I am obsessed with all things cacao and this recipe is no exception! I’ve been drinking matcha for about a year and a half now (since I quit coffee) and I recently started adding cacao which has been a total game-changer. I won’t lie, I still dabble in coffee from time to time, but I usually regret it and end up feeling super low energy after a few hours. This Iced Cacao Matcha Latte is energizing in all of the right ways! I can feel the effects almost instantly, but it’s a gentle, natural energy that doesn’t spike and dip like coffee does. Raw cacao is extremely high in antioxidants and is also a great plant-based source of magnesium, iron, and calcium. It is also considered a natural mood elevator due to its concentration of the neurotransmitter anandamide, also known as the bliss molecule. Basically, it’s a natural pleasure molecule that fits into our cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system. Believe it or not, cacao is one of only TWO foods known to contain it! (The other is black truffles).
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This cacao matcha latte is easy (takes just a few minutes to assemble and blend) and is the perfect morning beverage or afternoon pick-me-up. I also like to prep my dry ingredients in bulk so I can just take a scoop of pre-mixed ingredients in the morning and go! Either way, this recipe is quick and fool-proof. Feel free to adjust the quantities to your preference; I tend to eyeball it and adjust depending on my mood! You can also leave it unsweetened but matcha does tend to be a bit earthy so sometimes it’s nice to add a touch of sweetener. I prefer maple syrup or date nectar but you could also use stevia.
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