When the weather takes a cold turn, or it is grey and raining outside there is nothing better then snuggling up under a big blanket and sipping of a hot chocolate.... ok well there is one thing better, sipping on a SPICY hot chocolate.

I created this recipe for Mura Boutique's Blog last winter and I thought it was about time I share it on my blog because I still make it every time there is rain in sight! Not only does it boast a rich creamy chocolatey flavour it is filled with nourishing spices that boost its healing (and heating) power.

2 cups coconut milk*
1/3 cup cacao
1 star anise
1 stick cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cardamom
ΒΌ tsp. cayenne pepper
Pinch sea salt
1/3 cup maple syrup
ΒΌ cup espresso coffee (optional)

Method!

In a small saucepan whisk the cacao into the milk. Turn heat on low, and continue to whisk. When no lumps remain, whisk in the maple syrup and remaining spices (star anise, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, cardamom, cayenne pepper, salt). Bring the milk mixture up to the boil and then allow to simmer for 5 mins to let all the spices infuse into the milk. For an extra boost add in 2 shots of espresso coffee, or omit for a warming post dinner hot chocolate! Whisk the mixture for 2mins to aerate. Finally pour into two mugs, dust with cacao and enjoy. 

* Coconut milk is rich in health fats so provides a delicious creamy texture, but any milk can be substituted here.