
If you'd like foamy hot cacao, pour the remaining milk into a milk frothing pitcher. Use your frother to build up some foam in the remaining milk.
Without pouring the foam, pour the remaining milk into the mug and stir. Then top your drink with the foamed milk.
Add marshmallows, chocolate shavings, or a cinnamon stick, if desired.
For a more classic, sweeter version, use 2 tbsp. of sugar.
Some non-dairy milks foam better than others. I like the 365 brand organic unsweetened almond milk. I generally get better foam from the shelf-stable milks, but the refrigerated kind produces adequate foam as well.
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