Hot chocolate

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If you didn’t think there was such thing as a healthy hot chocolate,  you’d better think again!

The superstar in this recipe is the raw cacao, which is made by cold-pressing un-roasted cocoa beans and it’s full of all sorts of good things that cocoa powder doesn’t have, because the enzymes have been zapped.  Raw cacao is one of the richest sources of antioxidants there is and it contains magnesium and other essential minerals including calcium, zinc, iron, potassium, B and E vitamins, and an essential heart-healthy fat called oleic acid. It’s also a good source of protein and fibre.

You may be surprised to see that I haven’t used sweetener in this recipe – the coconut milk I use provides enough sweetness.  I am a little bit addicted to cinnamon as much for it’s taste as it’s anti-inflammatory properties, it makes a wonderful warming addition to this nourishing drink.

You will need:
400ml coconut milk (I use Ayam or Coco Quench) or any other plant based milk.
1 tablespoon raw cacao  (I use Loving Earth)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Coconut flakes (optional)

What to do:

1. Heat all the ingredients in a saucepan over a low heat, stirring to combine until hot enough to warm your tum tum but not so hot you burn your taste buds.

2. Sprinkle with some coconut flakes if your little heart desires, pour into a mug, sip and enjoy… yep, it really is that simple!

 

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Zara is founder and editor of Oh My Goodness. A certified holistic health coach, National Breast Cancer Foundation speaker and Bupa health influencer award finalist, Zara is passionate about making it as easy and fun for people to lead a healthy lifestyle. She’s appeared on The Project and Today Show; her recipes have been featured on I Quit Sugar, Sport Luxe, and Show and Tell Online; and she’s a regular contributor to Medibank’s Be. Magazine and Fairfax health online.

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