Hot chocolate is a warming delicious drink to have on chilly evenings or cold days. Store bought and commercial brand hot chocolate is typically highly processed and full of sugar and other questionable ingredients. The following recipe uses ingredients that pack a healthy punch of chocolate delight for adults and children alike.
Yum! One delicious cup of hot chocolate - own image
Method: Heat the unsweetened vanilla almond milk in a saucepan to just under boiling. Remove from heat, add the rest of the ingredients, and whisk until smooth.
Pour or ladle into cups and enjoy! This recipe tastes like drinking melted dark chocolate. Yum.
Unsweetened vanilla almond milk is a good source of calcium and does not have the added sugar found in the sweetened variety. Honey adds antiviral and antibiotic properties. Organic raw cocoa powder is a good source of fibre, iron, and magnesium, as well as antioxidants. Cinnamon has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. With so many health benefits, who can turn down a delicious cup of hot chocolate?
Be sure to look for "true" cinnamon (Ceylon) rather than the cassia variety that is typically the cheaper variety found in grocery stores - image courtesy morguefile
Tip #1: If you cannot find the vanilla variety of almond milk, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to regular unsweetened almond milk. You can also replace the store bought vanilla almond milk with homemade almond milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Tip #2: Local raw honey is considered the most nutritious honey.
Tip #3: Be sure to buy healthier cinnamon (Ceylon) rather than the cassia variety that is typically the cheaper variety found in grocery stores.
Local raw honey is considered the most nutritious honey, look for it at your farmer's market - image courtesy morguefile