I’ve been able to reintroduce raw cacao into my diet! I know – exciting!! After 5 months with no chocolate it’s been really nice to get that flavour back – plus the antioxidant hit that raw cacao gives. If you’re following the autoiummune protocol (AIP) and haven’t added raw cacao back in yet you can easily sub carob which has it’s own health benefits, including being a rich source of phosphorous and calcium.
I’ve also discovered a fabulous new thing – mesquite powder! If you are following AIP make sure you find one that is just the ground pods as that is classified as AIP friendly, if you find one that is ground pods and seeds that is not AIP friendly, so do check with your supplier. What I like about mesquite powder is that it adds a slightly sweet, caramel flavour and when mixed with raw cacao it just takes the edge off the bitterness of the cacao. It is also high in protein and calcium, rich in zinc and potassium with good amounts of magnesium – winning!
Sometimes I get a craving for chocolate milkshake or hot chocolate – and this recipe can fit either of those categories. And as you know, I’m not huge on complex recipes, so this is truly easy peasy!
Makes 4 servings
Here’s what you need:
I can coconut milk (make sure it’s just coconut milk, no added gums or anything else)
2 tablespoons raw cacao (or carob)
1 tablespoon mesquite powder
1 teaspoon honey, or your sweetener of choice (if you use raw honey, like I did, wait until the mixture has cooled down to a drinkable temperature before adding the honey, to maintain the beneficial properties)
Pour the coconut milk into a saucepan and gently heat
Add the raw cacao and mesquite powders and sweetener (but not if you’re using raw honey)
Blend with a stick blender til everything is mixed together and the milk gets frothy
If using raw honey, add once the liquid is at a drinking temperature
If drinking “hot” just pour into a mug or glass and drink!
If drinking cold, put the mixture into the fridge til the milk has cooled. Add ice cubes if you have some available
And that’s it – pretty simple huh! All measurements are approximate and you can adjust according to your own tastes. It is quite a decadent, rich mixture so if you want to add water to thin it down, then do so. This mixture also makes a delicious chocolate sauce too, and I have been known to pour it over chopped bananas and desiccated coconut for breakfast! 🙂