Chamomile Cacao Pot De Créme
This dairy-free pot de creme recipe is the perfect quicky for a sweet treat that’ll help calm your nerves and boost your mood. I love making these in little bell jars for a portable snack or nutrient dense breakfast.
And who doesn’t love chocolate for breakfast?
Not only is it delicious in dozens of forms, more recently, it has gained recognition as a medicinal and healing food and mood booster.
Research supports the use of cacao for reducing high blood pressure, lowering cholesterol improving insulin sensitivity and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. A few of the active constituents in chocolate are theobromine, numerous polyphenols, fiber, inulin, flavonoids, and caffeine.
The caffeine in chocolate is what we can thank for its mood-boosting activity, though one study may have correlated the synergistic effects of theobromine and caffeine for it’s enhancing effects on mood.
The flavonoids in cacao have neuroprotective functions that improve blood flow to the brain and promote its ability to adapt to stressful situations
My favorite sleepy time tea is also put to good use here. Chamomile contains high amounts of antioxidants, that are proven to reduce inflammation, and may decrease the risk of cortisol spikes. And studies have shown consumption of chamomile may be used for therapy for generalized anxiety disorder.
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Chamomile Cacao Pot De Creme
Chamomile contains high amounts of antioxidants, which are proven to reduce inflammation, and may decrease the risk of cortisol spikes. Studies have also shown that consumption of chamomile can be used for therapy for general anxiety disorder. Dark chocolate/cacao is a good source of flavonoids which have neuroprotective functions that improve blood flow to the brain and promote its ability to adapt to stressful situations. It also anti-inflammatory and may improve mood.
Makes: Serves 6-8
Cook time: 60 Minutes
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon loose chamomile tea or 1 tea bag
- 1 strip of lemon zest
- 1 strip of orange zest
- 2 egg yolks
- 3 Tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup raw cacao, finely chopped
- Fresh berries and mint for topping
- Warm milk in a in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Add the tea and strips of citrus zest; cover and let steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bag pressing firmly and turn off heat.
- Meanwhile, transfer salt, chocolate, egg yolks, and sugar to blender and blend on high until smooth.
- With blender running on low, slowly and carefully pour hot infused milk into blender. Blend until chocolate is completely melted, and mixture is smooth and thick.
- Divide the chocolate mixture evenly among ramekins.
- Cover and chill until set, about 30 minutes.
- Top the puddings with berries and serve.