One of my most favorite things in this world is hot chocolate :pppp :333 mmmmmmmmm!!!! And with my mostly raw vegan way of diet, and highly aware and or interest in food medicines, natural holistic real earth given medicine and very strictly clean food choices, - keen eye to nutrients and components, observing how things feel or effect the body, mind, working with or not so much with you,- I now keep my hot chocolates at high warm raw temperatures or less for maximum benefits of most of the ingredients. So around 110F - 120F or less, which it definitely quite enough, as it's at that point that things are certainly adequate to still comfortably eat.
A recent recipe creation that is definitely one of the best of any I have ever had is a Medicinal Mushroom Chocolate Health Potion!
(Check out and explore yourself in you can find or afford the them. Pretty easy actually. This works stupendously well with a high speed blender):
-around 2 - 2 1/2 or more Cups of water
-1 tsp Reishi mushroom powder (Pairs magically with chocolate, as reishi powder itself is surprisingly strongly chocolatey smelling and tasting, I think.)
-1/2 - 1 tsp Chaga mushroom powder
(or any mushroom powder's that you's like to try, but DEFINITELY include Reishi. Chaga is very mild and unquite in flavor, nothing really signifcant to say otherwise)
-2 Tbs raw Cacao Powder
-a little less than or about 1/2 tsp raw Maca Powder (Lovely with chocolate)
-little less or about 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- around 1 tsp raw Cacao Butter
- around 1 Tbs or more of mixed raw nuts ( I use a mixed variety of Macadamia, Walnut, Cashew. Mostly choosing the cashew and macadamia from package. But any will do, experiment! )
-around 1/8 - 1/4 C raw Pumpkin Seeds (Or other. Also along with those, adding a little less or same of raw Sunflower Seeds, or more of one)
- 5 medjool dates
(fun adds: little less cacao butter, tiny magical tap of coconut oil. A pinch of cayenne or organic Indian Kashmiri chili pepper powder, [which is what I have currently. Brilliant flavor as well.] to desired spicynessD. Gives it a little fun kick, an a little dash of traditional mayan/mexican style cocoa!)
Add to high speed blender (If can). Definitely helps for the nut and date grinding to create a fine milk on the spot; blend until smooth liquid, adding more or less nuts or water for varying thickness or milkiness/creaminess of texture and favor. Whatever is right for you. Also, allow to blend long enough to desired temperate, again really however you like, but I would say so that most benefits are still intact. Sometimes, such as in the case with mushrooms, benefits can be unlocked with higher heat, while some still may be sacrificed, or vise versa.
(Also: a high speed blender will heat your foods dramatically during process. No external heating processes required! Normal blender will simply take much longer).
If you'd like, gently heat water before adding to blender, making this quicker and easier with less blending time. An electric water kettle is what I used and takes like 30 seconds or less to reach those higher warm temperatures. You can tell by if there is a little steam, or dipping your finger in the water to feel it is warm enough. Being mindful that the blender will still increase from that temperature.
It is AMAZING! Very relaxing, warming, yet intense feeling for a little bit because cacao is noticeably stimulating. (careful with intake, I think, for cacao does contain caffeine or caffeine like components [Theobromine] that do have a stimulating effect on the brain. I find that caffeine can be disruptive to thinking processes, yet along the other components of cacao, quite positively helpful. especially medicinally. It is my only source of anything caffeine related. Caffeine, I would suggest, is est to be avoided. From informational learning and simply my own experience; alas, which is my own). Even the dates and nuts together can be, the sugars and fats perhaps or other. Maybe that adds in such a feeling. Any mushroom powders can be tried along with the reishi in particular. Just be mindful of how much to then add of each. Test their flavors and feelings alone before hand. I'll be trying others soon, along with other nuts.
I encourage you to use whole dates, or other dried fruits as sweetners. Much much healthier; - very very noticeably (with much else as well) after eating cleanly for extended times. This encourages you to always be smart and stay that way hahaha. - Dates are often sweeter with a more base flavor and can be varying subtly in uniqueness each. With these, staying away from most processed sugars or sweetners always. Renders them useless with a whole smarter choice like dates, or simply fruits.
Fun creations, good stuff!