What is the one thing that everyone craves during winter? The one thing that is common for every country and tradition? Hot chocolate. A warm, steaming cup of hot chocolate is in every childhood memory and especially in mine. Glazing through the snow covered forest with skis on our feet, an orange and a chocolate in our backpacks accompanied by a thermos filled with home made hot chocolate. Ask any Norwegian and they will have the exact same memory- it’s just a thing we do here and we love it!
This specific hot chocolate recipe doesn’t only bring back my childhood memories, but it’s also filled with wonderful nutrients to get us through the long, cold winter months. Cacao to increase our levels of happiness, turmeric to reduce inflammation in our bodies and cherries for antioxidants and to increase our sleep hormone- melatonine. Great for a good nights sleep! zzzz…
This Incredible Hot Chocolate with Cherries is considered raw as it’s not heated over 40 degrees celcius and thus has all the nutrients intact. The clue is to run it long enough in a powerful blender to get it slightly warm. If you don’t happen to have a powerful blender, like most, try heating up on the stow on low heat until barely heated- or if you don’t care, heat it up and make it a proper hot chocolate for a cold day.
Snuggle up in the couch with this comforting cup of hot chocolate, you deserve it!
Incredible Hot Chocolate with Cherry Syrup
Yield 2 servings
1 litre frozen sour cherries
3 decilitre sugar
4 decilitre plant milk, I used oat milk*
100 gram dark chocolate, good quality
Combine cherries and sugar in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Stir to coat cherries in sugar. Let simmer for around 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved.
Set a strainer over a medium bowl and pour cherry mixture into the strainer. Press down on the solids until all the juice has gone through the strainer. Discard solids and chill the syrup until ready to use.
Syrup will keep refrigerated for up to two weeks.
Add dark chocolate and milk in a saucepan. Gently bring to a simmer, stirring often until the chocolate has dissolved in the milk.
Pour over into a cup and serve with a tablespoon or two of Cherry syrup.