Originally shared on The BossBabe Société Magazine.
Move over coffee – cacao lattes need a moment. Think back to all those cozy winter mornings when snow was lightly falling outside your window and your mom made you a nice mug of hot chocolate. When we’re kids, those treats were loaded with sugar, which every BossBabe knows crashes her energy.
Naturally destress this holiday season and have energy to crush your end of year goals with my dreamy cacao latte!
Coffee is a stimulant, which can be great when you have a long to-do list. However, for most of us, it leads to the dreaded afternoon energy slump. It can also disrupt our gut bacteria, which can lead to more inflammation, PMS symptoms, low energy, and period problems.
Chocolate though…. mmmmm hold on a moment… just thinking about it distracted me!
Chocolate, or as I’ll show you in this recipe, cacao (the purest form of the cacao bean) has a small amount of caffeine. It is also loaded with magnesium, a calming mineral our bodies flush out in times of high stress, which then makes you feel more stressed.
With this latte you’ll calmly sit at your desk or head to all your meetings with renewed energy and focus.
I’m a big fan of superfoods and this latte recipe is full of them! They’re like multitasking for your body.
In the recipe below I add MCT oil, which is a higher quality coconut oil that bypasses the digestion process. Your body uses it right away as energy. MCT oil is a healthy fat that stabilizes your blood sugar, so your stress hormones will remain balanced.
I also love adding collagen powder because it benefits your gut health, hair, skin, and nails. You can find it in most health food stores or online.
Lastly, the recipe calls for ashwagandha powder, and if you’ve never used it, you will love it! Ashwagandha is an adaptogen herb that helps your body become more resilient to stress, so you can focus your attention on running your business.
DREAMY CACAO LATTE RECIPE
1 cup sugar free almond milk
1 scoop vanilla collagen powder
1 tbsp. cacao powder
1 tbsp. MCT oil
½ tsp. ashwagandha powder
¼ tsp. cinnamon
DIRECTIONS 1. In a saucepan over medium heat, add almond milk, collagen, cacao, ashwagandha and cinnamon.
2. Whisk until well blended.
3. When the mixture is lightly steaming, transfer into a high powered blender. Add MCT oil and blend for 15 seconds.
4. Pour the latte into your favorite mug and you’re good to go!
Blending the MCT oil will make your latte extra creamy, or dare we say dreamy 😉 Snag more superfood latte recipes here.