What is Mexican Hot Chocolate?
Before I dive into this new recipe for y’all, I wanted to share what differentiates the traditional hot chocolate from this version.
“Mexican hot chocolate” refers to the classic drink with a spicy twist – usually using cayenne pepper mixed in.
It might sound weird or gross but trust me, it’s delicious.
Anyway, this matters because the main anti-inflammatory properties of this recipe come in with the spice.
And as much as you can decrease inflammation in the body, the better.
Your sleep just gets better with less and less of that crud sticking around!
Turmeric, black pepper & cayenne pepper
Again, I know it probably sounds weird that I’d include all 3 of these “spicy” tastes in a hot chocolate recipe.
But here’s the cool thing: turmeric has a pretty neutral flavor. If you put it into a dessert, it would actually take on a sweeter tone.
However, the biggest anti-inflammatory factors involved in turmeric come from curcumin, and that particular compound can’t be broken down in the body without some help from another compound called piperine.
Piperine is found in abundance in black pepper, so that’s why most turmeric recipes for “health” purposes end up combining the two.
I kept the cayenne here in this recipe so it still maintains the classic taste of Mexican hot chocolate.
Now, let’s get to the recipe!
My Anti-inflammatory Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe
- 1 cup coconut milk (or almond, or just plain water – milks are tastier, though!)
- 1 Tbsp high-quality cacao powder
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
- Pinch of sea salt
- Stevia (optional, to taste)
- Heat up the liquid you’re using on the stovetop or in the microwave.
- Pour about half of it into the mug you’ll serve it in.
- Add the dry ingredients to the liquid in the mug.
- Use a milk frother or an immersion blender to whip them all together and create the foam, like in my pictures.
- Add the rest of the warm milk or water to your mug, and enjoy!
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