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The Naturopathic Chef: Chia Hot Chocolate with Coconut Whipped Cream and Coconut “Bacon” Sprinkles

This is medicine-in-a-mug with a side of comfort. If you have been to Italy, it’s sure to remind you of their amazing hot chocolate, which is really more like a warm pudding. Delicioso!

Coconut Whipped Cream

  • 1/3 cup heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/3 cup Coconut milk
  • 2 tsps Coconut-Plam sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla

Chill beaters and mixing bowl. Pour heavy cream into chilled bowl. Start mixing slowly to add air. Increase mixing speed to medium high turning bowl as you mix. Stop mixer. Add sugar and vanilla. Process until cream is in soft peak stage. Slowly drizzle in the coconut milk. Continue mixing until your cream holds a firm peak. Cover and chill until service.

For pure coconut whipped cream-Purchase a cream Charger on line or at a restaurant supply. Fill canister with coconut milk. Secure lid, aim and squeeze the trigger. Viola! Vegan whipped cream!

Maple-Glazed Coconut Bacon

  • 2 cups shaved, unsweetened Coconut
  • 1/3 cup Braggs Liquid Aminos
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1/3 cup Maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Liquid Smoke
  • 1/2  tsp Sea Salt

Place all ingredients except sea salt in a small mixing bowl. Toss coconut to coat thoroughly. Allow to sit at least 30 minutes. Overnight is great, if time allows. Heat oven to 300 degrees. Cover two sheet pans with parchment paper and spray lightly with pan spray. Shake excess glaze off of coconut and spread in a very thin layer over parchment. Place pans in oven for 45 minutes or until golden and crisp. Sprinkle with sea salt immediately upon removing from oven. Allow to cool completely. Store in air tight container for up to three days. I promise; it won’t last that long! Stay tuned for a fantastic savory recipe, which includes our amazing coconut bacon.

Hot Chocolate

  • 1 cup Almond milk
  • 1 1/2 Tbls Dark Cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4 Tbls Coconut-Palm sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Tbls Chia seeds

Whisk almond milk, cocoa powder, and sugar together in a small saucepan. Heat slowly over medium-low heat, whisking frequently. You want to heat and froth the milk to achieve the luxurious texture we’re looking for in our finished product. When the chocolate is just about to boil, turn the fire off and remove pan from hot stove grate. Whisk, to cool slightly. Add chia and continue to whisk just enough to separate seeds. Allow to rest 3 minutes. Using a rubber scraper, pour hot chocolate into mug and scrape out any remaining chia seeds. Top with coconut whipped cream and coconut bacon bits.

Phyto Facts

I have one thing to say about the medicine in this recipe: brain power. From the cleansing of the neuro-connections in our brains. To the vessel strengthening power in the dark cocao powder. Coconut and chocolate are a magical combination. And, I’m not just talking about taste! Everyday we are seeing the successful march toward the abolishment of Alzheimer’s Disease. Cases of severe and long term dementia being completely reversed with the use of coconut oil in the patient’s nutrition plan. People crippled with traumatic brain injury are having their neuro-connections restarted. This research is very promising.

Almond milk and Chia seed provide good fats; vitamin E, and Omega-3 fatty acids. All reduce inflammation and slow the effects of aging. Particularly, the aging that takes place in our brains. Depression both chronic, and acute, are related to inflammation.

All of our star ingredients are high in the 18 essential minerals. Good quality sleep has to do with our mineral balance.

So, you see: this really is a recipe for cerebral success.

Affectionately referred to as The Walking Encyclopedia of Human Wellness, Fitness Coach, Strength Competitor and Powerlifting pioneer, Tina “The Medicine Chef” Martini is an internationally recognized Naturopathic Chef and star of the cooking show, Tina’s Ageless Kitchen. Tina’s cooking and lifestyle show has reached millions of food and fitness lovers all over the globe. Over the last 30 years, Tina has assisted celebrities, gold-medal athletes and over-scheduled executives naturally achieve radiant health using The Pyramid of Power: balancing Healthy Nutrition and the healing power of food, with Active Fitness and Body Alignment techniques. Working with those who have late-stage cancer, advanced diabetes, cardiovascular and other illnesses, Tina’s clients are astounded at the ease and speed with which they are able to restore their radiant health. Tina believes that maintaining balance in our diet, physical activity, and in our work and spiritual life is the key to our good health, happiness and overall well being. Visit her website, themedicinechef.com

MFN Contributing Author