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by Lauren Nolan (subscribe)
Published June 24th 2013
You heard right, hot chocolate that's good for you
There are a few things that I can't live without in winter, my nautical themed heat-pack, big fluffy jumpers and best of all - hot chocolate.

The problem with hot chocolate is although it tastes awesome it is usually full of sugar and preservatives (that is when you buy the powder from the supermarket), but there is a way to enjoy a delicious hot chocolate that is actually good for you.

This little recipe was told to me by my cousin who is an encyclopedia for healthy eating so like a lot of the things she likes, I thought perhaps this wouldn't be as yummy as I wanted but it definitely hits the spot. I can't even enjoy normal hot chocolate now.

The reason this hot chocolate is good for you is because the main ingredient is raw cacao. Raw cacao is considered a superfood because it's full of those wonderful antioxidants... anti-ageing antioxidants, mind you.

It's filled with zinc, protein, iron, magnesium and much more. It promotes healthy skin and nails while helping to balance out the adrenalin related chemicals in your brain. It will help keep you focused and actually feeling great because it contains a chemical called the lipid anadanmide.

All these great components are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to raw cacao. There is one downside and that is that it tastes quite bitter. Never fear, the recipe below is for a sweet hot chocolate.

Keep raw cacao in mind when you're baking and making smoothies too.

Raw Cacao (can be bought from nearly all health shops)
Milk of your choice
Cinnamon (optional)


1. Put 250ml of milk in a small saucepan and heat on medium. Allow the milk to heat slowly so it doesn't burn. Don't allow the milk to boil.
2. Once the milk is hot, put in the cacao. I use about a tablespoon of cacao to each cup if milk. You can use more or less depending on how chocolatey you like your milk.
3. Stir the powder in until complete dissolved.
4. Once the powder has completely dissolved into the milk, take it off the heat and pour the milk into a mug
5. Add honey to sweeten as desired. Add a dash of cinnamon to kick it a choc-cinnamon kick.
6. Enjoy

Note: For even more deliciousness whip some natural cream and add a dollop on top of your beverage then sprinkle cacao.

1. Put your mug of milk in the microwave for approx 40 seconds on high. Timing will depend on the microwave's power.
2. Once warmed, take the mug out and put the cacao in and stir until dissolved.
3. Then add honey, cinnamon and the optional whipped cream.
4. Enjoy

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