Hot chocolate

1
15 minutes

Ingredients

Hot chocolate

  • 300ml of whole milk
  • 40g of dark chocolate, the best quality you can find
  • 2 tsp boiling water
  • 1 pinch of sea salt, tiny (not table salt)

Optional extras

  • 1 tbsp of cream
  • 3 drops of vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of sugar, more or less depending on the sweetness of the chocolate used (if you add vanilla and cream you really shouldn’t need sugar as well!)
  • 1 tbsp of rum

For a healthier version

  • 120ml of almond milk, (buy in most supermarkets or make your own with a blender, water and a muslin cloth to strain the liquid through – or leave the bits in!)
  • 15g of dark chocolate, 100% (Willie’s Cacao is widely available in most supermarkets or failing this you could use cocoa instead, but it won’t be as rich and delicious)
  • 1 pinch of pink Himalayan salt, (contains 82 essential minerals)
  • 1 tsp Manuka honey, (good for its antibacterial properties)
  • 180ml of boiling water
  • 3 drops of vanilla extract, optional (makes it taste sweeter without adding more sugar)
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon, (good for the metabolism and, again, making it taste sweeter without calories)

Method

1
Warm a cup first by swirling it with boiling water (it helps the chocolate to melt)
2
Chop the chocolate finely and put in a cup (or jug if you’re making several cups-worth). Add the salt and then the 2 tsp boiling water and stir to melt
3
Heat the milk to just below boiling and pour in slowly, stirring the whole time
4
If you have a blender and can be bothered cleaning it afterwards you’ll get a much nicer froth to the drink if you whizz the ingredients together in there instead
5
If making the healthier version, follow steps 1 and 2, then add the remaining boiling water and honey, then the almond milk, stirring all the time
6
Like the regular version, the healthy hot chocolate can be made in a blender - essential if you want to add prunes