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Hot Cocoa with Dates and Almond Milk

By: Kelli Kieselbach

Here is a simple but delicious variation on your regular hot cocoa beverages.

It is dairy free and the dates add enough sweetness that no extra sugar is required. Dates are also an excellent source of fibre and minerals.

Cocoa has beneficial health properties and is considered by many as a superfood. It is a great source of magnesium and anti-oxidants. Choose an organic product as they contain higher levels of anti-oxidants. When buying cocoa, make sure you are getting just cocoa! Many cocoa powders Have added ‘extras’ in them, such as flavours, sweeteners, preservatives and colours. The ingredients list should say 100% cocoa.

I have used almond milk in this recipe, but if nuts are a problem you could use another milk of your choice. I have found of all the types of milk out there, almond milks vary the most in taste from brand to brand. I like to use an organic brand that has minimal ingredients added. Some brands have added sweeteners which I think can make them too sweet.

Makes: 1 cup (can easily be multiplied for several cups)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Almond milk
  • 1 Date
  • 1 decent tsp of cocoa

Directions

  • Place the milk in a small saucepan with the date and heat on medium heat and hot.
  • Place the hot milk and date in a blender with the cocoa. Blend until well combined and frothy.
  • Pour into your favourite mug (this is important) and enjoy!

Article supplied with thanks to Kelli Kieselbach.

About the Author: Kelli Kieselbach is a Naturopath and Nutritionist with a passion for a holistic and natural approach to health and wellbeing. She also works to educate Christian ministry leaders in self care and avoiding burnout.

Feature image: Photo by Courtney Cook on Unsplash 

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