The Maca Hot Chocolate
By Amy Crawford
If a hot water bottle was a drink it'd have to be a hot chocolate don't you reckon? Comforting, nourishing, cosy, delicious, warming.. I dare say that's enough adjectives for one sentence, but it's fitting don't you think?
So then, take one home made hot chocolate and combine that with the nourishing and energy boosting benefits of maca and you've got a winter warming drink that will not only tick all the deliciousness boxes but it'll work wonders for your health at the same time.
Today's recipe is fresh from the 'a sip and a slurp' section of my morning inspired whole foods recipe eBook A Nourishing Morning (where you'll find 74 other recipes for drinks, healthy snacks, brunches and breakfasts).
Oh and a word of warning, it's quite rich (just as I like it), so feel free to add a little hot water to the concoction at the end if you need.
1 ½ cups almond or sesame milk
½ cup coconut milk, canned or fresh
3 tablespoons cacao powder*
1 tablespoon maca powder
1 teaspoon rice malt syrup (or sweetener of choice)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla powder (or essence)
Pinch sea salt Cacao nibs to garnish
Place all ingredients except for the cacao nibs into a small saucepan over medium heat. Gradually heat the liquid to a gentle simmer for a couple of minutes. Do not allow the liquid to boil.
Remove from heat and pour into two mugs. Garnish generously with cacao nibs.
Once you've overdosed on this hot chocolate (which of course you won't, because we are all about moderation, aren't we?), you had better move onto my Golden Turmeric Milk, if not already. It's a winner grinner.
I'm keen to know from you - what other flavours sit well in a hot chocolate? I was thinking a drop of peppermint essential oil might be rather delicious? Or wild orange? I'd love to hear your thoughts.