Hot drinks are my jam. You can pretty much always find me with a mug of something warm no matter what I’m up to (cue the nickname Multi Beverage McFarlane, because even if I’m sipping on a glass of water/a smoothie/kombucha/whatever else, I’ll still have a mug in the other hand). I’m not a coffee drinker of any form. No latte, espresso or flat white here. I prefer to stick to herbal teas and other warm tonics. Mixing up plant milk with spices, nut butter and other yummy powders is a favourite of mine.
The ritual of making a warm drink on the stove is something I always find calming and grounding. Pair that with warm, earthy spices and you get a cup full of bliss. I promise you.
I was awake early this morning and the sun was just beginning to make its way through our bedroom window. After seeing Steven off to work (with my crazy bed head and pyjamas) instead of crawling back into bed for an extra 10 minutes, I went to the kitchen and stared at the spice rack. Cardamom was the first thing to catch my attention.
I decided to pair it up with some vanilla add coconut butter and make a hot chocolate. It was a good decision. Heavenly smells ensued from my little milk pan. Almond butter has the number one spot in my heart but after this morning coconut butter is looking pretty great. It creates a really silky texture giving you the most luscious hot chocolate ever. The vanilla adds a simple sweetness which is perfect with the cardamom.
The next time you’re looking for a caffeine-free morning drink, something warm to sip on late afternoon or a hot mug of cacao before bed I would really recommend giving this hot chocolate a try. I see many more mugs of this in my (and hopefully your) future!
Vanilla & Cardamom Hot Chocolate
Makes one hot chocolate
- 1 1/2 cup almond milk
- 3-4 cardamom pods (depending on how strong you want the flavour)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla paste/powder (a few drops vanilla essence)
- 1 1/2 tsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp coconut butter
- pinch of pink himalayan salt
- Crack the cardamom pods using the flat of a knife. Place over the pod and bring the heel of your hand down quickly.
- Add the almond milk, cardamom, vanilla, cacao and salt to a pan on a low-medium heat.
- As the milk begins to warm up stir in the coconut butter. Keep stirring until everything is incorporated and your hot chocolate is smooth, silky and hot (but don’t let it start to boil).
- Skim out the cardamom pods, they should be floating on the top.
- Serve immediately.