The idea of combining the yummy taste of a hot chocolate with the benefits of herbal tea sounds really great, no? Especially if you are a tea lover, this easy to make herbal infused hot chocolate will be a lovely treat!
Why is herbal infused hot chocolate a great drink?
I know that not everyone is in love with tea like I am. Well, this tea infused hot chocolate is for everyone, no matter if they are into tea or not and here is why. Transforming a drink that is most of the times less healthy, into a flavorful one packed with extra benefits from the various herbs it is a great way to introduce tea to everyone. Nobody can refuse you when you are tempting him or her with a flavorful hot cocoa!
You might remember from my previous posts that every type of tea has plenty of benefits. With this hot chocolate trick you are pumping all that goodness of herbal tea into the hot chocolate.
How to prepare herbal infused hot chocolate
There are some easy steps for preparing the herbal infused hot chocolate:
Choose the herbs that you want to infuse. To help with this, you will find below some ideas of herbal blends.
Warm up the milk (usually I prefer almond milk) in a pan with the herbs and let them simmer for few minutes depending on the type of herbs.
After the milk is infused you can strain it. Pour back the flavourful milk in the pan and add organic cacao powder (1-2 teaspoons per serving, depending how “chocolaty” you want it to be). Let them mix well and your herbal infused hoc chocolate is ready!
You can add honey to it for extra sweetness.
Variations for the herbal mix
Depending on the time of the day when you want to enjoy the hot chocolate, you can play around with the mix of herbs. It can be calming or it can be energizing and refreshing.
You can easily put together a calming blend for your evenings. Here are few variations of herbal blend that you can use:
- rose petals
- green tea
- black tea
- oolong tea
Benefits of herbal infused hot chocolate
Each of the above herbs has their own specific benefits. On top of that, cacao powder and almond milk also bring their own contribution to the list of benefits. Just make sure that you are purchasing organic cacao powder and a good quality almond milk.
Cacao Powder Benefits
- it is packed with antioxidants
- full of minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium
- it has anti-depressant properties
For more benefits you can check this article: Cacao: 5 Little Known Benefits of This Amazonian Superfood
Almond Milk Benefits
- It is high in energy, proteins, lipids, and fiber.
- Contains minerals like calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and others.
- It has vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E.
Read more about the benefits of almond milk and how you can make it at home in the article 10 Amazing Benefits of Almond Milk
Herbal teas Benefits
Depending on which option you will choose for the herbal blend, you enjoy the benefits of those herbs as well.
You can read more about various benefits of tea in the following articles:
- Black tea benefits
- 12 Calming Teas – How to relax with herbal tea
- 10 Amazing Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea
- 5 Health Benefits of Peppermint Tea
- 10 Amazing Benefits of Green Tea
You can also focus on your chakra healing and pick some specific herbs for the chakra you are targeting. For this, you will find more information here: How to Balance Your Chakras with Herbal Tea