Creamy Cacao Recipe for Children

 

In pre-columbian Mesoamerica, drinking Cacao was forbidden for women and children, with the exception of energising a birthing mother through a long labour. Aztec Kings reserved cacao for their elite military and only men who were willing to go to war.

Fortunately times have changed and pure ethically sourced ceremonial grade cacao is making its way into the market, for ALL people to experience, connect with and enjoy once again.

My children absolutely adore spending time creating playful cacao ceremonies and sitting outside in nature drinking cacao, singing songs and listening to the animals. Teaching our children to pause and lean into their bodies, to connect with nature and family, is powerful programming for a future where they will no doubt be inundated with technology in the modern matrix. I really believe these seeds of ritual, bliss and connection will stay with them forever.

May they carry these practises with them into the future.

This recipe will serve 2 children.

Place into a saucepan

  • 20g of your fave ceremonial cacao (allowing for a dose of approximately 10g per child)
  • 300ml of your fave plant milk (my children love bonsoy)
  • Add 1-2tbspn maple syrup (depending on your childs taste buds – cacao is a lot more bitter than most commercial hot chocolate that children are used to)
  • little dash of organic vanilla paste

Once the ingredients have just started to simmer, turn off the heat and stir gently allowing the cacao to fully melt. You may like to use a tea whisk or stick blender, or transfer it into a blending vessel to make it frothy, smooth and creamy.

 

Please note:

Because cacao does increase dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain, it can be addictive, so I recommend only giving this to your children 1-2x week, and really encouraging your children to connect with the plant in a sacred way.

Ceremonial cacao also contains a very small amount of caffeine, equivalent to about 0.1-0.7% per bean, which generally translates to about 1/4 of the amount of a cup of black tea. While caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant, the main constituent that gives Cacao its stimualting effect is Theobromine. Theobromine does not stimulate the central nervous system like caffeine does, instead it is a cardiovascular stimulant, which causes the blood vessels to open and dilate, and increases blood flow to our hearts and around our bodies. For that reason cacao literally does ‘open our hearts’. If you are concerned about cacao being too stimulating for children, generally a smaller dose of 10g per child given no more than a few times a week, is suitable. It is a much healthier option than most of the sugary processed hot chocolates on the market today.

 

When drinking your cacao find a special spot where you can encourage your children to connect to the land. We have a favourite rock outside we love to go to. You can also lay a blanket outside or in the living room and drink cacao together. Invite them to smell their drink and notice how that makes them feel. Then when they taste her, what do they notice in their bodies?

Practise prayer and gratitude for the natural world around us, the land which we call home, this beautiful plant and all those who have prepared her – from the growers, farmers, roasters, and makers.

 

Happy Drinking and Family time

Love Jane xxx