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 Turmeric & Cherries
1/2 decilitre frozen sour cherries
2 tbsp maple syrup, or more if you have a sweet tooth
4 decilitre plant milk, I used oat milk*
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1/2 tsp turmeric, ground
a pinch of salt
a pinch of pepper
Defrost your Cherries and put a tablespoon in each cup together with a tablespoon of maple syrup. Put all of the ingredients in a blender except the cherries. Blend on high until it starts to get slightly warm. If not, warm it up on low heat for a couple of minutes. Pour the hot chocolate over the cherries and give it a stir. Enjoy at once with a blanket or in the snow with the sun high on the sky.
*Note: If you want to really heat up this hot chocolate, make sure you use another plant based milk as oat milk tends to thicken up during a heat process. Almond milk or any other nut milk would be fine for this.