Holy Cow! Is it November already? Even with all of us being cooped us indoors because of COVID, the time seems to have flown by pretty fast! As for me, the past few months have been exceptionally busy! A few months ago, I started doing nutrition consulting for a functional medicine practice and between that and my own private practice, boy, have I been busy! And to add to that, I have been working on my first cookbook for the most part of this year. The last few weeks have been especially crazy since I was on a self-imposed deadline for finishing the book and launching it before December! So I am working towards that!
So as you can see, I have had pretty much no time to blog new recipes although I have a lot of recipe posts ready to be typed and posted. So anyways, this past weekend, I finally completed the first draft of the book and it looks good! My son has been helping me design the book. Which has definitely made things a lot easier. I cannot imagine how much time I would have needed if I had to correspond (as in back and forth) with someone over the phone. Having him at home next to me definitely helps!
So anyways, because of my crazy schedule, last weekend after spending many long hours working, I felt like making a treat for myself and for the whole family. This warming, hot cocoa with cinnamon and ginger hit the spot! It felt indulgent and incredibly satisfying! Perfect to have curled up on the couch with your favorite blanket.
Here’s a video of how I make this. Please subscribe to me on youtube too!
- ½ cup coconut milk
- ½ cup water
- One 2 inch cinnamon stick
- ⅛ to ¼ tsp ground ginger
- pinch sea salt
- 1 tbsp carob powder or raw cacao (use carob for AIP)
- ½ tbsp maple syrup (use any keto approved sweetener for Keto)
- ¼ tsp vanilla powder or extract (use powder for AIP) - optional
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp unflavored grass fed gelatin
- extra coconut milk or coconut cream to drizzle on top
- In a sauce pan, add all the ingredients except the coconut oil and gelatin. Let the mixture come to a simmer and then stir using a spoon while continuing to heat on low to mix the carob completely. Turn heat off and discard the cinnamon stick.
- Add the coconut oil and the gelatin and blend the mixture using a hand blender. (You can use a regular blender too but exercise caution when blending hot liquids)
- Transfer to a mug and drizzle the extra coconut milk/cream on top!