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.
Health benefits of the different ingredients
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.
A healthy and anti-inflammatory hot chocolate
- 4 dl plant-based milk (we prefer unsweetened almond milk for this particular recipe)
- 1 tsp vanilla powder
- 2 tbsp raw cacao
- 1 pinch iodized salt
- 2 dates or 1-2tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp 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 honey instead of dates, you can skip the mixer and instead mix all the ingredients directly in the saucepan.
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