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 1/2 cups milk – your choice of almond, coconut, or organic whole dairy milk
1 cup (250 ml / 8 1/2 oz) water or another cup of almond or coconut milk for a creamier hot chocolate
1 heaped tablespoon organic cacao powder or Healthy Chef Naked Chocolat
pinch of ground cinnamon powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 1 teaspoon extract or pods from fresh vanilla bean
1 teaspoon raw honey
pinch sea salt
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.
Notes and inspiration:
Add a pinch of ground ginger when adding the cinnamon.
Add 1 teaspoon maca powder
Add 1 teaspoon ground roasted carob powder