Did you know December 13th is National Hot Cocoa Day?
Chilly winter days call for creamy hot cocoa to warm up and put a smile on your face! But can hot cocoa be healthy? YES! With a few tweaks, you can turn the most indulgent drinks and foods into something more nutritious and fiber-rich!
Prepackaged hot cocoa mixes are packed with sugar and other unnecessary chemicals. So why use an envelope filled with sugar when - with just a little more effort - you can make a healthy, fiber-rich version?!
Making healthy hot cocoa from scratch starts with choosing the right type of cocoa powder. We suggest choosing 70% dark organic cocoa because it has the most health benefits.
JBB Fun Fact: Dark cocoa has valuable prebiotic properties and contains flavanols that help reduce inflammation.
Ready to put a healthy spin on hot cocoa? Let’s dive in!
just better.® Dark Hot Cocoa for Two
2 ¼ Cups of your favorite nut milk, coconut milk, oat milk, or dairy product
(We like a combination of coconut milk and oat milk for a creamy, smooth texture!)
2 Tablespoons of 70% Dark Organic Cocoa Powder
(Adjust to taste)
2 Tablespoons (or 2 Stick Packs) of just better.® Prebiotic Fiber Powder
(just better.® Fiber is 100% dissolvable, no flavor or grit!)
** 2 Tablespoons of Pure Organic Maple Syrup OR 2 ½ Tablespoons Allulose
(a naturally occurring rare sugar)
½ Teaspoon of Organic Vanilla Extract
A Pinch of Sea Salt
(This helps bring out the full body flavor of the dark organic cocoa powder!)
In a medium saucepan, warm your choice of milk over medium heat. Add dark organic cocoa powder while whisking out any clumps. Add just better.® prebiotic fiber powder and the remaining ingredients.
Heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until steaming. Do not allow your cocoa to boil; this will change the flavor of your dark hot cocoa.
Pour into your favorite mugs and enjoy with a loved one!
** Please please PLEASE! We beg you! DO NOT use an artificial sweetener, including stevia or monk fruit! EVER! Fake sugars kill the good bacteria in your gut.
Artificial sweeteners are hundreds of times sweeter than sugar. This causes high levels of insulin to dump into our bloodstream leading to obesity and diabetes!
Stay tuned for upcoming insights on fake sugars!