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A Healthy Hot Chocolate

I’ve been dabbling with giving up coffee for a while now, close to 2 years to be exact.  While my reasons are health related and also a bit intuitive – I just feel like I should move on to a better beverage.

After 2 years of parading the idea around, threatening my friends and not to mention work colleagues. Weekly I’d be coming up with a reason for quitting, then when I failed, back it up with a sorry excuse about how good that particular café was, I just had to try it. Right?  No. That’s an addiction!

So I have arrived at the decision to stick with this ‘no coffee’ thing for good. But what will I drink instead? I’ve settled with the fact that to ease me into this whole process, I will need to substitute for another delicious drink.  As the summer months roll away, it’s that time of year when a cup of hot chocolate is sometimes the only answer and can be a great alternative to a coffee fix. Slowly heating the milk on a pot over the stove. Adding the ingredients and slowly stirring them in one by one. Each ingredient giving off their unique delicious smell. It makes that feeling of winter approaching, coziness and hanging out at home that much more loving.

While this recipe isn’t your average ‘milo’ or ‘nesquick’, I can guarantee you will implement this into your winter ritual and maybe it will help you kick those caffeine beans too.

A Healthy Hot Chocolate

Makes: 1 cup
Prep time: 1 minute
Cooking time: 3 minutes
Serve with: a smile
LLL tip: I make this in the morning before work. I pour into a glass jar and take with me to sip slowly on the train.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons cacao
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon nut butter – I use Almond, Brazil and Cashew butter


Directions

  1. Take your pot and place on stove over medium heat
  2. Pour your milk in and leave for 1 minute to heat through
  3. Add your cacao, vanilla powder, cinnamon and nut butter – stirring constantly to mix ingredients through
  4. Bring the mix to a nice heat, be sure not to let it boil
  5. Take off heat and pour into mug. Or if you’re travelling to work into a glass jar


What’s your love hate relationship with coffee? Have you given it up and what steps did you take?  Or are you still on the ‘I love coffee bandwagon’?

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