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 a healthy home consultant, author and keynote speaker on a mission to empower 1 million people to takes steps towards a healthier home. Zara learned about the link between our homes and our health after going through two different types of cancer. Zara is passionate about shining the spotlight on what she believes to be the least understood health challenges of our time, and sharing the things she wishes she had known, that could have prevented the illnesses she has been through. Recognised as one of Australia’s leading health influencers, Zara was a finalist in the 2014 Bupa Health Influencer of the Year Awards. She has appeared on TEN News, Today Show and The Project, been featured in the Herald Sun, I Quit Sugar, and contributed Medibank’s Be. Magazine and Fairfax health online publications. Zara contributed to the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s first comprehensive report on breast cancer in young women in Australia.

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