Cholesterol-free and heart-healthy; a rich and nourishing hot chocolate Hug-in-a-Mug. Rolled oats blended with cacao powder give this hot chocolate a lovely full and creamy texture and mouthfeel without adding any fats keeping this food as medicine drink fat-free.
I used 1 date as a sweetener to add nutrient density, minerals and fibre, which help balance blood sugar—a great afternoon pick-me-up or a quick sustaining snack in a mug.
High fibre foods are an important part of a healthy digestive system. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are high in fibre.
Ingredients are naturally rich in essential minerals. Salty taste in botanicals like parsley, nettles, seaweeds indicates the plants have a high mineral content.
Heart Healthy recipes have lots of whole grains, fruits & vegetables. A diet rich in plant foods, low in refined fatty foods can help lower cholesterol.
Dairy-free Recipes have no animal milk or milk products no cheese, no yoghurt. Dairy is a common food allergen, dairy can cause inflammation.
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Oat Hot Chocolate
ADD ALL Ingredients to a high-speed blender jug.
BLEND 1 minute or until smooth. If you don’t have a high-speed blender, use maple or date sugar instead of a date.
SERVE immediately in a mug.
CACAO | COCOA POWDER – use unsweetened raw cacao powder if possible instead of dutch processed or natural, which have both been processed. Be sure you read the label and that you are not buying hot chocolate powder with sugar, milk powder etc in it.
ADD SPICES – 1 tsp cinnamon, pumpkin spice, ginger, cake spice blend.
SWEETNESS – I use 1 Date or date sugar as dates are delish goodness; maple syrup is good choice too.
VANILLA – if you like “sweet” but are trying to cut back on sugar, add 2 tsp vanilla – your brain will think it “tastes” sweeter.
LOW FODMAP + IBS use 1 date or swap for maple syrup.