Springtime Hot Cocoa

Springtime cold weather seriously calls for a sesame mylk hot cocoa!  Yes, it does!  

We've gotten 4 snowfalls in the past 4 weeks here in the Northeast!  This week Spring is finally peaking and the early Springtime flowers are popping out of the ground saying "Winter's over!"  But if you're still cold, like I am, a hot cup of sesame mylk cocoa can be a beautiful way to warm up from the inside out with a plant-based leche.  Last week I actually started my day with this and it was an amazing way to start the day.  

And great news for you mamas who are breastfeeding: sesame seeds can help with lactation so you not only get a yummy beverage, but a bonus for the kiddo too!

Here's the recipe: 

Ingredients

1.5 cups sesame seeds
3-5 dates (depending how sweet you like it)
1 teaspoon maple syrup
cardamom seeds (optional)
1 teaspoon unsweetened cacao powder

Instructions

Soak sesame seeds in water for 2-3 hours.
Drain and rinse them.
Add them to the blender and add about 3-4 cups water depending on how thick you want it.  Blend. 
Strain the milk with a cheese cloth or a chinois.  (You can keep the pulp for a week and bake with it).
Add the strained mylk back into the blender and throw in the dates and maple syrup.  
Add the teaspoon of the cacao immediately and blend
Note: You can add the cacao right away or wait until you're reheating it.  Make sure to heat it gently.  

Breastfeeding Tip: A friend sent me herbs for lactation from Lunapothecary in California and I also love adding those to my sesame mylk, hot or cold.