I LOVE coffee. I need coffee. Like, in my bones. And if you had told me – as Francesca did – that there was a drink out there capable of making me want to wake up and drink it more than I want to wake up and drink coffee, I would have said you were lying.
(Have I mentioned how much I hate having to admit I was wrong? I hate it.)
Anyway, I was staying over at Francesca’s house and she was all “let me make you this amaaaaaazing drink with unsweetened cacao powder and raw honey!” and I was all “no, I need you to give me my caffeine and stop trying to make me a person who ingests things like unsweetened cacao powder.” But then I – reluctantly, obviously – tried it anyway, and there you go:
I am now a person who ingests things like unsweetened cacao powder. (Reluctantly.)
I haven’t stopped drinking coffee entirely, because I don’t see why a person would do that unless forced to on pain of death, but this drink has officially (and wholly) replaced coffee as my just-woke-up go-to. Why? Because I like it better. (I. KNOW.) Dare I say, it gives me more energy than coffee (!), but a kind of…clean energy, with zero jitters. And it also makes my stomach all calm and settled (which coffee, bless its heart, does not). And it does all these things for hours before I feel the need to make another cup.
And I even like how it tastes! Which is not a thing I can really say about coffee. (Sidenote: The proportions you see here are just how I like *mine* – you can always up the honey and cream if you like your beverages a little lighter and sweeter.)
You should try it.
How To Make It:
In a mug, combine 1 tbsp cacao powder (you can find it at most supermarkets; I buy mine at Trader Joe’s) and 1 tsp raw organic honey with 6-8 oz hot water. Mix until the honey dissolves, then top with a splash of cream or the milk of your choice (coconut milk is especially good). Gloat silently every time you see a colleague drinking coffee, because you know what you are drinking? SOMETHING BETTER.