I feel like I’ve been talking about the weather way too much lately. But, seriously, we have had more days in the 60s lately than I ever remember having in August and September. 60s in the fall is actually my favorite. I love wearing jeans and sweaters and being outside with a cool breeze. I’m hoping these days just mean we’ll have an extended fall season here in the Northland. That being said, it’s supposed to be in the 70s this weekend, so I will be at the beach. That is final.
Of course, one of my other favorite things about cool weather is hot beverages. I’ve been drinking a lot of Earl Grey tea lately, it just feels right. The kids get so excited about drinking hot chocolate, especially if I remember to have marshmallows around the house for them. I make this hot chocolate recipe, or something similar to it, quite frequently in the cold months.
Why add the spices? Cinnamon is a power spice, and very universally enjoyed, so it’s simple to add to things. It has a bunch of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits. Maca root powder is considered a superfood. It is an adaptogen, helps the immune system, and helps balance hormones. Both these spices have even more benefits that I would recommend reading about!
I like to use a local honey to help counteract local allergens. Honey also has great health benefits. Even cocoa powder has health benefits, one of which is that it is an antioxidant.
You see, after all this, hot chocolate is sounding pretty healthy! The spices are flexible. I try to sneak ginger powder in occasionally, but the kids usually taste it right away and tell me it’s gross. :). Haha. I do my best.
Hot Chocolate for the Kiddos (and everyone else)
2 1/3 c milk of choice (we like whole milk)
1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 t vanilla
1/4 c honey
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t maca root powder
1. Heat everything on low in small saucepan, stirring frequently. Stir so that the cocoa and spices are fully integrated.