Drinks to Warm: Non-Dairy Chai Tea and Hot Cocoa with Cacao



Come inside and step out of the cold and into the comfort of your very own kitchen to make two popular liquid concoctions that not only warm you up but offer lots of healthy nutrients as well. (And for much less than the bills you would have handed to a barista in one of those expensive coffee shops) And, did I mention that these taste fantastic, too?





1.  Non-Dairy Chai Tea for Two


The spices, the tea, the raw honey - all good for you. This comes together in a snap with ingredients you may already have in your pantry and fridge!  Surprise that special someone with a mug of this and make one for yourself, too, and enjoy some tea for two in a very special way!

Gather
  • 2 black tea bags
  • 1 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamon
  • 1.5 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1.5 - 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • whipped coconut cream optional (see below)
  • whole nutmeg for grating - optional
Now do this
  • Place tea and spices in small pot and pour water that has just boiled over them.
  • Cover and brew for five minutes.
  • Remove the tea bags.
  • Add almond milk, honey, and vanilla to the pot and warm gently on a low flame.
  • Pour mixture into two mugs.
  • Top with coconut cream and grated nutmeg.



Take the chill off and get warm and cozy with these two popular delicious winter drinks made in a special way that offer major health benefits. Tap here for two easy healthy recipes you will make again and again for your family and friends!



2.  Hot Cocoa Using Cacao


If you haven't heard, cacao (pronounced ka-kow) is unbelievably nutrient-dense and the main ingredient in my recipe below.  It is basically chocolate in raw form that is loaded with flavor and provided off the charts nutrition for you! Check out exactly what I mean with full details on what cacao can do for your body and mind here.

So, it is a no-brainer to serve this to your family instead of the processed stuff to make this favorite winter-time drink.  (Don't miss a special topping you can make below!) So, please sip and slurp to your delight. And, do so often!


Gather
  • 1 cup almond milk 
  • 1.5 tablespoons raw organic cacao powder or a little less (I use this brand: TerrAmazon that has maca added.)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon raw honey (or other sweetener of choice)
  • pinch sea salt
  • splash of vanilla (omit if using almond milk with vanilla)
  • whipped coconut cream- optional (see below)
  • Ceylon cinnamon to sprinkle on top - optional
whisk

Now do this:
  • Warm milk on low flame for several minutes until steamy.
  • Add next four ingredients and whisk until well combined.
  • Taste and adjust for sweetness and chocolate level flavorings.
  • Pour in mug and add coconut cream on top and sprinkle with cinnamon.





How to Make Coconut Cream



For an every now and then treat, reach for a can of coconut milk to make a delicious topping that you would use in place of whipped cream.  It is made the very same way, but is dairy-free and contains all the sweet health benefits of coconut.


Gather
  • 1 can (BPA-free) full-fat organic coconut milk, chilled for several hours
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener of choice such as raw honey, maple syrup, or sprinkle of stevia, etc. 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
mixer

Now do this
  • Scoop off the firm layer of coconut cream on the top of the can of coconut milk and save the water for another use.
  • Place this cream in the bowl of a mixer.
  • Turn your mixer or hand beaters to high speed and whip the coconut cream for 3 to 5 minutes or until fluffy and light.
  • Slowly add sweetener and vanilla and whip 30 seconds or more.
  • Taste and adjust for sweetness.

Do you have a favorite recipe you want to add a link to in the comments that can warm us up in a healthy way? Please share!


hot cocoa: photo credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rofi/4219851110/">rofi</a> via <a href="http://photopin.com">photopin</a> <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">cc</a>

coconut: photo credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/yimhafiz/4031507140/">YIM Hafiz</a> via <a href="http://photopin.com">photopin</a> <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">cc</a>


6 comments:

  1. I always use soy milk when I make my hot chocolates but I will try your recipe. #wowlinkup

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  2. Coconut cream sounds like JUST the right treat. I can't wait to try this.

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  3. I do like it! It is rich so a little goes a long way! Enjoy and let me know how it works for you

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  4. I have never actually made chai tea from scratch before. I do like it in coffee shops, but I usually only indulge when I am traveling. I also have a coffee frother, but never thought to put coconut milk in it! I look forward to trying these recipes!

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    1. Happy to hear you triggered an idea here at THM! That is great! With the chai, you can play around with the spice levels that suit your taste and they have loads of health benefits. Have fun with it and stay warm!

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