Health-Boosting Hot Chocolate

28.4.2016 | 00:32

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From Debra’s Kitchen


Okay, so chocolate’s always health-boosting in my book!  It doesn’t matter to me if I’m enjoying an ounce or so of high-quality dark chocolate or enjoying it as part of a hot beverage.

Yes, we’ve been flirting with summer-like temperatures here in central NC over the past couple of days, but if our forecast holds, we’ll be having some much cooler weather for the next week.  Typical springtime for us!

So this will likely be the final hot beverage recipe posted for a few months.  Next week’s will be a salad – a good option for the hotter days sure to come.

This week we bought some dandelion root tea and decided to add it to the “bulletproof”-style hot chocolate drink we’ve been enjoying most days.  Probably not for too much longer – though it’ll be something to look forward to when summer is past.

Of course, I’m NOT going there — I plan to enjoy summer as much as possible.

Dandelion has a more robust flavor than many herbal teas and steeps to a nice dark brown, so it’s a good blend with cacao — and the flavors mesh really well besides.  It’s often used as a substitute for coffee.

All the health benefits of dandelion root – no disparaging that humble plant in this household! – and the great taste of cacao.  No complaints here.


Health-Boosting Hot Chocolate


(serves 2)

2 teabags dandelion root tea


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5 cups water

2 Tbsp cacao powder


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1 dropperful chocolate-flavored stevia (or to taste), though plain stevia works just fine too


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2 Tbsp coconut oil


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1/4 tsp cinnamon



Heat water to boiling (an electric kettle works great for this).  Steep tea for 5-10 minutes — I do this in the high-speed blender.  Remove teabags and add remaining ingredients to blender.  Blend on high for 15-20 seconds.

Serve and savor.


  1. Sharon Elgin
    May 1, 2016 | 3:57 pm

    I went and got the roasted dandelion root tea this morning and am drinking a plain cup now (allergy testing). Will make that cup of chocolaty deliciousness this afternoon since we did indeed get that cooler weather this weekend. I’ll be using a small amount of unfiltered/unpasteurized local honey instead of stevia. Will that be okay?

    • daletchworth
      May 2, 2016 | 12:50 am

      Definitely cooler here this weekend. Honey is no problem (except for those whose blood sugar may be sensitive to it). Hope you enjoyed! 🙂

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