It’s winter time!
Yes…okay…I’m sure I am stating the OBVIOUS. The point is, what is winter without hot chocolate?
Not winter at all – that’s what! The problem is getting into summer-body-shape AND drinking hot chocolate at the same time. Such a predicament, am I right?
Well, what if I told you that hot chocolate and summer bodies go hand in hand?
I created this hot chocolate for that exact purpose. I’m sure you’ve heard that Steri Stumpies are a fantastic post workout recovery drink if you don’t have access to a protein shake (because of an ideal ratio of carbs to protein). I wanted a similar drink – only a HOT one. Yip! Chocolate and more chocolate after a hectic cardio session with some hot milk for a hit of protein and carbs. But you know me – I try and avoid sugar at all costs (unless in a totally worth it form of cake). In which case…there is NO sugar in this hot chocolate 🙂
Side note: Sugar isn’t always bad. In fact, after or before a hectic gym session sugar can actually be beneficial. So, if you’re making this as a post-workout recovery drink – don’t feel bad about adding a bit of sugar to replenish muscle glycogen stores.
But if you’re making this as a treat – or for your daily hit of chocolate to satisfy that craving – you might want to leave out the sugar. I add some sugar-free (and aspartame free) hazelnut sweetener and (here’s the kicker) Lindt dark chocolate!
I’m sure many of you have received dark chocolate as gifts…and you’re thinking: “what the HECK do I do with this?! I can’t eat this stuff!”. Especially in the case of 80% and above. In my case – I LOVE dark chocolate. However, I had a slab of 99% cocoa solids (!!!!!!!!!!) and couldn’t even swallow the tiniest piece. It tasted like powdery and pure cocoa. This prompted me to make something I could actually use it in (and not gag). The stuff is amazing – too good to go to waste! So use it in this hot chocolate!
Super simple! Only add 3 ingredients to milk and PRESTO!
Optionally, you can also add some instant coffee for a hit of caffeine and turn this into a delicious MOCHA!
I like adding milk froth on top to serve – and whipped cream as a treat 😉
- Serves: 1 hot chocolate
- Calories: 125
- Fat: 8g
- Carbohydrates: 11g
- Sugar: 9g
- Sodium: 90mg
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 7g
- Cholesterol: 2mg
- ¾ cup full cream milk
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- 20 drops supashape hazelnut sweetener
- 1 small block of dark chocolate, finely chopped (I used Lindt 99% cocoa solids)
- Add half the milk to your cup, then add the rest of the ingredients.
- Warm the milk in a microwave.
- Stir the contents.
- Add the rest of the milk and stir.
- Return to the microwave until warm.