The traditional varieties of hot chocolate are usually full of sugar, additives and dairy products. The good news, however, is that it’s actually possible to make a healthier version of the traditional hot chocolate drink. Below you will find our simple recipe for a healthy version of hot chocolate that can be enjoyed both on the ski slope and as a replacement for your cup of afternoon coffee.
In addition to the cocoa bean possessing the characteristic chocolate taste, it also has several health benefits. Cocoa can, for example, have a mood-boosting effect due to the two substances anandamide and phenylethylamine/PEA, and also contains flavonoids, which is a kind of antioxidant. In addition, cocoa minerals contain sulphur, which is needed to build healthy nails, hair and skin, as well as magnesium, which helps us absorb vitamin D and regulates both blood pressure and levels of blood glucose.
4 dl plant-based milk (we prefer unsweetened almond milk for this particular recipe)
1 teaspoon vanilla powder
2 tablespoons raw cacao
1 pinch of iodized salt
2 dates or 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup/honey
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Put all the ingredients in a blender and mix the mixture smoothly. Heat in a saucepan to about the temperature of your finger and then serve. If you use maple syrup or honey instead of dates, you can skip the mixer and instead mix all the ingredients directly in the saucepan.
Tip! For a slightly more luxurious version – add cinnamon and 1-2 squares of dark chocolate that you melt in the saucepan. Yummy!