This yummie cocoa drink is the perfect winter warmer. It couldn’t be simpler, the whole family can enjoy it and it’s a super health drink to boot.
Researchers at Cornell University in the US have recently found that a cup of hot cocoa contains a whole lot of antioxidants and flavanols. Cocoa is also high in Magnesium, which can prevent cardiovascular problems, promote healthy blood vessels, relieve PMS symptoms in girls and women, relax muscles and regulate blood sugar levels. Throughout the Middle Ages cocoa was prescribed to help with everything from improving digestion to producing more breast milk.
Read more about cocoa as a super food here.
You may think that small children will find raw, unsweetened cocoa too bitter, but in our experience they love it so long as you add a little milk – dairy, soy, oat or almond milk all work well. Remember that small children who have never tasted sweet cocoa are not accustomed to sweet drinks the way we adults tend to be, so it’s a great way to set them on the road to loving the darker, healthier versions of chocolate products.
A personal favorite of ours is Valrhona cocoa powder – but any unflavoured, unsweetened dark cocoa powder you can find will do the job!
Note: Always make sure to test the temperature of your hot chocolate before serving it to children! Add more milk if required to cool the drink, or extra hot water to warm up further.
100 ml (1/3 c) water
1 tsp organic cocoa powder
100 ml (1/4 c) milk (cow’s, goat’s, soy, oat or almond milk)
1/2 tsp maple syrup *optional for children over the age of 2*
A pinch of cinnamon powder *optional*
1. Heat up water.
2. Add milk and cocoa powder in a mug and stir well.
3. Add boiling water and continue to stir until cocoa has dissolved.
4. Add maple syrup (if using) and stir well.
5. Sprinkle with cinnamon powder (if using) and serve.
Preparation: 2 mins | Cooking time: – | Servings: 1