My love for chocolate is so great that I have bought one whole kilogram of organic raw cacao at the start of the year to experiment with. Currently, I am halfway through it, which means it's been a delicious year so far!
Today, after coming home from a run, I really felt like a chocolatey drink. I like to listen to my body and give it what it needs so I decided to make a healthy and nutritious chocolate drink.
I read, somewhere, that chocolate milk was a good drink post exercise. Apparently, it helps the muscles recover. Since, most chocolate milk has quite a lot of added sugar, it kind of negates the goodness of the chocolate. We can do so much better. So, I whipped up a chocolate milkshake made with almond milk that happens to be low in sugar and delicious.
Chocolate Almond Milkshake (Serves 1)
One tip, don't skip the cinnamon nor the sea salt. It makes the sweet sensation more pronounced.
- 1 cup of almond milk (If you have a blender, try making the almond milk at home. It beats store bought versions, and you know what goes in it)
- 2 tbsp of cacao powder
- 1/2 tsp of maca
- 1 tbsp of lucuma powder
- 1 tbsp of chiaseeds
- 1 tbsp of sesame seeds
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- pinch ofsea salt
- few drops of liquid stevia
- and a couple of ice cubes
Put all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth and frothy. Pour into a tall glass and serve.
You can top with chia seeds, sesame seed, cacao nibs, goji berries or whatever takes your fancy. If you feel like a hot chocolate, I've got you covered with the Best Dairy free & Sugar Free Hot Chocolate.
To make almond milk at home you can soak one cup of almonds in two cups of water with a pinch of salt overnight. Discard the water the day after. Soaking the almond overnight makes the almond more digestible so you can absorb more of the goodness.
Then into the blender or food processor put three cups of water with the almonds, and blend until smooth and milky. You can strain the almond milk in a nut milk bag or with a sieve. Sometimes, I don't even strain it because the solid particle pool in the bottom of the jar any way. I pour my almond milk into a glass jar and keep it in the fridge, which lasts about four days. You can flavour the milk by adding in cinnamon, dates, vanilla, or stevia, or whatever you think might taste good.
With love & simplicity,