We are fans of hot cocoa around here. Usually, I make it on the fly just enough for enjoying in the moment. There is something to be said for having some cocoa mix on hand, however. Not just any mix, something from scratch and as whole food as possible. Something homemade, of course. Maca hot cocoa mix is a perfect balance of sweet treat and superfood nutrition.
Maca root is an adaptogen that helps our bodies cope with stress. It is also reported to help increase energy and stamina. Maca is high protein, magnesium, and calcium and while also being rich in Vitamins B, C, and E. A bit of superfood, maca is something that can help make tough days a little easier.
Dark chocolate has been enjoying its superfood status for a few years now. It is high in antioxidants, can help reduce stress, helps us focus more, and has some anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, let's just be honest – dark chocolate is plain tasty. Use a 100% cocoa powder or cacao powder here.
Any type of powdered milk will work in this recipe. I've made it with powdered coconut milk, powdered goat milk, even the regular cow milk powder. Truly use whatever you like. If you're giving it as a gift you can customize it for allergies and more.
The recipe calls for 1/4 cup of sugar. I've used regular granulated sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, and coconut sugar with success. I imagine some kind of stevia would work but I don't know the ratio. Brown sugar works but can clump. Use your favorite sweetener. If you made any herbal infused sugar, this is a lovely place to use it.
Add a teaspoon of ground cinnamon or other favorite spice for a hint of warmth to the cocoa. Feel free to add a pinch or more of cayenne for a Mexican inspired drink.
- 1 Cup Cocoa / Cacao Powder
- 1 ½ Cups Milk Powder
- ¼ Cup Sugar / Sweetener
- 3 Tablespoons Maca Root Powder
- Pinch of Salt
Store in an airtight container.
To use: Mix 2 Tablespoons of maca hot cocoa mix with 8 ounces of boiling water. Stir well. Enjoy. I've been known to stir the mix into hot coffee for a lovely and quick mocha-like drink.
Use for Gifts
Put the mix in canning or other interesting jars. Add a label with instructions to make a cup. Additional lovely touches include tying a measuring spoon or scoop to the jar. Give some homemade marshmallows along with mix for a delightful gift.