I've been struggling for, well, EVER to find a "treat" that will satisfy my chocolate cravings that seem unabated despite doing "all the right things" in terms of foods to eat that should get rid of sweets cravings. I've even worked with both a naturopath and acupuncturist! Tonight, I hit on this tea that is so simple, I'm shocked I hadn't considered trying it before. It definitely helped curb my craving tonight, when the raw chocolate mousse I made from a recipe in the cafe Gratitude recipe book and the accompanying raspberry cashew cream topping was shouting my name from the fridge (I already ate enough today!). Let me know what you think!
1 or so teaspoons raw cacao nibs
5 or so fresh mint leaves
stevia or agave to taste
hot filtered water
Do I really need to do this part?
1. put your tea kettle on.
2. place the cacao nibs and mint in a mug or glass jar
3. pour hot water into mug or glass jar
4. steep for 5-10 minutes (the longer you steep, the more intense the flavors will be). The nibs won't melt, at least they didn't for me.
5. pour through strainer, add sweetener, if desired, and enjoy!
I think this would be great iced, too, for hot summer days, which happen to be far and few between here on the central California coast, but I hear the rest of the state and country suffers heat waves fairly regularly in these months. :)