Hot Chocolate

(Makes 2-3 cups)

Ingredients:

2 cups filtered water

1 cup raw unsalted cashew nuts

1 pinch salt

3 Tbsp Maple syrup

1/4 cup cacao powder



Method:

Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until nice and smooth. (I often add the cashews and water together and leave on the counter for 15-20 minutes as this softens up the cashews and get the mix smoother, then add the rest of the ingredients for blending).


Once blended to a nice smooth consistency, pour into a small saucepan and heat gently over a medium-low  heat. Do not boil.

The longer you heat it for the thicker it will become. If it gets too thick just add a little water.


Serve in small espresso cups as a desert or serve in your favourite mug!

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Cashew nuts are fantastic sources of protein, iron and magnesium.  Not only do cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, approximately 82% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids, plus about 66% of this unsaturated fatty acid content are heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, similar to those found in olive oil. They are also packed with antioxidants.


Cacao is also packed with magnesium and iron and is a rich source of polyphenols. It is thought that polyphenols can improve or help treat digestion issues, weight management difficulties, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular diseases.


100% Pure Maple syrup (not maple-flavoured syrup) is a great swap out for sugar or other syrups as it is packed with beneficial nutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals.