Sitting by the fire or rugged up on the couch under a blanket watching your favourite movie, healthy hot chocolate in hand while the temperature continues to drop outside.
This has to be one of my favourite things to do in winter. I always love to have a little something for dessert and this healthy hot chocolate satisfies my cravings every single time.
I have tried a heap of hot chocolate powders, healthy and not so but they either have a weird after taste or they are far too sweet for my liking.
While I have no problem with drinking cows milk I usually opt for a plant based milk when making this hot chocolate to keep it a bit lighter and I think the nuttiness of plant based milks really complements the Cacao and cinnamon.
I used to make it only on milk, but now opt for boiling water to make up nearly half the liquid, again to keep it lighter as well as helping to properly dissolve the cacao and maple syrup before adding in the frothy milk.
Frothy milk is mandatory, but it definitely does take it up that one more notch. I use the CaffItaly Milk frother and it works an absolute dream!
You can make this warm cup of hot chocolate in just a matter of minutes, which has to be my favourite part about this recipe.
When you are craving chocolate after dinner the last thing you want to do is stand around making something (or woofy down the whole block of chocolate). But now you don’t need to! Try it tonight and let me know what you think in the comments below – if you are anything like me, this will satisfy your sweet tooth perfectly!
Healthy Hot Chocolate
Creamy cinnamon hot chocolate with out the crap! Make your own delicious cafe style hot chocolate at home!
Servings 1 person
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tsp maple syrup more if you like it really sweet
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup boiling water
- ½ cup-3/4 cup almond milk
Combine cacao powder, maple syrup and cinnamon and boiling water in a mug and stir to dissolve the cacao powder.
Heat milk frother and then pour over cacao mixture. If you don’t have a frother heat milk a in small saucepan until small bubbles start to form around the edge. Be careful not to boil the milk as it may burn.
If you like this check out my favourite winter warmer dinner recipes – Shepard’s Pie
You can probably tell by my insta stories, but I make this smoothie just about every second day. It is my solution to a banana free salted caramel smoothie – because to me bananas are gross……I can not stand them!
I often have this smoothie at about 2 or 3pm and always find filling keeping me satisfied till dinner!
If you like smoothies as much as me, check out another of my smoothies here.
Salted Caramel Smoothie
- 1/3 cup oats
- 2 medjool dates deseeded
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup almond milk or any other milk
- ½ cup cottage cheese optional
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder optional
- 1 cup ice
Jeeze I love Smoothies.. enough said. This one is even more refreshing than the rest. Especially in this killer QLD heat!
Check out these other smoothies such as the Blueberry Mango Smoothie and the Green Smoothie.
Refreshingly simple, look no further for the perfect summer chiller.
- 1 cup watermelon
- 1 cup ice
- 3 mint leaves
Did someone say frappe… oh wait that was just my inner voice reminding me how much I love these!!
After moving back to QLD in the middle of summer, I was in shock by the heat. I NEVER EVER remember it being this hot, like I was dripping from my face all day every day. IT WAS HOT.
So as much as I love my daily coffee, I couldn’t stomach a hot one, enter the Iced Latte frappe. So much better and more refreshing than an iced latte and sooo much more satisfying!
Iced Latte Frappe
Servings 1 person
- 1 cup ice
- 1 cup coconut or almond milk
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1-2 shots of espresso depending on desired strength
SMOOTHIES!! I love them. Particularly this one as it packed full of veg and seriously tasty.
I used to think green smoothies were overrated. Like I get that they are full of veggies and that is great, BUT I am not about to drink/eat something that doesn’t any good – who has time for that?
But then I took some time to play around with it, add some extra tasty fruits (aka passionfruit) and now this is my absolute favourite!!
Greens smoothies can be boring, but not this one! Packed with tasty ingredients, you will barely even taste the greens!
- 1 cup spinach
- ¼ Lebanese cucumber
- ½ cup frozen pineapple
- ½ cup frozen mango
- 1 passionfruit
- Juice of half a lemon
- 2 tbsp greek yoghurt
- 1 cup water or coconut water
- 1/2 cup ice