My Hot Chocolate

When I need a little comforting or indulgence, this is where I go ……..

Make this your own by using your favourite spice, your favourite milk.  

I even make it into a mousse by using a thick coconut yoghurt such as The Coconut Collaborative, and gently warming.   Scrummy.  

 

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp raw cacao powder (about 7g)
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon or your favourite spice
  • Honey to taste—as little as you can get away with which might depend on how sweet your milk is. Start with 1/4 tsp.
  • 175ml milk of your choice. I used unsweetened almond milk in this recipe, though my favourite is coconut.
  • Optional—2 or 3 cacao buttons

Method

  1. You can heat this on the hob in a small saucepan, or in an microwave up to you.
  2. However you are going to heat it, put the cacao powder and spice in the cup / saucepan.
  3. Add a little of the milk, just enough to make a thick paste, mix really well.
  4. Add the honey if needed, and the rest of the milk.
  5. Heat up to the desired temperature but not as hot at simmering.
  6. If you want to make it more decadent and rich add a couple of cacao buttons at the end and stir well.

Servings:

1

Ready In:

A few minutes

Good For:

Anytime

Health Benefits

Cacao is an amazing food, packed full of nutrients.  Do not confuse cacao with its lesser cousins such as milk chocolate, this is a health food that we should all be eating.  Eaten raw, cacao has 1 of the highest levels of antioxidants of any foods—great for good moods, anti ageing, hair & nails, the liver, boosting metabolism, & protection from heart disease. 

Cinnamon historically was used for insomnia, menstrual cramps, & nausea.  It is probably best known now for stabilising blood sugar levels, great for helping to prevent Type 2 Diabetes & for weight management.

Raw honey, although only a little used here, contains antioxidants with many health benefits.  Honey has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes, such as for sore throats.  It is anti bacterial & antifungal, & as a prebiotic is good for the gut. Honey is sweeter than refined sugar so less can be used, & does not upset the mineral balance like refined sugar does.

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Low Sugar

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Vegetarian

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Vegan

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Gluten Free

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