Guilt-Free Orange Hot Chocolate

 

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This healthy, quick to prepare hot chocolate needs only a handful of items and although it contains only healthy ingredients, tastes absolutely decadent.

The star ingredient is fresh orange rind which means you won’t find any ready-made or store brought version that taste anywhere as good as this homemade orange-chocolate combination that bursts with flavour.

This hot chocolate is:

  • Low fat
  • Refined sugar free
  • Good source of magnesium
  • Good source of anti-oxidants

It’s the perfect healthy winter dessert that will satisfy sugar or chocolate cravings but won’t leave you feeling guilty.

Guilt-Free Orange Hot Chocolate

Serves 1
Ready in: 5-10 min 

Ingredients 

* 1 cup almond milk
* 2 tsps orange rind (loosely packed)
* 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
* 2 medjool dates
* 1 Tablespoon cocao powder

Method 

1. Vita-mix version: Place all ingredients in vita-mix. Blend on high for 2-3min until warmed to drinking temperature.

OR

1. Non-vitamix version: warm the almond milk in a sauce man until reach a gentle simmer. (if your blender is not very strong, add the dates to the milk as it warms to soften them).

2. Once milk is warm, add this along with all the other ingredients to a blender and blend for 30 seconds or so until smooth.

ENJOY!

 

 

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Hazelnut Hot Chocolate (That is healthy!)

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Hazelnut Hot Chocolate 

This decadent hot chocolate is how I think all hot chocolate should be -thick and creamy enough to eat with a spoon, far more interesting than watered down powdered coco hot chocolate that is common. It is quick to whip up and rich in anti-oxidants while being refined sugar free and healthy enough to have for breakfast, a snack or dessert!

Serves: 2 (I placed both servings for photography purposes in my favourite hot chocolate mug but then I shared! :P) 

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cups soy milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 2 medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 Tablespoons (8 tsps) cocoa poweder

Method 

In the Vitamix:

If you have a vitamix you can warm the mixture to perfect drinking temperature! Simply place all ingredients in the blender then turn on high for 90 seconds to 2 1/2 minutes or until warm (feel the sides of the blender and there will be some steam when you open the lid). *Please please put some ear plugs/ear mufflers on when you doing this to protect your ears if you do not have one of those plastic noise reducing covers for your vitamix*

Stovetop/blender method if you do not have a vitamix:

If you only have a regular blender I do not recommend burning it out trying to blend till warm. Instead place all ingredients in a saucepan and gently bring to a simmer. Then pop in a blender to combine 🙂

Enjoy ❤

Tips

*This should come out completely smooth. If you do not have a powerful blender you may be better off putting the hazelnuts in a food processor/blender separately to blend them into a fine powder before combining with the rest of the ingrideints

* If you prefer a more drinkable consistency add 1/2 to 1 cup more milk

Chia Bubble Teas

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From the left: Apple Green Tea, Raspberry and Rose, and Strawberry, Pineapple and Coconut Chia Bubble Teas

These refreshing chia bubble teas are the perfect summer snack to cool you down while giving you a good does of nutrients and antioxidants. They are inspired by the popular Asian Bubble Tea drinks which feature different teas and syrup combinations with floating ‘bubbles’ – often sago, tapioca or aloe-vera pieces. In our version we use fruit, and chia seeds to create a similar consistency that is fresh, healthy and fun.

Choose from one of our three flavour combinations below, and don’t be afraid to mix and match the fruit. (Tip: Strawberries pieces taste great with all the recipes).

All recipes make 1-2 servings and take about 5 minutes to prepare + overnight resting. 

Strawberry, Pineapple and Coconut Chia Seed Bubble Tea 

Ingredients
Prepare the night before:

1/4 cup chia seeds
* 1 cup coconut water
* 1/2 cup filtered water
Stir all to combine. Let sit for 5-10 min the stir again. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.

*1 cup pineapple juice (I used freshly juice but store brought pure pineapple juice would also work)
*1-2 tsp maple syrup (depend how sweet your strawberries and pineapple are)
*1 tsp vanilla essence
*1/2 cup fresh finely chopped strawberries

Method
1. Juice the pineapple if using fresh, and chop the strawberries.
2. Combine all ingredients in a jug and stir until incorporated.
3. Pour into 1-2 classes and enjoy immediately, or store in the refrigerator for later 🙂

Raspberry, Rose and Vanilla Chia Seed Bubble Tea 

Ingredients 
Prepare the night before:

* 1/4 cup chia seeds
* 1 1/2 cups almond milk
Stir all to combine. Let sit for 5-10 min the stir again. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.

* 3 tsp vanilla essence
* 1 tsp rosewater
* 1 Tablespoon (4 tsp) maple syrup
* 1/2 cup frozen raspberries

Method
1. Stir the over-night mixture to break up any clumps, then add the vanilla, rosewater and maple syrup. Stir until well combined.
2. Stir through the raspberries. You can defrost them but I prefer to keep them semi-frozen as they act like ice blocks and keep the drink cool 🙂
3. Pour into 1-2 glasses and enjoy!

Tip: because of the milk used this is a more filling version of the tea and will tend to thicken up more if you leave it in the fridge. Simply add a bit more milk or water to think it out to desired consistency.

Apple Green Tea with Blueberries  Bubble Tea 

Ingredients 
Prepare the night before:
*1 cup apple juice (make your own or store brought)
*1 cup green tea, cooled
*1/4 cup chia seeds

Stir all to combine. Let sit for 5-10 min the stir again. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.

*1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Method 
1. Stir the over-night mixture to break up any clumps.
2. Add the blueberries and stir until combined.
3. Pour into 1-2 glasses and enjoy straight away or chill for later.
Notes: The first and third flavour are summery-refreshing tastes, the middle is more of a flowery dessert taste. I used black chia seeds here, if you use white you may need to add more liquid to reach a drinkable consistency.