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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. 

WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT IT:

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!

+ ingredients & methods +

ingredients (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

method

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

Add a pinch of ground ginger when adding the cinnamon.
Add 1 teaspoon maca powder.

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