Dear, it’s cold outside, and a steaming mug of rich, sweet hot chocolate is everyone’s favourite warm winter drink!
But why should you be feeling guilt with just a single, hot chocolate, when there is a healthy spiced hot chocolate with so many wonderful, sweet and delicious spices combinations?
We’ve rounded up our absolute favourite homemade hot chocolate recipe here. Defrost by making this healthy hot drinks, and enjoy the deliciousness guilt-free
By making smart ingredient choices (like swapping in almond milk for saturated-fat-filled milk). Use almond milk if you’d like to make your healthy hot chocolate vegan, as low calorie as possible, and dairy-free. The richer the milk you choose, however, the richer the hot chocolate. we keep our recipe below 200 calories per serving. All without sacrificing hot chocolate flavours you’ve come to know and love. That means you get to have your cake and eat it, too!
If you are a chocolate lover, this was made for you!
• 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
• 6-8 oz unsweetened almond or skimmed milk
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 pinch cinnamon
• 1 pinch ground nutmeg, or freshly grated
• 1 pinch cayenne pepper (if you want a kick)
• 1/4 cup coconut milk (if you want to thicken)
• A dribble of honey
• Put all ingredients in a blender and blend for 1 minute.
• Transfer to a pan on stovetop and heat on low heat until the desired temperature is reached.
CAN YOU STORE LEFTOVER HOT CHOCOLATE?
Absolutely! Just let it cool first to room temperature, and store in an airtight container for up to 2-3 days in the fridge. To reheat, just stir and warm in the microwave.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COCOA POWDER AND CACAO POWDER?
Cacao powder is considered “raw” because the beans are fermented, and then processed at low temperatures and then milled into a powder. It’s got a much more bitter flavour than cocoa powder, but it does have a higher amount of minerals and nutrients due to it being less processed.
Cocoa powder is created when the beans are fermented and then processed at a much higher temperature / roasted. This gives the cocoa powder a milder, sweeter flavour (and less acidic in taste). The tradeoff is that it may have less of the natural nutrients of the cacao bean due to the additional heating. But it’s still much much healthier than using whole chocolate to make hot chocolate!
WHAT TO SERVE WITH THIS HEALTHY SPICED HOT CHOCOLATE
There are so many options for mix-ins for hot chocolate and this recipe is no exception! You could go the traditional route and add homemade whipped cream, dark chocolate chips, or mini marshmallows as toppings. Other fun mix-ins include:
• Peanut Butter or Caramel. If you’re going this route, I’d remove the other spices from the recipe and keep the cinnamon and vanilla only!
• Jaggery Powder or stevia sugar instead of Honey
• 2-3 drops of peppermint oil and a pinch of salt (if you go this route, omit the other spices from the recipe except for the vanilla)
• Dried ginger powder — a great addition if you want your hot chocolate to have a little bit of a kick
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