Welcome back for my latest ‘Meal of the month’!
Each month, I’ll introduce you to one of my favourite recipes. These are all based on the nutritional concepts I teach through my nutritional therapy programme; a set of guidelines designed to help you feel healthier, fitter and — most importantly — happier.
In honour of the festive season, I wanted to share this naughty-but-nice winter warmer with you to help make those long evenings a little easier.
What I love about this recipe…
Just like this recipe, I’ll keep things simple. There are three things I love about this recipe:
- It’s fast — you could be sipping away merrily in just five minutes.
- It feels indulgent, but it really isn’t.
- Best of all, it’s just for you.
Here’s a quick overview of this recipe:
- Preparation time = 5 minutes
- Serves = 1
Here are all the ingredients you’ll need:
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1.5 tbsp of dairy-free semisweet chocolate (roughly chopped)
- Sweetener (1 tbsp raw sugar/½ packet powdered stevia)
- 10 drops of flavour extract (optional)
- Coconut whipped cream (optional)
Let's get cooking
- Pour the almond milk into your favourite mug and heat in the microwave on full power for one minute (or, add to a saucepan and heat on the hob over a medium flame).
- When the almond milk is just above body temperature (it should feel a tiny bit warm to the touch), add the mouth-watering combination of cocoa powder, chocolate and sweetener. Then, whisk the mixture vigorously until all the ingredients have blended together.
- Place the mixture back in the microwave (or, on the hob) and continue to heat with intermittent stirring until it’s close to boiling. Taste your concoction and adjust the sweetness to your tastes.
- If you’re feeling flavoursome, add in around 10 drops of your favourite flavour extract. Top with whipped cream, a few cheeky sprinkles, and get ready for a mug full of bliss!
Tips and tricks
- Go wild with your flavour extract combinations! Mix it up with flavours like almond, peppermint, lemon, cherry — whatever tickles your fancy. Or, combine flavours to come up with your own signature recipe.
- December is the time of aromatic, woody spices like cinnamon, allspice, ginger and nutmeg. Try adding a sprinkle of these spices to your whipped cream and create Christmas in a cup.
Per serving (approximate)
- 190 calories
- 13g fat
- 6.8g saturated fat
- 20g carbohydrates
- 11g sugar
- 193mg sodium
- 4g fibre
- 2.5g protein