Monday, 9 October 2017

Autumn Inspired Hot Chocolates

It's Autumn which means cold weather which means one thing - hot chocolate!! There's honestly nothing better than snuggling down on a cold day with a film (for me, it's got to be Harry Potter because it's the cosiest film ever) and sipping on a hot chocolate.

Now, these 3 recipes are for hot chocolate... but with a twist! We have a Pumpkin Spiced one (of course) but not just any Pumpkin Spiced... Pumpkin Spiced Bailey's! There's also a gingerbread one for when Christmas starts to creep up and, of course, because I predominantly like to follow a paleo-based diet there's a paleo/vegan spiced hot chocolate which is also dairy free and refined sugar free! This is great for when you want to indulge but you don't fancy having lots of sugar. I like having this in the morning when I don't fancy breakfast to warm me up but also give me the right nutrients for the day.

So, I won't ramble any more, I'll let you try the recipes yourself! So get a film ready and a big cosy blanket and try one out... you won't regret it!

Pumpkin Spiced Bailey's White Hot Chocolate
Ingredients: 

- 4 tsps Options white hot chocolate
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 shot of Pumpkin Spiced Baileys
- Whipped cream
- 1 tsp cinnamon

Method:
1. Fill a mug up with milk and then tip into saucepan to simmer slowly until it has boiled. When tipping the milk into the saucepan, leave a bit in the bottom so you can make a paste with the hot chocolate powder.
2. Tip your hot chocolate powder into the mug and mix with the milk until it is a paste.
3. Once the milk in the saucepan has boiled, tip it into your mug and stir for around 1 minute.
4. Add 1 shot of Pumpkin Spiced Bailey's (or more if you desire) and stir again.
5. Garnish with some whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon!


Gingerbread Hot Chocolate
Ingredients:
- 1 cup of milk
- 3/4 tsps cocoa powder/hot chocolate
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Method:
1. Fill a mug up with milk and then tip into saucepan.
2. After this, tip all the other ingredients into the saucepan and stir continuously. Let it simmer slowly until it has boiled (it may separate at first but don't worry, it will all come together once the milk starts to get hotter.
3. Tip the drink back into your mug.
4. Garnish with some whipped cream, ginger and a gingerbread man (if you haven't had enough gingerbread)!



Paleo / Vegan Spiced Hot Chocolate
Ingredients:
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 1/tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup

Method:
1. Fill a mug up with almond milk and then tip into saucepan.
2. After this, tip all the other ingredients into the saucepan and stir continuously. Let it simmer slowly until it has boiled (it may separate at first but don't worry, it will all come together once the milk starts to get hotter.
3. Tip the drink back into your mug and enjoy!
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