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Healthy Hot Chocolate:  Winter Warmer Drink

Healthy Hot Chocolate: Winter Warmer Drink

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. 

Healthy Hot Chocolate

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. 

Healthy Hot Chocolate

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!

Healthy Hot Chocolate

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!
Course Drinks
Keyword Chocolate, dairyfree, Drink, drinks, hot chocolate, winter, winterdrinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 person

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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

 

 

Thai Spritzer

Thai Spritzer

 

 

Thai Cointreau Spritz

Sit back and relax (and dream of thailand) with this delicious cocktail in hand!
Course Drinks
Keyword alcohol, cocktail, Thai, Thailand
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 people

Ingredients

  • 100 mL Cointreau
  • 2 passionfruit’s
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 stick lemon grass
  • 250 mL Soda Water
  • 1 cup ice
  • Chili to garnish

Instructions

  • Combine the Cointreau, passion fruit, lime juice, lemon grass and ice in a cocktail mixer and shake vigorously for 1-2min. Pour the cocktail between two glasses and then top with soda water and garnish with chilli and more lemongrass

 

Salted Caramel Smoothie

Salted Caramel Smoothie

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

Course Drinks, Snack
Keyword Caramel, Dates, Green Smoothie
Prep Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into a blender and blend on high for 2-3 minutes until smooth.

Minty Watermelon Crush

Minty Watermelon Crush

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.

Watermelon Frappe

Refreshingly simple, look no further for the perfect summer chiller.
Course Drinks
Keyword Crush, Frappe, Watermelon
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup watermelon
  • 1 cup ice
  • 3 mint leaves

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 1min until it all comes together in a thick frappe. Pour into a glass and sip the heat away!

Iced Latte Frappe

Iced Latte Frappe

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

Course Drinks
Keyword Coffee, Frappe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 person

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1-2 shots of espresso depending on desired strength

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 1min

Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

 

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!!

Green Smoothie

Greens smoothies can be boring, but not this one! Packed with tasty ingredients, you will barely even taste the greens!
Course Breakfast, Drinks
Keyword Drink, Green Smoothie, Smoothie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into a blender and blend on high for 1-2min until smooth