Breakfast Hot Chocolate

This is meant to warm you up, down to your toes, but a side effect is happiness, it’s made of chocolate, after all.

Millet Pecan Hot Chocolate

I was reading about ‘Champurrado’ in Lucky Peach magazine the other day. I had never heard of it before, but it is a chocolate version of ‘Atole’, a masa (corn)-based drink that they drink in Mexico to warm up ). Because apparently it gets cold there. As it turns out, this will warm you up whether you are Mexico-cold or Canada-cold.

The recipe in the article was created by Rick Bayless, and whenever I see his name I pay attention because his specialty is traditional Mexican cuisine, a cuisine I don’t know very much about, but find really interesting.

Millet Pecan Hot Chocolate

I would have pictured a warm chocolate drink from Mexico more like warm chocolate drinks that I’ve had in Europe, basically melted chocolate ganache (not that I’m complaining), but this is more like a mixture between hot porridge and a smoothie. That’s why I’ve called it breakfast hot chocolate, because it doesn’t resemble the hot chocolate that comes in the rip open packages with little dried marshmallows that you may or may not have enjoyed beside a roaring fire after a chilly summer night time swim. It’s actually pretty healthy, even if it leans towards the sweet side (chocolate without the sweet would taste more like black coffee).

Millet Pecan Hot Chocolate

Something that Mexico does that I love, is cinnamon with chocolate. Have you ever tried it? Cinnamon is a warming spice, so it makes sense to put it into a warming drink, and it also helps to maintain our blood sugar, so it is the perfect ingredient to add to something sweet. It also tastes really good with the chocolate.

Millet Pecan Hot Chocolate

The only chocolate to go into the drink is cacao nibs (roasted, cracked cacao beans). These cacao nibs are pure chocolate and are packed full of antioxidants, magnesium (if you crave chocolate on a regular basis, it may be because you are low in magnesium-pure chocolate is full of it), iron, and mood enhancement (for real, science says so). You can find them at health food stores or fancy grocery stores, often in the bulk section.

Millet Pecan Hot Chocolate

I subbed out the masa in the recipe for whole, soaked millet (corn is a common allergen, and millet is alkaline and pretty easy to digest). Subbed out the sugar (obviously) for fresh dates, doubled the pecans (and soak them instead of toast them), and added water to replace the milk (we kind of make it all into millet/pecan milk in the process anyway, so water works well in this case).

Millet Pecan Hot Chocolate

Our version contains more fiber and more fat, which lowers the overall glycemic load of the hot chocolate. It’s made only with real, whole foods and makes a really nice treat in the morning when you are pulling on your wool sweater and thinking about how nice a trip to Mexico would be.

Millet Pecan Hot Chocolate

Breakfast Hot Chocolate
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Serves: 5 c
  • ¼ c Millet, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed
  • ½ c Pecans (soaked for 12 hours, drained and rinsed) (cut with (unsoaked) hemp hearts for extra protein or (soaked) Brazils for extra selenium)
  • ⅓ c Cacao Nibs
  • 6-8 Medjool Dates
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Vanilla Powder
  • Pinch of Sea(weed) Salt
  • 4 c Water
  1. Blend all of the ingredients in a blender until very smooth.
  2. Pour contents into a saucepan and cook on med/low heat wile whisking for 10 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Water down to thin it out if desired.
  4. Sip out of a mug or serve in a bowl topped with cacao nibs, freshly ground cinnamon and fresh fruit (raspberries, pears etc) if desired.
  5. Freezes well


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4 Responses to Breakfast Hot Chocolate

  1. Dana McIntyre April 22, 2016 at 9:43 am #

    That’s a good idea, thanks Louise. It is something that I have planned, hopefully it will happen sooner now that someone’s actually requested it :)

  2. Louise April 21, 2016 at 5:02 am #

    Hi again Dana,

    I’d love to see a section on the soaking process and subsequent cooking tips for individual grains, legumes and nuts; i.e. just like you’ve done with quinoa, I’d love to read how to prepare and cook other ingredients – amount of liquid, etc. Do you always use raw cider vinegar?

    Thanks so much for all your hard work making it easier for us !


  3. Dana McIntyre March 8, 2016 at 2:37 pm #

    Thanks Eva! Absolutely not! Or yes? I don’t know how to answer this….

  4. Eva March 8, 2016 at 9:07 am #

    Yummy!! Should we add your sisters marshmallows? ;)

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