Super Food Hot Cocoa with Caramelized Brioche

This velvety hot chocolate is filled with good-for-you ingredients that you don't have to think twice about indulging in this fall/winter (except maybe the caramelized brioche, but it is _so worth it_). One mug of this hot cocoa can actually improve your metabolism, increase energy, lower blood sugar and improve your immune system functionality. It is loaded with Vitamin C, antioxidants, omega-3's, and even some protein from the almond milk. The caramelized brioche 'croutons' are optional, but a wonderful touch of festive fun (with the right cookie cutters) for the season.

Here's how it's done:

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium beet, cooked
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 4 tbsp cacao powder
  • 4 tsp maca powder
  • 2-3 tsp sugar (preferably coconut)
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground ginger
  • 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Coconut whipped cream, to top (optional)

For Caramelized Brioche:

  • 4-5 slices of brioche bread
  • Coconut oil Honey
  • Cookie cutters (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a blender, add the beet + water, then blend until completely pureed.
  2. In a bowl, add: cacao, maca, chia seeds, cinnamon and ground ginger.
  3. In a saucepan, add the almond milk. Once steamy, add the dry mixture and beet puree, plus vanilla extract. Stir for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Pour into a blender to make frothy.
  5. For brioche, thinly slice (about 1/2"-1" thick) and begin to cut with cookie cutters into small pieces - you can always cut into squares if you don't have cookie cutters!
  6. Heat about 1 tsp coconut oil over medium-heat in a saucepan, cook each side for about 2 minutes (until golden brown).
  7. Once you flip on the second side, drizzle lightly with honey to caramelize.
  8. Pour hot cocoa into a mug, add some coconut whipped cream and caramelized brioche!

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