On dark, chilly mornings, my preference is for a breakfast that’s going to be warming and filling. One of my current breakfast obsessions is this….
However, this is no ordinary hot chocolate. I add some secret ingredients into the blend to transform it into a full breakfast in a glass
Here’s a sneaky peek…
I add three ‘super foods’ to this hot chocolate, which are packed with nutrients: chia seeds, shelled hemp seeds and ground almonds. Here’s a quick run down of their great properties:
- Good source of protein, and contains all 9 essential amino acids.
- Very rich source of omega 3 essential fatty acid.
- Good source of minerals, notably phosphorus, manganese, calcium and zinc.
- High in dietary fibre.
- Easily digested and absorbs more than 9 times its weight in liquid when soaked, helping to regular blood sugar and hydration.
- High protein content and contains all the essential amino acids, making it a ‘complete’ protein.
- Has the perfect ratio of omega-3 to omega-6.
- Contains phytosterols, which have been shown to reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol.
- High content of antioxidants (all part of the Vitamin E family).
- The globulin edestin in hemp seed closely resembles that found in human blood plasma and is completely compatible with the human digestive system, making it easily digested, absorbed and utilised.
- Good source of protein.
- High in minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese and copper.
- Great source of antioxidants, including vitamin E
- Contain lots of compounds called phytochemicals which help protect against cardiovascular disease and fight free radical damage.
- Good source of dietary fibre.
- Low in saturated fat and a good source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
While you can use regular cocoa powder in this drink, I use raw cacao powder, which has a huge range of health benefits (check out this post for more info).
After reading about all these wonderful nutritional benefits, you’re going to feel so good when you drink a glass of this hot chocolate
As well as adding lots of great nutrients, I find that the addition of the seeds and ground almonds actually enhances the texture of the hot chocolate, making it lovely ‘n’ creamy. Also, thanks to the seeds and almonds (especially the chia seeds), just one glass of this hot chocolate will leave you feeling full up.
As well as making the perfect ‘breakfast in a glass’ for chilly mornings, it also makes a great post-school or work snack. I hope you love it as much as we do!
Here’s how I make it:
1 Tbsp cacao powder (you can use regular cocoa powder if you wish)
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp ground almonds (‘almond meal’)
1 Tbsp shelled hemp seeds (optional, adds even more nutrition but can alter the taste slightly)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup non dairy milk (I use Alpro sweetened almond milk, soya milk or hazelnut drink)
1 tsp natural sweetener (or, to taste. I use agave syrup or coconut palm sugar)
To make a lightly spiced hot chocolate, add a dash of ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend at high speed until smooth. Pause after a minute or so to scrape down the sides of the jug, then blend at high speed again for another couple of minutes.
- Pour into a small saucepan and gently heat through, stirring regularly. (If using raw cacao powder, make sure you keep the heat very low and gently warm in order to preserve all the nutrients).
- Our favourite way to serve this drink is in glass cappuccino mugs.
[This recipe has been submitted to Ricki Heller's #Wellness Weekend 20-24 December 2012]
Shelled hemp seeds, chia seeds and raw cacao powder are available from health food stores. If you live in the Bath area, they can be bought from Harvest, on Walcot Street.
Shelled hemp seeds and chia seeds are also available from Holland & Barrett stores, as well as from their online shop.
Good Hemp supply a great range of hemp products. I contacted them today, and they’ve kindly given me a discount voucher for their online shop to share with my lovely readers Just enter goodstuff20 at the checkout to receive 20% off all their products! The voucher expires on 30th December 2012.
In addition to their seeds I highly recommend the Good Hemp oils and milks. I haven’t tried my hot chocolate using hemp milk yet, but Good Hemp have assured me that it’s delicious. I’ll definitely give it a try and report back!
Raw cacao powder, shelled hemp seeds and chia seeds are available from Elements for Life, both online and from stockists in the South West of England (see their website for details). In replacement of the raw cacao powder, vanilla and sweetener in my hot chocolate drink, you could use some of the delicious Elements for Life raw hot chocolate powders.
Healthy Supplies offer a huge array of super foods from their online store, including chia seeds and shelled hemp seeds. They have a structured discounting system that is available to everyone all year round.
Magic Mayan Raw Chocolate Giveaway Results
And just before I go, I must share the results of my December giveaway. The entries were places in chronological order, and three winners selected at random.
The lucky winners are…
- Laura Agar Wilson
Congratulations guys! Please email me your postal addresses (sharon at bitofthegoodstuff dot com) and I’ll arrange for the chocolates to be sent to you asap x