I've made a "coffee" with it. Heat water in a small pan, stir in cocoa powder, vanilla extract and sweetener (optional.) It's like a creamless hot cocoa. Very yummy.
As for the topics of a little "too much" cocoa, I don't think there's harm in it. It may actually be a good thing depending on your type of exercise and diet. The most considerable thing to look out for is the amount of caffeine you take in daily, so cocoa on top of coffee, tea, or soda could amount to a poor habit that could potentially affect your health.
Maple syrup is also great and better than all other sweeteners. It has all sorts of minerals and is very good for the metabolism + the immune system, plus I find it doesn't even alter the chocolate flavor. I suppose you could use honey, which might alter the flavor, or sugar, which I would try to dissuade you off.
Last edited by Madelaine; 03-10-2013 at 05:29 PM.
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To find out whether you are consuming too much cocoa, just ask yourself if it is edging out bacon.