Healthy Hot Chocolate
This time of year I start craving hot chocolate. Something warm, sweet and nourishing that’s healthy and not going to start turning me into a marshmallow during winter. Buy good quality cocoa powder for this one. I vary from raw varieties such as loving Earth to quality cocoa powders such as Callebaut or Valrhona that make delicious hot chocolates. Cocoa contains beta-carotene, calcium, zinc, iron, potassium, chromium and in particular magnesium that can help with bone mineralization, muscle contraction and immune function. When drinking hot chocolate, it’s best to drink out of a large mug or bowl because your senses pick up every aroma coming out from the steaming hot milk – The taste and smell of vanilla bean, cinnamon and cacao nourish your soul and warm the body. Enjoy!
1 cup (250 ml / 8 1/2 oz) milk – your choice of almond or any nut or seed milk, coconut, rice, organic dairy
1 cup (250 ml / 8 1/2 oz) water
1 heaped tablespoon quality cocoa powder or raw cacoa powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 1 teaspoon extract
1 teaspoon honey or a few drops stevia to taste
Combine milk, water, cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla into a small pot.
Pour into serving cups and enjoy.
Sweeten with a little honey or stevia to taste.