Winter hasn’t officially started yet but the cold weather outside begs to differ. The air is chilly, the sunset comes early and on the days like these the only thing you want to do is to tuck yourself under a soft blanket with your hands wrapped around warm mug.
That’s why I rounded up three of my favorite recipes that will keep you warm all winter long. The best part is that they are all healthy (or healthyish) and quick & easy to make.
The ingredients are for one mug (unless specified otherwise), if you want to make more just multiply the ingredients amount by number of mugs you want to make.
Maple hot chocolate
This one is hands down my favorite of the three and I make it the most. The recipe calls for oat milk but you can use any other vegetable milk even classic milk if you prefer (in that case it will not be so light though). My experience is that some milks, like almond for example, are too dominant and turn a little bit bitter when heated. You can also adjust cacao and maple syrup amounts to suit your taste…just watch yourself not to go too heavy with the maple syrup 🙂
250 ml of oat milk
2 teaspoons of raw cacao powder
3 teaspoons of maple syrup
Slowly heat the oat milk. When hot but not boiling whisk in cacao powder (it’s better to whisk not stir in the cacao powder as it diffuses better). Then add maple syrup, stir well and enjoy!
Golden milk is said to have positive impact on the immune system while also promoting relaxation. It contains turmeric that is praised for its incredible healing properties and it also gives this potion its ‘golden’ color. Cinnamon and ginger are other warming spices with health boosting properties. There are many version of this Ayurvedic drink, I like to use the one below by Wellness mama.
2 cups (about 500 ml) of milk of your choice such as almond, pecan, coconut or dairy
1 teaspoon of turmeric
½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder
pinch of ground black pepper
tiny piece of fresh peeled ginger root or ¼ teaspoon of ginger powder
pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
1 teaspoon of raw honey or maple syrup to taste (optional)
Blend all ingredients, except pepper, in a high-speed blender until smooth. Pour into a small saucepan and heat for 3-5 minutes over medium heat until hot, but not boiling. Add the pepper, stir to combine. Drink immediately.
Hug in a mug
I found this little gem in Lucy Wyndham-Read’s The Healthy eating book and fell in love with it instantly. It’s easy and delicious and ready in no time.
250 ml of oat milk
1 pinch of ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon of honey
Gently heat up your oat milk, either in a pan or a microwave, then add a pinch of nutmeg and your honey and stir well. This will be the coziest hot drink you have ever had.
Image courtesy of: Unsplash – Toa Heftiba.