With the winter chill well and truly settling in over the South West, I’ve started craving warm comfort foods. Foods that not only fill and warm, but foods that hold memory in their aromas. I grew up drinking hot chocolate in winter, that warm creamy taste always takes me back to my own childhood, huddled around the kitchen bench on a cold morning shoulder to shoulder with my brothers and sisters.
I love a good cup of hot chocolate but since I’ve become a mama I’m much more concious about the food I put into my own body than I ever was before. I love spices and I love the idea of a healthy alternative to some of my childhood favourites. That’s what this recipe is, a nutritiously spiced, hot chocolate. Inspired by the beautiful Sarah of My New Roots and her theory that if we all made one change in the way that we approach food every day, soon enough our lives will be transformed. This is a slightly adjusted version of Sarah’s Superfood Haute Chocolate, and it’s delicious! If you haven’t checked out My New Roots, where have you been?! Go pay her a visit, she’s pretty delightful!
Spiced Hot Chocolate Recipe
2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
2 tsp. maca powder (optional)
1-2 Tbsp. honey (or alternative sweetner agave, maple syrup, raw sugar, coconut sugar… to taste)
1 tsp. cinnamon powder
pinch sea salt
pinch ginger powder
pinch cayenne pepper
1 ½ cups milk of your choice or water
Warm milk in a saucepan on the stove and whisk in dry ingredients. Serve warm with a cinnamon stick. Yummm…..
This beautiful drink has lots of healing properties. It is free of artificial sweetners, preservatives and chemicals and the combination of spices is delicious and excellent for your body. To read about the incredible properties of the superfoods that are included in this special winter warmer, check out Sarah’s clear descriptions on her blog.
Bo loves this special winter treat, and I like the kick of the cayenne… it’s an excellent twist on an old childhood favourite that is a beautiful addition to our winter rhythm.
Do you have a favourite winter warmer?
Thanks to my beautiful friend Lisa for coming over to test out the drink and let me take a few snaps of her while we were at it. She’s a sanity saver. We’re very lucky to have her just around the corner…