Healthy Hot Chocolate
Craving for something warm, sweet and nourishing?
There is no doubt that pure raw cocoa is super healthy. Cocoa contains beta-carotene, calcium, zinc, iron, potassium, chromium and in particular magnesium and many consider it a super- food.
Hot Chocolate has ever since been one of the favorite drinks. Unfortunately, the pre-made chocolate drinks you can buy in supermarkets are packed with sugar and contain super unhealthy homogenized/ pasteurized milk along with quite a few dangerous additives. Read more about Homogenized Milk Dangers.
And I know well how hard it is to say NO when your little one takes and says: – Mom, can I have one, please?
Plus I often crave one too 🙂
Well here is a healthy alternative, takes 5 minutes to make it and both you and your kids will love it!
- 1 ½ cup of organic non-homogenized cow’s or goat’s milk, preferably raw (if raw option is not available then you can use slightly pasteurized). Unsweetened coconut or almond milk is also an option.
- 1 tablespoon or raw cocoa or chocolate
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean or cinnamon powder
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 teaspoon of pure raw honey or pure stevia
- Warm up a little coconut oil and cocoa/chocolate (make sure not to overheat it)
- Add slowly milk, vanilla/cinnamon, salt
- Optionally use the mixer or blender to homogenize the mixture
- Add honey or stevia
Mmmm – enjoy.
Looking for an original idea for Christmas gift? How about making some scented lotion bars?
Lotion bar is very similar to body lotion. The difference is that the bars are solid at room temperature and look like bars of soap. When rubbed on the skin, the lotion bar will melt leaving a thin, nicely moisturizing layer.
They are big hit all over the net because it is relatively easy to make them and they have long shelf life.
You can make them in all kind of variations and using different combination of oils and essential oils, here is one of my favorite recipes. Whenever possible use the organic ingredients.
In case you would rather buy them here is the link where to buy Vanilla & Cocoa Lotion Bars.
- 30g raw organic shea butter
- 30g cold pressed organic extra virgin coconut oil
- 25g of natural unrefined yellow beeswax
- Two pinches of vanilla/cinnamon powder
- 1 TBS of naturally infused vanilla almond oil
- 5 drops of vitamin E
In double boiler melt the shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax. When melted, cool a little and add the rest of the ingredients. Pour in the mold and put in the fridge until they become solid.
I like to make them in different sizes and small so I use one piece in its entirety rather than reusing it few times, although many people do that.
Shelf life is up to a year when stored properly. Avoid touching the bars with wet fingers. They should be stored at the temperature below 24, otherwise they will melt. In this case you will need to put them again in the mold and refrigerate.