One of my main motivations for becoming raw vegan around 7 years ago (I'm not fully raw anymore but I was at the time I got pregnant with Malakai) was to prepare my body for pregnancy. Throughout my early twenties I always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to be the fittest and healthiest I'd ever been in preparation to carry a baby. So in a way it kind of was 'planned'.
This hot chocolate could satisfy my sweet tooth but when pregnant I decided to have very little to no cacao as it contains theobromine which is a stimulant. So I would emit the cacao powder, and add more carob instead.
I'm not a nutritionist, so I'm not giving any particular advice or telling anyone what to do or what not to do when pregnant. This is just what felt right to me intuitively and what I found worked for me in my pregnancy.
I'm using a lot of maca at the moment. It tastes great and its an adaptogen so has been known to support fertility and to balance hormones - perfect for if you're thinking of getting pregnant!
The carob is a great alternative to cacao as it tastes quite chocolatey but without the stimulant elements. It also works as a sweetener in this recipe.
*Maca powder (gelatinised)
Adaptogen ayurvedic blend of moringa, schizandra and chaga
*Oat milk or any other plant based mylk
(if you prefer it sweeter you could add in a date or some other liquid sweetener also)
To make you just add everything to a blender, whizz it up and either keep blending for 3-4 minutes on high until it warms up (I use a vitamix which is why I do it in this way) or transfer to a saucepan and heat to desired temp - do not boil though! you'll want it just warm enough to feel cozy but not too warm that you'll alter the enzymes and nutrients.
*If you prefer to keep it simpler or you don't have access to these other ingredients then this drink would still taste just as nice using the starred things only - Even omit the maca if its difficult to find. Or message me for recommendations of where to purchase.