On these chilly days, what could be better that snuggling up with a nice mug of steaming healthier hot chocolate. This one is that little bit healthier though, with no refined sugar and a lot of extra nutrients squeezed in.
I have been perfecting this recipe for about a week and its now at the point where it has overtaken my favourite naughty hot chocolate. It’s so awesome when that happens. It just gets us one more step towards better health and disease prevention with no downside. Love it!
In keeping with my mission to show you how turmeric can be thrown into everything (including this healthier hot chocolate!), I have included a couple of pinches in this recipe too. The combination of the spices and superfood roots in this recipe combine to give you a really luxurious flavour with hints of sweet and spice.
This is also my first introduction to Maca in a recipe. Maca is such an amazing root. It is part of the crusiferous family (like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts) but due to its make up it is considered one of the world superfoods. Maca is grown high in the mountains of south america and is ground into power form.
Maca is primarily known for its effect at levelling hormones. It has therefore been found to have a positive effect on people suffering with PMS, menopause and anxiety + depression. It’s other related benefit is on fertility for both men and women. It is believed to restore hormonal balance and support the adrenal and endocrine system along with thyroid hormone production.
People who regularly use maca powder report feeling more energised, positive and driven. So if you think you need a coffee, try this lil pick me up instead!
Enjoy. (Let me know if you love it!)
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup of rice milk
- 2 teaspoons raw cacao
- 1tbs date syrup
- 1/4 tsp maca powder
- 1/8 tsp turmeric (one big pinch)
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon (one big pinch)
- A few drops of vanilla essence
- a pinch of nutmeg
- One can of coconut cream or a can of coconut milk chilled in the fridge.
- In a milk steamer or on the hob add the along and rice milk and warm (do not boil).
- In your favourite mug add all the other ingredients and mix into a paste.
- Once the milk has warmed, add a small amount to the paste and mix in. Keep adding in and mixing as you do until all the milk is in. If your stopping here, throw in a cinnamon stick and it's ready to drink.
- If you would like to top with coconut whipped cream. Spoon out the cream only (not the water) into a chilled bowl and mix with a whisk until light and fluffy then add to the top of your hot chocolate.
- If your coconut whipped cream is not coming together and goes a bit dry and bitty, add some of the coconut water to moisten it up. Be careful not to add too much water or it will go too runny.