It occurred to me not too long ago that my love for chocolate needed a sugar-free outlet. I thought of using more savory recipes, but this would only supply a small amount of chocolate per dish and not give the therapeutic amount of antioxidant-rich cacao that I was after. It occurred to me that my standard approach to this dilemma would be to make tea. Why not make chocolate tea?
I am so glad I did!
Chocolate tea ends up being my favorite coffee alternative. I like to add a dash of nut milk for a non-dairy option, or cream if I have an organic option. The tea has a hearty mouthfeel, more like a cup of coffee or hot chocolate than a typical tea. Cacao, or chocolate, is rich in antioxidants. Compared to coffee, chocolate is lower in caffeine with fewer harsh alkaloids. On top of all that, little to no sugar is needed to sweeten this rich healthy beverage. ~Enjoy!
- 1 - 2 Tablespoons raw cacao or pure chocolate powder with no sugar added
- 1 French press or teapot (20 ounces or so)
- Cover Cacao with almost boiling water and steep for 2-3 minutes
- Add nut milk or cream (optional)
- Your choice of natural sweetener to taste (optional)
Try this delightful beverage before adding any sweetener or milk, it's surprisingly tasty with nothing added!
Use raw cacao for boosted nutrition. More antioxidants and beneficial phytonutrients remain intact thanks to lower heat during processing. Good old cocoa or chocolate powder is still plenty full of nutrients. Just be sure to purchase pure chocolate or cacao, no sugar added!
Also, the chocolate will basically dissolve into the water so I often don't bother to strain the tea unless a friend is joining me. Any undissolved chocolate will sink to the bottom of the teapot.
Another tip when making tea for friends, I'll make the tea a few minutes ahead of time and strain into a thermos to keep it warm.