A delicious hot drink from roasted cocoa beans.
We had a little experiment today, since we like to eat raw cocoa beans in the morning for a boost of energy and health, we thought it would be a nice idea to have also a drink made out of pure cocoa beans.
We took some raw cocoa beans, like the ones in the picture below…
… and we roasted the beans in the oven for about 15-20 minutes starting at 150 °C (300 °F) for about 10 minutes and then turned the oven at 200 °C (400 °F) for about 5 to 10 minutes. (You need to keep them in the oven until they start to make cracking noises but be careful not to burn them)
The kitchen will start to smell wonderful like chocolate in a few minutes!
When the cocoa beans are roasted just take them out of the oven and peel of the skin (which should take off really easy when the beans are well roasted) and then chop the beans or grind them.
Next we used a French Press where we use to prepare tea and placed there 1 and 1/2 teaspoon of the grounded cocoa beans with a cup of hot water.
The result was a delicious hot drink with a strong chocolate flavor (see the picture below), add some sugar or honey if you want it to be sweet and you have ready a wake me up cocoa drink.
Don’t drink this in the evening or in the night because you will not be able to sleep, cocoa has theobromine an equivalent to caffeine from coffee.
A few facts you should know about the benefits of cocoa beans:
The cocoa beans can make you happy, because they contain dopamine, phenylethylamine (PEA) and serotonin, substances that bring positive mood and mental health.
They are also a good source of antioxidants, magnesium, and other essential minerals and vitamins that can help you have a healthy body.
You can eat the beans raw in the morning, like we like to do, and you will have a boost of energy and a feeling of happiness. Or you can just taste a delicious hot drink that has 2 major benefits: healthy and delicious 🙂