Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipe

Now then.  This is a bit special.  By no means is this the kind of hot chocolate that you smother with squirty cream and marshmallows – this is not for wee little children or people who think that white chocolate is chocolate (it’s not mate).

This a decadent, rich, grown up hot chocolate.  It’s also good for you but that’s by the by when you sit down and treat yourself to a big cup of goodness.

Made with raw cacao and fresh lavender, there’s something almost ceremonial about the flavour.  And it’s so easy to make.

Some of the ingredients may sound a bit strange but all are available from most supermarkets or health food shops.

You will need

1 table spoon raw cacao powder

1 table spoon coconut sugar

1 teaspoon maple syrup

1 cup almond milk

Few drops vanilla extract

2 heads of fresh lavender

Method

  • Apart from the lavender, combine all.the ingredients in a pan.
  • Remove the flowers from one of the lavender heads and add to the mixture.
  • Heat gently, stirring so that the ingredients combine.
  • Once piping hot, taste to see if more sweetness is needed.  The coconut sugar doesn’t sweeten very much, more it adds a burnt caramel flavour.  So add more maple syrup to taste if required.
  • Blend or use a milk frother.
  • Heat again if needed.
  • Pour into a cup and garnish with lavender.

Far removed from the synthetic hot chocolate powders we all know and love, raw cacao powder is actually a superfood.  It contains magnesium which contributes to healthy psychological function and copper which boosts the immune system and metabolism.

So a sit down with a cup of hot chocolate is good for you 😘

Love Rachel ❤️