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Sweet treats

Added 12/05/2014

Hot chocolate is a great treat for those special occasions of celebration. It’s tasty, rich and warming. A lot of people feel it’s too heavy for a regular daily cuppa. Of course the “treat kind of hot chocolate “ is just that, heavy with sugar, milk and other additives that are in some commercial chocolates.

Yet as a herbalist I know of the wonderful medicinal and wellbeing value of cacao. So I thought it could be fun to offer some recipes of the healthiest hot chocolate in town which will also add a spring in your step.

So let’s start with non-diary milk for anyone who prefers this.

My preference would always be the amazing almond milk. This milk was my ally when my children were toddlers I can’t sing its praises enough. There are also lots of other great milks made from grains or nuts. Coconut would be delicious in hot chocolate.

So why almond milk?

It is packed with Calcium, potassium, zinc and selenium. Almond milk is anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and a great tonic food source. (Almonds are one of the foods studied in The Home Herbalist Apprentice Course.)

Cacao nibs

Well these little delights are packed with antioxidants and flavonoids.

There are three spices that come into my thoughts that would enhance homemade hot chocolate.

Vanilla;

This great spice would offer not only the wonderful taste but also enhance the depth of the hot chocolate. Certainly if you didn’t want to use milk of any kind, I would suggest adding vanilla. Vanilla pods are considered to be antimicrobial. At one time they were used as medicine until their value in cooking took president over any other use.

Cinnamon;

This tasty spice is wonderful carminative herb on the digestive system. Herbalist consider it antimicrobial, antispasmodic and anti-diarrhoea. So as you can hear a soothing, easing and welcoming spice for the digestive system.

Cayenne;

Often it is quoted about this Amazing spice that it is the “purest and safest stimulant known “. It has as I am sure you know a natural warmth to it and increases blood flow within the body. The other side of the coin it is also has a carminative effect. Cayenne assists in the oxygenation of the cells of the body creating a general wellbeing effect.

So why not give it a go? Gently melt the cacao nibs on the stove and then add some almond milk, add the spices, vanilla, cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne. Gently let this nectar warm up on the stove.

This wonderful tasty, healthy cuppa is great for drinking round a fire outside in the evening or snuggle up on the sofa and enjoy the delights of the healthiest hot chocolate in town!

We would love to hear of your healthy and tasty hot chocolate recipes, why not post them on Welcome Worlds Facebook page.

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