Tis’ the season for peppermint hot chocolate and I’m excited to share this immune supporting version with Nature’s Way Immune Powder* just in time for December!
When I was a kid, every festive holiday tradition included a warm mug of hot cocoa. My mom would add a touch of peppermint extract or mini marshmallows on top and I was thrilled to curl up with a holiday movie or wrap presents.
Since Thanksgiving last week, feelings of nostalgia have been surfacing and Christmas music is on repeat. And while I’m not against a cup of traditional (AKA not the healthiest) hot chocolate, I love to revamp desserts I love with healthier ingredients. I use non dairy milks like almond and coconut, and egg replacements like chia or flax eggs. Then I substitute refined sugars for less refined options like maple syrup or coconut sugar.
Lastly, I sneak in a superfood if I can! Sometimes this is goji berries or cacao powder, other times it’s an adaptogen like this recipe calls for.
For this hot chocolate, I added the adaptogenic twist by sneaking in some of Nature’s Way’s Immune Powder. It’s perfect for winter months when your immunity could use some extra support!* I’ve been sprinkling this blend into hot teas, smoothies and lattes - so I had to try it in hot chocolate! If peppermint isn’t your thing, you can also try making an adaptogenic spiced dark hot chocolate using cinnamon sticks and a touch of nutmeg.
Ready for the recipe?
2 cups of almond milk (or 1 cup coconut milk, 1 cup almond milk for a creamier hot chocolate!)
5 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons maple syrup or agave to sweeten
1/8 tsp peppermint extract
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
Heat milk over medium low in a small saucepan
Add cocoa powder, sweetener, extract and Nature’s Way Immune Powder, heat and stir to combine
Top with coconut whip and fresh mint to garnish!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.