Fancy a cuppa? It’s getting colder in Britain and one certain way of keeping warm is downing hot drink after hot drink.
Usually this means endless cups of tea and coffee. For those of us not seeking endless hits of caffeine but who want something comforting and sweet, that means hot chocolate. If you are anything like me, you will be very tempted to drink endless cups of hot chocolate. But in the spirit of health and not rotting our teeth on vast quantities of sugar, here are some quick, easy and healthier alternatives. Boil your kettle and get ready to dig into your honey supplies.
Just like a mug of hot chocolate but with a richer taste.
1 tsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp of raw honey
¼ cup of milk
Boil the kettle with 0.5L of water.
Place the hot chocolate and cocoa powder into a mug and fill three quarters of the mug with boiling water. Stir thoroughly until completely dissolved. Pour in milk and enjoy.
Warmed Spiced Coconut Milk
This hot drink just feels like warmth and goodness combined. The perfect drink for relaxing just before bed.
1 cup of coconut milk
1 tsp of honey
½ tsp of cinnamon
¼ tsp of ginger
¼ tsp of nutmeg
Place all the ingredients into a small saucepan. Heat on medium and stir until the mixture is dissolved and simmering. Carefully pour into a mug and leave to cool for a minute before drinking.
Hot Buttery Beer
Inspired by the butter beer of the Harry Potter books, this is rich and creamy and probably not very healthy. It also contains no beer – so anyone can drink it.
1 tbsp of butter
2 tbsp of honey
1 cup of full cream milk
1 tsp of cinnamon
Melt the butter and honey together in a saucepan on medium heat. Pour in the milk and stir to combine. Heat until it simmers and then serve in a mug. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon if you feel decadent.
[Key: tbsp = tablespoon, tsp = teaspoon]