Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Nourishing Warm Drink Recipes

Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe (Dairy/Refined Sugar Free)
When it gets cold outside, there is nothing better than snuggling up with a warm cup of hot chocolate. Yummy treats like hot chocolate are often synonymous with drinking dairy & sugar, which may leave you feeling less than awesome. Natural Zing has come up with this super rich, easy to make delicious healthy hot chocolate recipe that is refined sugar & dairy free. We hope you love it!

Ingredients: Serves 2
•2-3 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (you can also use coconut milk for an extra rich drink)
•3 tbsp raw, organic cacao or organic carob powder
•1 tsp raw, organic cinnamon powder
•3 tbsp organic coconut sugar or coconut nectar
•pinch Himalayan Pink crystal salt

Directions: Place all ingredients in a medium sauce pot and bring to a

boil over medium high heat, stirring often (use a thermometer to make sure you keep it under 118 if you're raw). Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 4-5 minutes. You can drink as is, or you can strain the mixture through a cheesecloth or nut milk bag for an even smoother treat!

Some variation ideas:
•Add 1/2 tsp peppermint extract to the pot for a mint hot chocolate.
•Add 3-4 slices of fresh ginger root for a chocolate gingerbread hot chocolate.
•Add a pinch or two of raw, organic cayenne pepper for a Mexican hot chocolate.
•Add in some mushrooms like reishi powder for a superfood infused drink.

Sweet Cinnamon Hazelnut Drink
This drink is kissed with raw honey & cinnamon & fabulous! It requires a little bit of extra work to make the hazelnut milk but it's well worth it!

2 C Hazelnut Milk (see recipe below)
1 T Raw, organic Honey (can add more if you like it sweeter)
1/2 t. raw, organic Cinnamon powder

Mix all ingredients together, warm in dehydrator or over double boiler. You can use a kitchen thermometer to make sure you keep the temp under 118 for a truly raw drink.

For the Hazelnut Milk:1 C raw, organic Hazelnuts (soaked for 3 hours)
3 C Water

Place hazelnuts and water in your Vitamix blender or high powered blender. Blend very well. Strain through a nutmilk bag.

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