It’s that time of year again when curling up with a comforting mug of hot chocolate on the sofa or by a fireplace sounds divine. But, before you reach for one of those instant hot-chocolate packets or hot chocolate in a tin, think about making your own homemade delicious treat that also happens to be far healthier.
Most of the hot chocolate packages you buy in a store are loaded with sugar, oils, additives, preservatives and things you likely won’t recognize. In contrast, you can use a handful of simple ingredients at home for a lower-sugar, lower-calorie – and an anti-inflammatory – cup of goodness.
What are some of the benefits to homemade hot chocolate ingredients? Unsweetened almond milk has no added sugars and is also a source of calcium;
Cocoa powder is low in sugar; turmeric is an anti-inflammatory agent;
Cinnamon may help treat muscle spasms and the common cold according to the U.S National Library of Medicine; and dark chocolate, besides satisfying cravings, is a source of antioxidants. What’s not to love here? Pour up a mug after dinner for a before-bedtime relaxing treat or enjoy one mid-afternoon to satisfy hunger cravings.
1 cup of almond milk, unsweetened preferably
1 tbsp. cocoa powder
1 tbsp. maple syrup or honey
½ tsp. vanilla extract (or peppermint!) (Optional)
½ tsp. turmeric powder (optional)
½ tsp. cinnamon (optional)
1 oz. of dark-chocolate, shaved (optional)
Heat up almond milk in a small saucepan over low to medium heat on the stovetop, avoid high heat, it may burn the milk. When milk is warmed, add cacoa powder, syrup, turmeric, vanilla extracts and cinnamon. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Pour into a large mug and top with chocolate shavings if desired for an extra chocolate-ly punch.