Recipe of the week: Healthy hot chocolate

A healthy hot chocolate.
A healthy hot chocolate.

Is there anything better than a mug of hot chocolate on cold, wintry days?

You can now enjoy it without derailing your diet. Give this healthy, hot chocolate recipe a try.


1 cup almond milk

1 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tbsp maple syrup

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Pinch of sea salt


Put all the ingredients into a saucepan over high heat, then using a whisk or spoon keep stirring until smooth and piping hot. Pour into a mug and serve warm.

Top with a few small marshmallows if necessary. Or add a bit of Christmas with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg.

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