Delicious Healthy Hot Drinks

The following recipes serve 2 people.

 

Healthy Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is a winter staple for many of us, but it usually contains a lot of sugar.

Here’s a delicious version you can make which uses unsweetened ingredients and maple syrup as a healthier alternative to sugar!

 

You need:

2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or any other milk/milk alternative)

5 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder 

1 tbsp maple syrup

Pinch of salt

2 tbsp chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips

½ tsp pure vanilla extract

 

Method:

Heat the milk in a saucepan until it simmers. Whisk in cocoa powder, maple syrup, and salt until smooth. Add the chocolate and vanilla extract. Keep whisking it over the heat until it’s combined and smooth. 

 

Masala Chai

Masala chai simply means spiced tea, and is a traditional Indian drink which has many healthy benefits, including keeping winter colds at bay!

You need:

2 cups water

2 black teabags 

1 tsp freshly crushed/grated ginger

3 tsp sugar, or to taste (or you can use stevia, honey or another substitute if you prefer)

4 green cardamom pods

2 cloves

¾ inch cinnamon stick 

¾ cup milk (can also use a milk alternative)

 

Method:

Put the water and teabags into a pan on the stove, on medium heat, and bring to the boil.

Meanwhile crush the cloves, cardamom and cinnamon with a hand pestle or in a spice blender (I use my magic bullet with the flat blade).

Add the spice mix and the ginger to the boiling water. Boil for 2 mins on a low to medium heat. Pour in the milk and bring it to the boil. Simmer for about 5 mins until it darkens and turns thicker.

I would recommend adding a little sugar or sweetener, and then tasting to see if you need more, as you don’t want it too sweet. Strain the mixture into serving cups. 

 

Gingerbread Latte

There are certain flavours that just give cosy vibes and are perfect for this time of year, and one of those flavours is gingerbread – more specifically, a delicious gingerbread latte. Of course, when you order these drinks from Starbucks or other coffee shops, they are packed with sugar and far from healthy! But fortunately, they’re not too difficult to make at home! 

You need:

2 cups almond milk (or other milk of choice)

2-4 shots espresso (depends how strong you like it)

½ tsp ginger powder

½ tsp cinnamon powder

½ tsp nutmeg powder

½ tsp allspice powder (optional) 

1.5 tbsp granulated sweetener of choice, or 1 tsp honey/maple syrup

½ tsp molasses/black treacle (optional) 

Whipped cream (optional) 

 

Method:

Add all ingredients except for the whipped cream to a saucepan, and bring to a simmer. Change to low heat and keep stirring for about 2 minutes. Whisk vigorously or use a milk frother until it’s foamy. Pour into cups and top with whipped cream if desired. 

 

Turmeric Latte 

Turmeric has many health benefits, including being great for the immune system – exactly what we need at this time of year! Turmeric latte is a delicious and healthy winter warmer.

You need:

2 cups almond milk (or other milk of your choice)

1 tsp turmeric powder

¼ tsp cinnamon powder

¼ tsp ginger powder

½ tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp maple syrup (can also use honey, agave nectar or other sweetener) 

1 grind black pepper (optional)

 

Method:

Put all ingredients in a saucepan and whisk over a gentle heat (can also use a milk frother). Keep whisking until the mixture is hot and a little foamy. 

Pour into mugs and sprinkle with cinnamon to serve.