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