My Seriously LIT Daily Cacao Recipe (+ superfood additions you can add)

Image from IG by @maddyloww of an Orchard St cacao.

Image from IG by @maddyloww of an Orchard St cacao.

Several months ago I quit coffee (again) realising that it was giving me more of a rattle than a buzz. I’m prone to anxiety and coffee, although it’s something I love, is not the best when I’m not feeling my best. So I regularly give myself a break from the brown stuff. And when I do, I notice my mood is a lot more stable (yay!), I don’t have those crazy mid-afternoon cravings because my blood sugar is more stable, and my digestion just works.


I love a morning hot beverage, and I decided to switch out my daily cafe bought coconut flat white for a homemade cacao concoction. Virtuous, affordable and delicious! I’ve been sharing my cacao potions on my Instagram and I’m always asked for the recipe (it’s in the recipe highlights), so here it is at long last, plus a laundry list of healthful additions you can throw in to make it a potent potion to get your heart and soul humming.


Base Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plant milk of choice (I use oat milk, or 1/2 coconut cream and 1/2 water)

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1 heaped tablespoon cacao (I add maca powder and coconut sugar to my big jar of raw cacao powder so I’m ready to roll)

  • Organic cinnamon

  • Vanilla stevia to taste

  • Small pinch himalayan pink salt


Delightful additions:

I will add any of the below depending on what I need.

  • Collagen peptides. (I’m currently using Vital Proteins from iHerb. Use my code CWH0896 for 10% off your order)

  • Tocos (I use Sun Potion brand. Tocos are great)

  • Organic ginger powder

  • Wild orange essential oil (the oil of abundance)

  • Ashwagandha

  • Coconut sugar if you like yours on the sweeter side


Method:

In a saucepan, heat the milk, water and cacao mix on a low-medium heat, whisking gently for about 5 minutes. Take off the heat and whisk in your additions. You might like to add a little more cold milk so you can sip it right away.


The Benefits:

Not only are you reducing your caffeine intake, but raw cacao contains a myriad health benefits, including:

  • Chocolate (i.e. cacao) is the only food containing Anandamide—otherwise known as the bliss molecule, as well as neurotransmitter PEA compounds (love molecules). That’s why it’s used in heart-opening cacao ceremonies and features in most break-ups.

  • Collagen peptides help improve hair, skin, nails, joints and ligaments, and tendon health. And it’s a great source of protein.

  • Cinnamon is great for stabilising blood sugar (minimising cravings)

  • Tocos are known as ‘the ultimate skin food’. They are a bioavailable source of vitamin E; they help to promote healthy skin and connective tissue, and may facilitate the removal of toxins from the body. Plus they make your beverage super creamy. (Add tocos in once removed from the heat and at a drinkable temperature.)

  • Plant-based milk is kinder on your digestion than dairy (for most people)


Image from Instagram by @livingwithrosie of a table full of Orchard St cacao deliciousness.

Image from Instagram by @livingwithrosie of a table full of Orchard St cacao deliciousness.

Sidenote:

I’m going to start a directory of the best places in the world to get a proper cup of cacao (no, not hot chocolate). If you find somewhere, please add it in the comments below so I can expand the list.

  • Orchard St Bondi, Sydney AUSTRALIA

  • Zest Ubud, Bali INDONESIA

Til next time lil darlin’ xo