I make a few healthy warm drinks during the fall and winter months. This is hands down my favorite. At the end of a long day, I curl up with a nice blanket, a large mug and sip on this rich, nutritious drink. I have tried this recipe many different ways over the years using goat milk and soymilk. I decided that unsweetened almond milk has the taste and creamy texture I was looking for. I add a bit of grated cinnamon to increase the nutritional value. Cinnamon is a powerful anti-microbial and in studies has proven to help stop the growth of bacteria and fungi, including the problematic fungus yeast, or Candida. Another beneficial property of cinnamon is as a blood sugar regulator. Cinnamon added to a high carb meal proves to help keep blood sugar levels even. I use cinnamon in oatmeal, quinoa and pancakes for breakfast, as well as on sweet potatoes and roasted pumpkin. Start trying it in some of your favorite carbohydrate meals and enjoy the benefits of this yummy, warming, nutritious spice.
Healthy Hot Chocolate
1 1/2 cups unsweetened original almond milk
1 TBSP raw cacao
1 TBSP raw local honey
grated cinnamon – as much as you like
In a small sauce pan, heat all the ingredients except the cinnamon. After removing from heat, grate the cinnamon into the drink. This recipe makes enough for 2 medium cups of hot chocolate. Feel free to add brewed coffee for an extra “kick”.