Superfood Holiday Treats: Cozy Hot Cocoa + Cocoa-Berry Vegan Cheesecake

Superfood Holiday Treats: Neal's Yard Remedies Organic Cocoa Complex fall in the air, it’s the perfect time of year for some superfood holiday treats right? Even in Mexico where the air and water temperatures have dropped significantly since summer, I’m wearing fleece leggings and top as I write this, and jonesing for a cup of Cozy Hot Cocoa. (Those of you who know me will be laughing! I’m perpetually too hot or too cold even in Mexico!)

So what makes these superfood holiday treats so healthy? These two recipes are chock-full of adaptogens. Adapto-what? Adaptogens are naturally occurring plant-based phytonutrients that help the body adapt to stress by lowering the stress hormone cortisol, and exerting a normalizing effect upon bodily processes bringing the body to homeostasis, or balance.

So let’s check out these Superfood Holiday Treats and see just how healthy they are. Yummmmm… I know what Superfood Holiday Treats I’m making this season, how about you?

Superfood Holiday Treats

Cozy Hot Cocoa

Recipe by Tipper Lewis, Naturopathic Herbalist at Neal’s Yard Remedies
Feel good organic cocoa and mood enhancing superfoods are combined in this delicious hot chocolate to help you cope with everyday stresses. Some well-known adaptogen ingredients in Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Cocoa Complex include Ashwaganda, Astragalus, Blueberries, Licorice root, Maca, Shiitake Mushroom, and Schizandra Berry.

4-6 scoops Organic Cocoa Complex (Good source of adaptogens)
2 teaspoons Organic Cacao Powder (Mood enhancing)
2 cups Nut Milk (or dairy) (Good source of protein)
1 teaspoon Orange zest (Good source of vitamins and minerals)
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract (High in antioxidants)
2 TBSP Maple syrup or honey (anti-inflammatory properties)
½ cup Coconut milk (good source of brain-healthy fat)

In a saucepan make a paste of the raw cacao powder and Organic Cocoa Complex with a little nut milk. When smooth whisk in the remaining nut milk.

Add all other ingredients except coconut milk, and heat slowly without boiling. Add 100ml coconut milk just before serving, to make it extra creamy. Serve and enjoy!

Serves 2

Cocoa-Berry Vegan Cheesecake

Superfood Holiday Treats: Neal's Yard Remedies Organic Berry Complex Recipe by Naturally Meghan for Neal’s Yard Remedies
A guilt free, super delicious superfood vegan cheesecake that your friends will love and won’t be able to get enough of! Plus the Organic Berry Complex and other healthy ingredients boost radiant beauty from the inside-out.

For the base:
2 scoops Organic Cocoa Complex (Good source of adaptogens)
½ cup Organic Cacao Powder (Good source of sulphur for health and beauty)
1 cup Medjool Dates (Fibre rich)
1½ cups Raw Cashew Nuts, soaked overnight (Rich in calcium and magnesium for healthy bones)
¾ cup Dessicated Coconut (or shredded unsweetened) (Source of healthy fats)
3 TBSP Water (Supports elimination via the kidneys)

For the filling:
1 scoop Organic Berry Complex (Rich in antioxidants, super nutrients, fibre and fatty acids)
½ cup Virgin Organic Coconut Oil melted (Healthy fats for dewy complexion)
2 cups Raw Cashew nuts, soaked overnight (Gentle on the digestive system)
1 cup Organic Frozen Raspberries (Skin loving omega 3 & 6)
½ cup Maple syrup (Mineral rich, plant based sweetener)
½ cup Water (Supports elimination via the kidneys)

Night before: soak raw cashew nuts in water overnight, then drain before use.

Line a springform cake tin with waxed-paper.

Place all ingredients for the base into a food processor and mix until a sticky mixture has formed. Transfer this mixture into the cake tin and press it down until it evenly covers the base of the tin

Place all ingredients for the filling into a Vitamix or blender & blend on high until smooth and creamy. Pour the filling on top of the base, making sure it’s evenly distributed.

Put the cheesecake into your freezer and leave it for at least 2 hours to allow it to set. Once it has set remove it from the tin and peel off the waxed-paper. Let it defrost slightly before serving.
Serves 8

Giving Thanks

This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for all of you, my readers who care about living a healthier lifestyle, which energizes me to learn more so I can keep sharing with you! I’m also thankful for having access to nutritious, delicious foods. As Hippocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” The more we learn about the healing properties of whole foods and spices, and the more we eat for what ales us, the healthier we become.

Please leave a message to let us know what you are thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving! Namaste.

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