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Healthy Hot Chocolate

Updated on November 29, 2011

Quick, Easy & Healthy!

I enjoy this hot chocolate as an afternoon pick-me-up or an after dinner dessert several times a week.  It is quick, easy, and healthy.  Dark unsweetened chocolate increases mid-brain serotonin and aids in the production of endorphins for a positive frame of mind.  It contains anti-oxidants that help fight cancer.   Dark chocolate also contains copper that helps you process iron.  The molasses you will use for sweetening is an excellent source of iron.   

Hot Chocolate With A Heart!

This is not my hot chocolate, but it's pretty, isn't it? :) Photographer: naotakem: everystockphoto.com Attribution License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/
This is not my hot chocolate, but it's pretty, isn't it? :) Photographer: naotakem: everystockphoto.com Attribution License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/

Here is what you will need…

A 12 ounce mug

1 very generously heaping tablespoon of pure cocoa powder

A generous shake of cinnamon

OR 1/2 tsp of Cinnamon Bark Powder Extract*

Boiling Brita water

1 generous tablespoon of dark molasses

Milk or milk substitute of your choice

1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

Here’s what you’ll do…

Set your Brita water to boil. 

Measure the cocoa and cinnamon into the mug. Stir the powder & cinnamon with a fork to smooth out lumps.  Slowly pour in some boiling water, stirring all the time to avoid lumps.  Add water until the cup is about ¼ full.   Add the tablespoon of molasses.  Stir it into the cocoa mixture, then fill the mug up with milk, stirring the whole time.  Add the teaspoon of vanilla.  Stir.  Microwave on high for one minute.  Stir again.  Microwave for 30 seconds.  Stir again.  Microwave for another 30 seconds.  Stir again, and enjoy!

(Note: The reason you microwave the cocoa in increments is that milk will boil over if you try to microwave it all at once.)

Copyright: SuzanneBennett: January 12, 2009  

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  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    5 years ago from Texas

    It's much better to microwave it than heat it on the stove top. It doesn't stick or burn, but you do have to do it in increments! :) Thanks for commenting!

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    Aunt Jimi 

    5 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

    Sounds good, quick and easy. I love chocolate like most people do. Good tip about the milk boiling over. I didn't know that since I don't think I've ever microwaved milk.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    5 years ago from Texas

    Many thanks! I appreciate your support! :)

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    Peggy Woods 

    5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I have a new drink recipes board on Pinterest. Will add this good sounding one right now. Others should like this! Also tweeted. :)

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    5 years ago from Texas

    Good for you with the Brita water! :)

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    Peggy Woods 

    5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Hi Suzanne,

    Your healthy hot chocolate recipe sounds delicious!!! Will have to give it a try soon. I have all of the ingredients in the house including the Brita filtered water. :) Up and useful votes!

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    5 years ago from Texas

    Thanks for reading! :)

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    Thelma Alberts 

    5 years ago from Germany

    Yummy! I love to have that now. Thanks for sharing.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    6 years ago from Texas

    Many thanks! I will have a look at your HUB! :)

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    Patricia Scott 

    6 years ago from sunny Florida

    Healthy hot chocloate is a great option . I will give this a try for sure. I am looking for flavorful healthy beverages to serve my guests including family who stop by. thanks for sharing this.

    i have added it to my hub on hot chocolate . You can check it out at

    https://hubpages.com/food/pstraubie48gubpagecomyum...

    Pinned and voted up

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    6 years ago from Texas

    Well, yours sounds good, too! ;P

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    Rachelle Williams 

    6 years ago from Tempe, AZ

    Healthy hot chocolate? I'm sure that this recipe is far more healthy than my traditional hot chocolate Sunday morning ritual of melting chocolate bars and heavy whipping cream...What a great hub.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    7 years ago from Texas

    Thanks! Let me know how you like it! :)

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    Bizziebee 

    7 years ago from La La land, California

    Oh I love that! What a perfect way to start the day. I am going to attempt making one for myself today! :)

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    7 years ago from Texas

    My pleasure! Today is a good day for it! :)

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    PaperNotes 

    7 years ago

    I will definitely try this recipe! Thanks.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    7 years ago from Texas

    Well, you go right ahead! :)

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    KenWu 

    7 years ago from Malaysia

    Reading this makes me want to have a cup Now!

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    9 years ago from Texas

    Great! I'm sure you will enjoy it! :D

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    Iphigenia 

    9 years ago

    Just checked - I've got all those ingrediants - well, I use a different water filter - I'm planning to make your recipe for my mid-afternoon break later today. Thanks.

    https://hubpages.com/health/Chocolate-Therapy

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    9 years ago from Texas

    Thank you, Suza! (It's Molasses! :) While I whole-heartedly support the concept of buying only fair trade items, I am far too poverty stricken to do it myself! When I can I do, and anyone who can afford it, should definitely consider it! :D

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    Suza 

    9 years ago

    I wish I had a cup of hot chocolate soy milk right now! Adding molasses (or is it mollasses?)is a great idea! Just peeked quickly at your writings. Somewhere you probably already noted to use only Fair Trade organic chocolate not produced by child-slaves.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    9 years ago from Texas

    How lovely to have a fire! Enjoy your snow days! :)

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    Rebecca Graf 

    9 years ago from Wisconsin

    I echo the above statement. This is perfect timing. We are heading to 20 below and we are in front of the fire.

    Thank you.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    9 years ago from Texas

    My pleasure! Enjoy! :)

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    C. C. Riter 

    9 years ago

    What perfect timing for this. It's brutal outside today in my neck o' the woods. Looks so good and easy to do to I will try it today. Thanx suzanne.

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