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Chocolate Chaga Milk Herbal Hot Cocoa, No Added Sugar, Vegan Friendly



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Shalom and welcome to my kitchen!


Today we're going to be making my chocolate chaga milk and this is my better than hot cocoa, without the added sugar and with non-dairy milk. Even though we're making those substitutions, it is still as good or better and better for you! Let's go through the ingredients and then I'm going to show you how to make the recipe.





 

The first ingredient we're going to start off with is our Chaga. This Chaga that I have is wild crafted, it is usually found in really cold climates, up north in the U.S, Canada or Alaska; really cold places and in the mountains. This product actually has melanin which protects it from the harsh environments and harsh climates. Chaga ranks second as the most antioxidant food after cacao which we'll talk about next. Chaga is one of our largest sources of melanin and as such it is used for melanin supplements. It is a medicinal mushroom; it actually has the most antioxidants any of the medicinal mushrooms so it definitely is one that you should pick up. You can purchase it in big chunks or you can get it kind of broken down like I have which makes it easier to use for this recipe. You'll definitely need to boil it longer if you're going to use bigger chunks than this.



Then we have cacao which of course an antioxidant powerhouse. Mine is unsweetened and you want to get organic if possible and fair trade just to make sure that the Harvesters are getting their fair share. This is what gives us the delicious chocolate flavor that we love and adore.





Our next ingredient is roses, and I added roses here just for the added benefit of the delicious taste. It makes the decotion more interesting, you have a little bit of floral essence in there with all of the different flavors. Just a little bit of our roses; it really brings out a different flavor that you wouldn't expect in your cocoa.





We're not using the sweeteners and so for most people you will have some vanilla extract and you can use that. I've already gone ahead and put it into my container but I'm also going to add just a tad bit more of vanilla powder. This is more of a specialty item; you don't have to have it isn't actually in the recipe but I'm just adding a little bit more just for a really wonderful flavor.



For our natural hint of sweetness, we're going to use Stevia and as you can see this Stevia is green it is not white- you don't want the stevia that's white, and we just need a little bit of it. Steva is 45 times sweeter than sugar so we're just going need a little pinch, too much can be overpowering but just the right amount along with some ingredients that do have a little bit of bitterness, can make it a little bit more palatable.






Next, we have some organic cloves and with cloves you really need a little bit you can even go down to counting maybe about only three or four for this recipe. Cloves just have so many wonderful benefits as well as antioxidant. It helps with the stomach so we're really soothing on the stomach, soothing the throat and just really soothing the body with these Rich Blend of antioxidants.






We have some whole cinnamon sticks and I just like to stick a whole one in there and it adds again, added flavor, helps to boost digestion, and boost the metabolism.


Then our last ingredient is our non-dairy milk now, let's say you wanted to use regular milk, then of course you could. If you use a non-dairy, make sure it's unsweetened and look at the ingredients, make sure it doesn't have too much. you can also use your homemade hemp milks, rice milks, and nut milks, all of those will work just fine as well. I'm using an organic unsweetened almond milk with vanilla.




I actually have a little tip about garnish, if you want to garnish this and make it look really nice, you can whip up a can of some coconut milk and bring that till it gets nice and creamy, and put that on top. I also like to throw a little bit of chocolate chips in there you can use vegan chocolate chips if you prefer, and it of course adds a little bit of sweetness and it will have some added sugar depending on what you have but get some nice dark chocolate vegan option. If you can get it unsweetened, add a little honey as well which will make it a little taste. With the honey it's going to have really good nutrients added. The other optional ingredient is a little bit of water, you could just use all non-dairy milk, but I wanted to stretch it to make it go further.



Now it's time to add all of my ingredients, so let's go ahead to the stove. You don't have to add them in any particular order; we just add into the ingredients into a cold pan and we're just going to gently bring it up to temperature. Once it starts boiling, I'm going to turn it down to low and let this simmer for probably about 25 to 30 minutes.




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I actually like to strain it and put everything back into the pot and add some more milk again non-dairy milk whatever and a little bit more of the water and do a second steep as well to get more of the nutrients. Chaga really likes to be steeped longer, another option is actually doing it in the slow cooker. I want to invite you to put whatever ingredients you want in it, so let's say you don't have any cloves we'll go ahead and put cardamom if you have it or go ahead and put some nutmeg if you have it. If you want to just spice it up, add whatever you want, add a pinch of cayenne, that'll make it more potent. Do whatever you desire and make it your own, I never want you to feel like if you don't have an ingredient, you can't make it. Substitute it or just take it out if you don't like it!


 



Chocolate Chaga Milk


Enjoy the traditional hot cocoa taste without the added sugar and preservatives.

Cacao and Chaga are antioxidant rich sources that can help boost energy and focus. Cinnamon and clove gently boost digestion while providing antiviral properties.



Ingredients:


1 Cup Non-Dairy Milk

1/2 Cup Water

1 Tbsp Cacao or Carob Powder

1 Tsp Chaga Powder

1 Tsp Dried Rose Petals

1 Cinnamon Stick

1/4 Tsp Vanilla Extract

1/8 Tsp Whole Cloves

1/8 Tsp Dried Stevia



Directions:


1. Add all the ingredients to a small stockpot.

2. Mix thoroughly with a spoon, apply the lid.

3. Bring to a boil and remove from the heat. Allow to steep 5-10 minutes.

4. Strain and serve.

5. Serve with freshly grated chocolate and whipped coconut cream if desired.

6. Optional: Add honey to sweeten to taste.




All of the information provided is for educational purposes only. Please consult a physician for any medical condition. Always do your own research.



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