Vegan Superfood Hot Chocolate – delicious thick winter drink, with various healthy ingredients including the healthiest fruit in the world.
This summer I made myself a fantastic smoothie with cocoa and aronia powder and a touch of cinnamon. I thought it would be great to turn it into Superfood Hot Chocolate when winter comes. And here it is!
Researches have found out that aronia (black chokeberry or Siberian blueberry, lat. Aronia melanocarpa) is the healthiest fruit in the world. This dark purple super-berry has three times the level of antioxidants found in blueberries. It is also richer in antioxidants than raspberries, goji berries and acai berries.
I made my own aronia powder by grinding aronia tea (which is basically just dried aronia fruit) in a coffee grinder (or spice grinder). Aronias are so full of vitamins and other healthy ingredients that you need just a small quantitiy of it.
Another superfood that I used in this recipe is psyllium powder which makes my hot chocolate extra thick. It will help your digestion, help you maintain your weight and keep your blood healthy.
I’m sure you already know the benefits of cocoa, cinnamon, almonds, honey or coconut. Practically every ingredient of this recipe can be considered superfood.
For more “Christmassy” taste of this homemade hot chocolate you can add some ginger, and for Mexican chocolate flavor add a pinch of cayenne pepper.
If you use hazelnut milk, you will get a flavor resembling my Liquid “Nutella” that I created last winter. Any other kind of milk, dairy or non-dairy, will work as well in this recipe.
Superfood Hot Chocolate is definitely my new winter favorite!
- 1/4 tsp aronia powder
- 1 cup hazelnut or almond milk or other milk of choice
- 1 Tbsp cocoa
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp honey or stevia or agave syrup
- 1 tsp psyllium husk powder*
- coconut whipped cream
- ADD-ONS: ginger, cayenne pepper, protein powder, etc.
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together the cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla extract, coconut oil, honey and about 2 tablespoons milk until cocoa is dissolved.
Whisk in remaining milk and heat it over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until it is hot.
Combine psyllium powder with 1 Tbsp water and stir in the hot chocolate.
Serve topped with whipped coconut cream and sprinkled with some aronia powder.
*you can substitute psyllium husk powder with chia seeds