I don’t know about you guys but I am always find myself craving something sweet after my dinner, no matter how much I manage to eat. Many of us count that extra one cup of hot chocolate at night as ‘nothing’ or ‘it’s not food so it won’t affect my calorie intake for the day’ not that I count calories, but the amount of sugar present in a store bought hot chocolate sachet will blow your mind. Not only is it just a cup full of sugar which is terrible for your health, it will cause you to wake up sluggish and reduce your energy levels the next day and the day after that.
I am not saying it is bad to have sweet cravings, Its fine to crave sweet things, its normal, we all do it! It is just about being smart with how we fulfil these cravings. I don’t know about you guys, but I would much rather drink a healthy alternative to a sugary hot chocolate- which to be honest may not taste as good at first, but will fulfil my sweet cravings AND knowing it is full of antioxidants, healthy fats and good for my body will simply make it taste even better in my mind.
The main chocolate ingredient is of course cacao, known for its powerful antioxidant component along with rice malt syrup, coconut oil, hot water and almond milk (or coconut milk).
· 1 tbl organic cacao powder
· 1 tsp rice malt (adjust to your preferred sweetness)
· 1 tsp coconut oil
· Hot water
· Almond milk (or coconut milk)
Add the cacao and rice malt with 2 tbl spoons of hot water at first and mix into a paste to get rid of any lumps. Then fill ¾ full with hot water, add the coconut oil and almond milk (or coconut milk) and drink when the temperature is right.