07 June 2016

Is there anything more heartwarming than a creamy hot chocolate? It’s the perfect antidote to winter and has been so for over two thousand years – yes, that long! Introduced to the Europeans by the Aztecs, hot chocolate was used remedially for organ ailments.

Now it is the most recognised of hot drinks worldwide and it’s pretty fair to say hot chocolate is still responsible for alleviating many a fatigued and bad disposition.

Do a quick search online and you’ll find never-ending hot chocolate variations that can be made to your liking. I like to experiment (even with this simple drink) and rarely settle on one recipe, but of late, this one has been my go-to for an evening of Game Of Thrones on the couch.

Marshmallows may be added if you feel they go hand-in-hand with your hot chocolate but I assure you, this drink is sweet enough with the vanilla extract and the optional addition of maple syrup.

This recipe is a final outcome of the many found in various cookbooks and online – I’m sure you’ll refine it to your tasting too. Enjoy!

Heartwarming Hot Chocolate | Serves 2

2 x generous teaspoons of raw cacao powder
1 x teaspoon of cinnamon powder
1 x teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 x cups of your milk of choice (coconut, almond, goats, cows or rice)
¼ x teaspoon of pure maple syrup (optional)

On a very low heat, combine all the ingredients together in a small saucepan until it starts to slightly boil, making sure to stir occasionally. Take it off the heat and let it sit for thirty seconds before adding the optional maple syrup. Pour into your chosen mug and let your heart be warmed.

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