Saturday, 14 December 2013

Healthful Hot Chocolate for a Beautifying Winter Treat (recipe)

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I know what you’re thinking, I really do. Healthy hot chocolate, though, is possible. It is something Cameron and I first discovered when browsing Selfridges. We’d just been to the Artesan du Chocolat counter, overdosed on luxuries such as their truly wonderful Carnation & Orange Milk Bar, and managed, somehow, to avoid the temptation of their Salted Caramel Drinking Chocolate Flakes. All very lovely, but far from healthy.

In the food hall, though, it was time for a detox. And it was there we discovered CHOCOCRU Extraordinary Antioxidant Cocoa, which is reduced fat, non-alkalised, low carbohydrate, and extremely high in anti-oxidants. A 5mg serving contains a massive 415 mg of flavanols. And it is this which forms the basis of this recipe. 

Chococru is available online, and from specialist retailers. In truth, you could use just about any cocoa, though if you want to retain the health benefits you’d be better off going for the reduced-fat, non-alkalised alternatives. 

Healthful Spiced Hot Chocolate

Sometimes a traditional hot chocolate is required, and this recipe is it. I don’t put sugar in, especially if I’m on a health kick, but sometimes, when I’m in the mood, it’s nice to add. 

Ingredients

1 teaspoon cocoa powder 
200 ml milk 
Vanilla essence, to taste
Cinnamon 
Nutmeg, freshly grated 

Utensils

Saucepan
Whisk

Method

  1. Heat the milk, vanilla essence and cinnamon in a saucepan until it begins to boil. 
  2. Remove the saucepan from the hob and add the cocoa powder, stirring until smooth. 
  3. Whisk until frothy. 
  4. Dust with nutmeg and serve. 


Try 
…more exotic ingredients like cardamom, if you feel like experimenting! 

Healthful Date and Plum Hot Chocolate

With this recipe, I wanted to build upon the sensational comforting effect of hot chocolate and mix in some unusual, yet familiar, flavours. I make this with the CHOCOCRU chocolate as well, so it’s healthy, high in antioxidants, and delightfully rich and comforting. 

Ingredients 

1 teaspoon cocoa powder 
200 ml milk 
1 pitted plum 
2 pitted dates 
Vanilla essence, to taste

Utensils

Blender
Saucepan
Knife
Spoon 

Method 

  1. If your dates and plums aren’t pitted already, start by doing that now. 
  2. Put the milk, dates, plums and cocoa powder into the blender and blend until very, very smooth. 
  3. Pour the mix into a saucepan and gently heat until of the desired consistency. 
  4. Do it all over again for a second cup, when you’ve realised how moreish it really is.

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