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Paleo Mexican Hot Chocolate

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

I don’t eat a lot of sweets, and I don’t even crave it much. I’m still sensitive to candida overgrowth and tend to stay away from dessert as a RESTART sugar detox instructor. I just don’t do well on them, unfortunately. Most of the desserts I make on the blog usually get thrown in the freezer and I’ll take out a piece to enjoy every few weeks or so.

However, I do looooove me some creamy and slightly bitter hot chocolate, especially during the holiday season. What’s different about hot chocolate is that they don’t need much sweetness but still feel indulgent for me, so I don’t feel the after-effects of a sugar binge. It’s a win/win!

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

My favorite type of hot chocolate is Mexican hot chocolate. Have you ever had it? It’s amazing and you are missing out if you haven’t (yes, it’s worth being this dramatic about it…)! It uses a combination of spices to brighten up the flavors and also has a nice spicy kick to it that complements with the chocolate SO well. It’s just wonderful and tastes so fancy, but it’s actually really easy to make.

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Like I said, I don’t add any sweeteners to this Mexican hot chocolate, because the melted chocolate bar is plenty sweet on its own, but I do give an option to add them below. Don’t you think this would be the perfect thing to drink while unwrapping presents or spending time with family over the holidays? That’s a heck yes.

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot ChocolatePaleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Paleo Mexican Hot Chocolate
 
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Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
Coconut Whipped Cream
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk with no stabilizers like guar gum, chilled in the fridge for at least 4 hours
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
Mexican Hot Chocolate
  • 2 cups non-dairy milk (I used ½ almond milk and ½ full fat coconut milk)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1.5 ounce dark chocolate bar, roughly chopped
  • Optional: 1-2 tbsp honey or maple syrup*
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • Options: cocoa powder, chopped chocolate, or cinnamon, for garnish
Instructions
Coconut Whipped Cream
  1. Carefully take out the can of coconut milk from the fridge, and turn it upside down.
  2. Open the can. You'll see the coconut water floating at the top. Pour out the coconut water, until you see the thick coconut cream resting on the bottom.
  3. Scoop out the cream into a large bowl. Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  4. Using a hand mixer, a stand mixer, or an electric whisk, whip the cream until it becomes fluffy.
  5. Place back into the fridge until ready to use.
Mexican Hot Chocolate
  1. Pour milk and cinnamon into a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium low heat for 5 minutes until fragrant. Whisk occasionally to prevent the milk from burning.
  2. Add cocoa powder, chocolate, honey, vanilla extract, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, and salt. Whisk frequently, until the chocolate is melted, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour the hot chocolate into 2 mugs
  4. Top with coconut whipped cream.
  5. Garnish with cocoa powder, chopped chocolate, and/or cinnamon.
Notes
I don't add like to add sweeteners to my hot chocolate and I really love it that way, but if you need a bit of sweetness, feel free to add some!

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Dairy-Free Strawberry Milk Slushie

Dairy-Free Strawberry Milk SlushieOf course, it’s just like me to find out that I can make shaved ice in my blender as we end summer. I’m honestly not ready for the summer to be over yet and I’m that person who’s yelling, “Stop posting about Fall and pumpkins!” while checking social media during this time of year. I will keep holding on to summer as long as I can which is why I’m bringing you this creamy and delicious slushie recipe. 

Dairy-Free Strawberry Milk Slushie

Dairy-Free Strawberry Milk Slushie

Dairy-Free Strawberry Milk SlushieI remember getting slushies all the time as a kid, loving the extreme sweetness of those sugar-filled drinks that made my tongue turn into obscenely bright colors. I can’t really imagine enjoying those drinks today now that my taste buds have changed, but I do miss the texture of shaved ice that instantly cools your soul as you drink it. So when I found out that I can make shaved ice with my blender that I’ve owned for 2 years now, I WTFed about the past 2 summers that I missed out making delicious cold slushies.

Well, it’s never too late (or early) to enjoy a slushie in my book so as everyone starts getting ready for Fall, I’ll be here sipping on this strawberry milk slushie imagining that I’m on a sunny beach somewhere. If you are also a summer lover like me, join me and let’s pretend the warm weather and long days will never end. If you are excited for Fall to start, then you should make this anyway because it’s pretty darn delicious and it’s a simple and easy way to take advantage of all the strawberries before they go away! Sad face.

Dairy-Free Strawberry Milk Slushie

Dairy-Free Strawberry Milk Slushie

Dairy-Free Strawberry Milk Slushie

Dairy-Free Strawberry Milk Slushie
 
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Serves: 1 slushie
Ingredients
  • 1 cup ice (about 5 standard cubes)
  • ½ cup strawberries
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tsp honey or maple syrup
Instructions
  1. In a high powered blender, blend 1 cup of ice until it becomes a consistency of shaved ice.
  2. Pour the shaved ice into a glass.
  3. Place strawberries, almond milk, almond butter, and honey (or maple syrup) into the blender, and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour over ice, and enjoy immediately!

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Energy Boosting Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Spirulina SmoothieRecently, I’ve been feeling a bit run down and low on energy. This happens when I push myself a bit too much (the down side of being type A) and stress starts affecting my energy level. I found out about spirulina a few months ago and I decided to give it a try. Although the taste takes some time to get used to, it’s incredibly nutrient dense and known for it’s energy boosting abilities.

Mint Chocolate Spirulina SmoothieWhat is Spirulina?

Spirulina is a powder form of blue-green algae that is ultra rich in vitamins (B vitamins, A, E, K, C, and D), minerals (potassium, calcium, zinc, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and selenium), proteins and amino acids, carotenoids, and antioxidants. With its myriad of nutrients, it is incredibly beneficial for the health of your brain and body. Though I don’t like to use the word “superfood,” it is considered to be one because of its nutrition profile and its ability to remove toxins from the body.

Some additional health benefits are:

  • Boosts energy
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Reduces allergy and sinus issues
  • Lowers inflammation in the body
  • Removes heavy metals from the body
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Increases fat burning and promotes weight loss
  • Eliminates candida
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Keeps your skin healthy and glowing
  • Improves memory and protects the brain

That’s not even the extensive list, and I think it’s pretty amazing!

Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Spirulina SmoothieI didn’t find the taste of spirulina off-putting at all when I first tried it, but many people have a hard time getting used to it. So I thought chocolate would be the best way to mask the taste. Specifically, mint chocolate… because who doesn’t love that?

With some spinach added in for some extra greens, you’ll love this energy boosting mint chocolate spirulina smoothie. I like to drink one of these in the morning, and I do feel more alert and better overall. I’ve been incorporating it regularly into my diet and I love that it feels like I’m eating dessert!

Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Energy Boosting Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1 or 2 small servings
Ingredients
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 12 fresh peppermint leaves
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • Optional: 1-2 tsp honey, if you prefer sweeter
  • Optional: Cacao nibs and shredded coconut, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Please all ingredients (except cacao nibs and cinnamon, if using) in a blender and blend until creamy.
  2. Pour into a glass, sprinkle with cacao nibs and shredded coconut (optional) and enjoy!

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Paleo Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie