On a cold winters day I don’t think there is much that can beat a hot chocolate. Chocolate is a huge favourite of mine and during winter I do love a steaming big mug of it every so often. Since giving up processed foods and sugars I love experimenting with my own flavours and foods. I had roasted chestnut puree left in the freezer and I decided to try it in a hot chocolate.
Chestnuts are a great source of vitamins and minerals and can help the body with a number of different aliments. They also act like cashew nuts and can naturally thicken foods. Therefore this hot chocolate was creamy, rich, smooth and very thick. The ginger add that extra kick too. It was extremely tasty. I was very content with the finished results of this experiment. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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- Cups x 2
- Stirring Spoon
- Baking tray
Ingredients for the Hot Chocolate
- Chestnut Puree x 2 tbsps (see below)
- Raw cacao powder x 2 – 4 tbsps
- Fresh ginger x 1 centimetre piece or ground ginger 1 tsp
- Coconut or brown sugar x 2 – 4 tbsps
- Milk x 2 cups (of your choice)
Method for the hot chocolate
- Put the chestnut puree, raw cacao powder, fresh or ground ginger, coconut or brown sugar and milk into the blender.
- Blend all of these ingredients together until smooth.
- Pour the ingredients into the saucepan and place on the hob.
- Turn the hob onto high and heat until hot.
- Once the drink is hot pour into the cups or mugs.
- Then serve and enjoy.
Ingredient for the chestnut puree
- Chestnut x 250g
- Milk of your choice x enough to blend it until smooth
- Preheat the oven to 200ºC or gas mark 5.
- Put the chestnuts into the baking tray.
- When the oven has preheated put the baking tray into the oven.
- Roast the chestnut for about 25 – 30 minutes.
- Remove for the oven and leave to cool.
- Once the chestnuts are touchable place them into the blender.
- Add enough milk to cover the chestnuts and blend.
- You may need to add a bit more milk to make this puree smooth so add it a little at a time.
- When the chestnuts are smooth remove from the blender and store in an air tight container until ready to use.
- Any leftover can be stored in the freezer.
Roasted Chestnut and Ginger Hot Chocolate was a huge hit with me. I made this drink for myself and I loved it. As I mentioned earlier it was thick, creamy and spicy. The ingredients for this recipe are freezable so you could make a big batch before a party and just heat it up on the day you want to drink it. Plus you can make 1 cup for you and enjoy. However you decide to drink this hot chocolate, as always, please enjoy. Thank you