Whatever the reason, I have recently discovered a little something that helps me during that sweet craving slump, specifically during the early afternoon after lunch when I'm a little tired, and also in the evening when I feel like ending my evening with tasty confections.
So here it is: Coffee Cacao hot drink
Mix 1 tsp instant coffee with 1 tsp cacao powder and cover with boiling water in a regular size mug.
I usually drink this without any sugar (I sometimes add a drop of stevia), but it hits the spot. If you prefer to add sugar, try a couple drops of stevia, or a little maple syrup.
- Don't confuse cacao powder with cocoa powder. Cacao powder is the cacao bean in its purest form. Cold pressed and made into a powder, it contains many health benefits, including antioxidants, fiber, and magnesium. You can get this at natural food stores or any grocery store that has a natural food section.
- Instant Coffee. I know. I went there. People who know me know I drink my coffee black, so I can tell when coffee tastes bad (*cough cough Maxwell House cough cough*). I picked up Giant Tiger brand instant coffee for a recipe, and was curious enough to try drinking it, too. People, it's good! Don't believe me, try it yourself. In a pinch, when you're desperate for some instant coffee, Giant Tiger delivers.
- I have tried to double this recipe to make a giant mug, but for some reason it doesn't taste as good. So I usually make another cup if I feel like more (again, the beauty of instant!) If you can figure out how to double the recipe to make it doubly delicious, please leave a comment.
I have discovered the joys of stevia recently, since it's a way to add natural sugar taste without the calories OR the added grams. It is actually derived from a plant, and can be found in any grocery store/health food store in either liquid or powder (like sugar) form. Be careful to check the label when buying stevia in packets. I made the mistake of buying a brand that added dextrose!
I would be interested to hear if anyone tries this delicious drink, and what you think/how you made it according to your taste.