Keep warm this winter with a homemade hot chocolate!
Author: Kaylee Dunbar Date Posted:15 July 2015
- 1 1/2 cups of milk – milk of your choice - almond, coconut, rice ,organic full cream dairy milk, etc.
- 1 cup (250ml) of water or an additional cup of your choice of milk to make a creamier hot chocolate.
- 2 heaped tablespoons of Raw Cacao Powder.
- ½ teaspoon of ground Cinnamon powder.
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla bean paste.
- 1 tsp of Himalayan rock Salt.
- 1 tsp of a raw honey of your choice, if additional sweetness is desired. (Suggestions include Barnes Naturals Jarrah Active Honey, Barnes Naturals Manuka Active Honey or Clayridge Honey).
Bring 1 ½ cups of milk to a boil in a saucepan. Once milk is boiled add the additional cup of water or milk of your choice followed by the raw cacao powder, cinnamon, vanilla bean paste and Himalayan rock salt. Stir ingredients continuously and let simmer on low to medium heat for approximately 5 minutes. If additional sweetness is desired add the honey of your choice and stir it into the mixture. Pour mixture into two large serving mugs and enjoy your homemade hot chocolate with someone special!
Serving Size: Serves two people.
Australian NaturalCare chooses to sell raw cacao powder because it has a low glycemic index, is vegan friendly and is gluten, dairy and sugar free. Therefore this recipe is diverse and can be made to suit the needs of many individuals by simply choosing the appropriate milk. Both delicious and surprisingly nutritious, cacao is rich in antioxidant properties in particular the flavonoids - catechin and epicatchin.
Cacao beans have shown to contain approximately 10g (10 000 mg) of flavonoids per 100 grams. Research has shown that the same serving size of cacao contains a higher antioxidant content when compared to red wine, green tea or black tea. Chocolate is often given as a Valentine’s Day present because cacao is rich in substances that promote happiness and the feeling of love.