Hot, Beautiful Raw Cacao
This is my favorite breakfast drink. It is grounding and earthy, like coffee, without the sharpness or stimulation. Raw cacao is not roasted, so not as sharp or quite as warming as roasted cacao. It feels nourishing and is delicious. I think it nourishes blood and pacifies Vata, without aggravating Kapha (if you add a pinch of saffron, cinnamon or a touch of cayenne pepper) or Pitta (especially if you add vanilla or a pinch of cardamom)
8 oz. boiling water
1 heaping teaspoon organic, raw cacao powder (I like Navitas brand)
1-2 TB pure maple syrup
Milk, cream or milk alternative, to taste.
Optional: An 1/8th of a tsp. of vanilla or a pinch of saffron, cinnamon, cardamom or a touch of cayenne pepper)
Mix the cacao and maple syrup well in the bottom of a mug. Add the boiling water and vanilla or spices if you want those. Mix well. Add the milk, cream or milk substitute.