Since I stopped eating refined sugar 10 months ago, there’s one thing I’ve really missed. A warm and comforting hot chocolate. Especially when the weather’s this cold, wet and dark.
I don’t like tea or coffee, and while I drink a lot of hot water with lemon and the occasional herbal tea, there are days when I just want to be warming myself with something a little more indulgent. A hug in a mug, so to speak.
I’ve been experimenting with ideas for a refined sugar-free, dairy-free hot chocolate – and here is my current favourite recipe for a healthy hazelnut hot chocolate.
Now, I’m not saying it’s completely sugar free because dates and maple syrup contain natural sugars. But this drink is a healthier alternative to the usual refined sugar-laden option, and contains quite a few vitamins, minerals, calcium and protein.
The main ingredients are almond milk, hazelnuts and raw cacao powder (you can read about the health benefits of that here). Raw cacao has a more bitter flavour than cocoa powder, so you only need a small amount, and I find I need something to sweeten it too, hence the dates and maple syrup.
You will also need some kind of blender to make this – I whiz mine in my Nutribullet for around a minute, to make sure the nuts are fully ground, otherwise the hot chocolate ends up with an odd pulpy texture. If you don’t have a decent blender, leave out the nuts and date, double the amount of maple syrup used and skip straight to warming the ingredients in a saucepan.
I hope you like it. Do let me know if you give it a go.
3/4 mug of almond milk
2 medjool dates
2 tsp raw cacao powder
1-2 tsp maple syrup, depending on your sweet tooth
1. Put all the ingredients in the Nutribullet cup (or your usual blender) and blend for around a minute, until the mixture is smooth.
2. Pour into a saucepan and simmer on a low heat for around two minutes, or until nicely warmed through.
3. Remove from the heat, pour into your mug…. and enjoy!
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