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!

Serves 2

1 1/2  cups milk – your choice of almond, coconut, or organic brown rice milk
1 cup (250 ml ) water
1 tablespoon macadamia butter (optional)
1 heaped tablespoon Healthy Chef Naked Chocolat
pinch of ground cinnamon powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1 teaspoon raw honey (optional)
pinch sea salt

Combine milk, water, cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla into a small pot.
Heat gently.
Whisk in the macadamia nut butter if using at this stage.
Pour into 2 serving mugs and enjoy.
Sweeten with a little honey or stevia to taste if you like.

 Notes and inspiration:
Add a pinch of ground ginger when adding the cinnamon.
Add 1 teaspoon maca powder

 

 


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29 Responses to “Healthy Hot Chocolate”
  1. Caryn says:

    Sounds lovely – might add a dash of chilli to it as well:-)

    • allison says:

      yum – love chilli chocolate!

    • Michelle says:

      Hi Teresa
      I absolutley love your web page, I now put my laptop on my kitchen bench and cook from your pages.
      Was wondering about the hot chocolate – where is best to purchase these special cocoa’s ?
      I am in South Melbourne area.
      Callebaut or Valrhona
      thanks
      Michelle :)

      • Hey Michelle – here in Sydney I get my chocolate / cocoa powder from the chef’s ware house, Simon Johnson or a good health food store…..most health food stores sell good quality cacao powder. :)

  2. Kylie says:

    Thanks for this recipe, can’t wait to try it.

    Is rice milk ok to use?

    Thx
    K

  3. Alexandra says:

    I make our hot chocolate similar way but instead of milk, I put 1 tbsp cashew spread in the mixture to each portion. While I heat it up, cashew nut spread makes the liquid ticker and creamy. It’s really yummy.
    Yesterday I put a few drops of peppermint essence into our hot chocolate and my family loved it :)

  4. Nicky Smith says:

    Could you use raw cacao powder instead of cocoa?

  5. Ruthie says:

    Sounds lovely. Can you buy sugar free vanilla bean paste or do you just scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean?

  6. Lauren says:

    Will vanilla extract work ok instead of bean paste?

  7. Sarah says:

    Thank you SO much for this recipe. Its exactly what I’ve been looking for to curb those after-dinner chocolate cravings on cold nights!

  8. Mel says:

    Nicky .. it says in the recipe that yes you can use raw cocoa powder (Yummo)
    Ruthie you can actually buy vanilla bean paste.. it beats buying pods :)

  9. Jessica says:

    This is fantastic! I’m loving all of your recipes Teresa! xxx

  10. Lyfina says:

    Teresa your winter recipes are wonderful it makes the colder months feel like something to look forward too. Thank you. This recipe is okay to store in the fridge for a couple of days correct?

  11. Yep you sure can Lyfina ! :)

  12. Cristina says:

    Is there a method for making this or pop it all in together?

  13. Sandra says:

    Hi Teresa,

    When I tried this recipe some of the raw cacao powder did not dissolve In the saucepan.

    What can I do to make sure the cocoa dissolves?

    Cheers Sandra

  14. Leah says:

    Teresa this is so delicious! Why would you want any other hot chocolate! Thank you xx

  15. Nikki says:

    I’m a total choc-o-holic and this was delicious! I’ll be making this a regular for sure.

  16. Laura says:

    Hi Teresa
    After reading your chocolate cake recipe article in Women’s Fitness magazine I checked out your website, hot chocolate is my comfort drink so I’m glad I found this healthier version. I made it last night and it’s worth the extra few seconds to make it and it tasted delicious and not artificial like packet brands.
    Thanks so much! I will be making your other recipes for sure.
    Laura x

  17. Karla says:

    Oh yum! Just made this for the first time and really enjoyed it! Thanks Theresa!!

  18. Helen Humphreys says:

    Thanks so much Teresea for this recipe. It’s the best hot chocolate recipe I have ever come across. Yummy!!!!!!

  19. IraBracel says:

    wonderful recipe!! I just made it yesterday and really enjoyed the taste!

  20. Michelle says:

    I’m an Aussie now living in Holland and now that winter is approaching I have to tell you how much I enjoy this as a treat! Not only warms the body but the soul as well! Thank you !!

  21. Tammy says:

    Just commenced whole food challenge this week, & what a beautiful find your hot choco is. Using raw food cacao for the first time, thank you what a treat without the guilt, loving your work Theresa!!!!

  22. Bib Popper says:

    YUM YUM YUMMYYYYY … And how about taking it out on the snow with your friends … ahhh love winter

  23. Beth says:

    I am drinking this right now and it’s really tasty, perfect for cold nights :)

  24. Terri says:

    Hi Teresa. Is your naked chocolate raw? Thanks. Terri.

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