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Recipe Weekend: Heavenly Raw Chocolate Milk
My dear-friend-turned-nanny comes over some days (my favorite days!:)) to help with the kiddos while I blog, get in a workout, do all the things that mamas can’t do easily without an extra pair of hands. As one of the hazards and delights of having a friend as nanny is that I have to desperately fight against the urge just to hang out together and actually sequester myself for a portion of the time she’s around, but I can’t fight this urge entirely, and I wouldn’t want to... A little routine we seem to have cooked up is that we make a chocolate drink together, her me and whichever kiddos are around (my hubby doesn’t help, but he certainly likes to drink it.) Oddly, it didn’t even occur to me to share the recipe until yesterday, when she asked, after a near perfectly-tweaked batch, ‘you’re going to share this for Recipe Weekend, right?’
This drink is one of life’s real treats. It is healthy in the sense that it uses raw, high-antioxidant ingredients, is lactose-free, no white sugar, and ‘sneaks’ in a wonderful dose of greens, but my pour on the agave can be a little heavy, so it’s nice to conceive of it as a little bit of a heavenly, dessert-y snack -- a really nice sweet treat for Summer -- especially if you want to throw a batch in the popsicle maker!
As full disclosure, my friend texted her two expert friends, a couple who used to work at the best local juice place around, for some input on our first batch, so I credit The Daily Juice with the original inspiration (for this, and lots of my favorite juice creations. It is a must-visit if you’re ever in Austin). That said, they gave us two different opinions on the best ingredients, so clearly this recipe begs for improvisation.
I dare you not to make this into your own routine.
Heavenly Raw Chocolate ‘Milk’
- 1 Cup purified water
- 1 Cup coconut water
- 4 heaping Tablespoons raw chocolate powder
- 1 Tablespoon green food powder -- powdered spirulina, or a green superfood like Pure Synergy is great (optional, but a great way to sneak more greens into the kids’ diet)
- 6 ice cubes
- 1-11/2 Tablespoons agave nectar
- 1 Tablespoon of either raw coconut oil or almond butter (this is optional too, but gives the drink a little stick-to-your-ribs heft)
- 1/2 tsp cinammon
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp cayenne (this gives it a hint of punch which even my son enjoys, but if you’re kids are sensitive to spice, go especially light, or omit entirely)
Place it all in a blender. Whirl it up into a mid-morning or afterschool delight.
Makes two nice big glasses full.
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