I am big fan of my Aldi Expressi coffee pod machine and I usually have a flat white with almond milk every morning. I also used to be a fan of Aldi's hot chocolate pods, but they contain a fair amount of sugar, dairy and other processed ingredients that I am trying to avoid. This is what their Rich Hot Chocolate pods contain - Sugar, Alkalised Cocoa Powder (28%). Whey Powder (from Milk) (16%), Vegetable Oil, Skim Milk Powder (3%), Salt, Stabiliser (339).
So, I have been experimenting with different ingredients and have come up with this healthy and delicious Caramel Hot Chocolate. Best of all it is dairy, gluten and nut free, so will be suitable for many people. For those of you who don't know much about mesquite powder, it is a superfood which is high in protein and a good source of soluble fibre. It has a sweet, nutty caramel flavour and works really well with the cacao powder. You can buy mesquite powder from most health food shops or online.
Now that I have made my first healthy hot chocolate drink I will be moving on to other flavour combinations. What flavours would you like me to make next?
Caramel Hot Chocolate
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 2 teaspoons cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon mesquite powder
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of sea salt
Add all the ingredients to a small saucepan on low to medium heat.
Stir to combine and bring to a simmer.
Pour into a mug and enjoy.
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