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Recipe: Hot chocolate with whipped cream

It is the perfect weather for a cup of hot chocolate. Not the instant, dairy, sugary kind, but the home-made vegan kind made with raw cacao powder; which is also much healthier.

Is cacao powder vegan? This is a question I often get asked. Luckily, raw cacao powder is entirely vegan and it gives your health a real boost. In its pure form, cacao has many health benefits and is good for your heart, as it lowers your blood pressure, and has beneficial effects on the brain1, 2, 3. I love adding cacao powder to my smoothie or yoghurt in the morning but I also love to make hot chocolate with it. The smell alone is heavenly. To give it a little kick, I like to add some whipped cream which I make using canned coconut milk. It works best if you put the can in the fridge for a few hours (or overnight) so it becomes nice and solid. All you need to do is whisk it with a hand mixer until it resembles whipped cream. You can add a (small!) splash of water if it’s too solid but be careful – adding too much will make the mixture too thin. Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of coconut milk, this hot chocolate is already delicious on its own! I love hot chocolate on a cold, Monday afternoon or a lazy Sunday. It’s a great winter drink but you can also serve it cold in the summer. Enjoy!

hot chocolate using cocoa powder

hot chocolate using cocoa powder

hot chocolate using cocoa powder

hot chocolate using cocoa powder

Emmelyn x

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Recipe: Hot chocolate with whipped cream
Vegan hot chocolate!
Course Drinks
Cuisine Vegan
Servings
cup
Ingredients
For the hot chocolate
For the whipped cream:
Course Drinks
Cuisine Vegan
Servings
cup
Ingredients
For the hot chocolate
For the whipped cream:
Instructions
  1. Pour the milk into a small saucepan and put on the stove (low heat). Slowly heat the milk while stirring and make sure it doesn’t boil.
  2. Add the cacao powder and whisk through the milk.
  3. Add the date syrup and stir through.
  4. For the whipped cream, add ¼ can of solid, refrigerated coconut milk to a bowl and whisk until you have a thick cream. Make sure you don’t add too much of the liquid that’s in the can.
  5. Pour the hot chocolate in a large mug and top it off with the whipped cream. Add a cinnamon stick for extra flavour. Sprinkle with extra cacao powder if you want.
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