Healthy Cacao Hot Chocolate


Being healthy isn’t about giving up everything you love to indulge in, it’s about making healthier choices, and sometimes healthier alternatives of the things that you love. I know personally that it’s harder in Winter to always make healthier choices due to our bodies craving, 
well, a lot more than usual as a natural response when it’s cold, which is why I thought I would share with you one of my favourite healthy Winter alternatives, my go-to healthy hot choc recipe.

This hot chocolate is sure to curb some of those sweet evening cravings, whilst also nourishing you and warming you up from the inside out. This hot chocolate is also dairy free, gluten free and refined sugar free. I hope you love it as much as I do.

You will need.. small saucepan + spoon + measuring cups + measuring spoons

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk (I use unsweetened)

1 tbsp cacao powder, sifted

1/2 tsp stevia (or sweetener of choice)

pinch ground cinnamon, sifted

1/2 tsp coconut oil

Method

Heat almond milk in saucepan over low to medium heat, stirring gently until you see steam coming from the milk.

Remove from heat while you add in remaining ingredients, cacao powder, stevia, ground cinnamon and coconut oil.

Return to heat, stir until combined and smooth, or until coconut oil has melted.

Pour into favourite mug.

Best enjoyed hot.

Makes approx. 1 serve

Time approx. 10 minutes

If you make this I would absolutely love to know what you think in the comments below, and if you take a photo please share it on Instagram and tag @sparkleondarling so I can see. I cannot wait for you to try this. Make sure to subscribe to SPARKLE on darling back on the home page to ensure you don’t miss the next recipe.

All my love,

Healthy Chocolate Easter Eggs

Easter is a time where there can be a lot of guilt around what you eat, well my sparkling reader, don’t I have a treat for you, a healthy one! Say hello to my homemade healthy chocolate recipe, which I’ve created this year especially for Easter (I do though plan to continue making it throughout the year).

These chocolates are dairy free, gluten free and refined sugar free, and if you switch out the honey, they are vegan too (honey is just my personal favourite sweetener). I am super proud of this recipe. I’ve made a healthy alternative to store bought chocolate for a long time, but this recipe is by far my best yet.

You will need.. saucepan + spoon + measuring spoons + chocolate mould + baking tray

Ingredients

4 tbsp coconut butter

3 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp smooth 100% peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)

1/2 tsp honey (or sweetener of choice)

1/4 tsp vanilla essence

2 tbsp cacao powder, sifted

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, sifted

Method

Melt in a saucepan over low heat coconut butter, coconut oil, peanut butter, honey and vanilla essence.

Stir while heating and until smooth then remove from heat.

Stir through sifted cacao powder and ground cinnamon until smooth.

Spoon tsp of mixture into desired mould.

Place mould on baking tray and set in freezer for 30 minutes before eating.

These will keep best in the fridge or freezer, removed just before eating.

Makes approx. mould tray and a half (depending on your chocolate mould)

Time approx. 35 minutes (including set time)

If you make these I would absolutely love to know what you think in the comments below, and if you take a photo please share it on Instagram and tag @sparkleondarling so I can see. I cannot wait for you to try these.

Happy Easter my sparkling readers.

All my love,