We All Need Chocolate Stat

So by now we’re all deep into our survival kits? No? Well then you have a will of iron. Even so, you should never say no to someone offering you chocolate. 

So chocolate! And this is a particularly brilliant article because non alcoholic drinks have one giant advantage here. That is chocolate cocktails are unquestionably and inevitably disgusting. Whereas non-alcoholic chocolate drinks are frankly great.

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Coconut Water Chocolate

Made with coconut cream and chocolate, this is more luxurious than your usual coconut water. It’s sweet but not too sweet and full of potassium, electrolytes and all the rest of the benefits of drinking coconut water. It’s pretty popular with both people who like coconut water but aren’t sure about adding strange flavourings and people who actually hate coconut water (me). You can get it from Waitrose, Tesco or Amazon.

 

Champurrado

Champurrado is basically hot chocolate thickened with cornmeal and enhanced with a touch of spice. You know how hot chocolate is great with a pinch of cinnamon, well like that. But also with chili. Guaranteed to keep you warm on a cold autumn day. It originates in Mexico, traditionally it’s a Christmas thing but you are basically half way through your Sober Sprint and that is cause enough to celebrate.

 

Ingredients

35g Masa harina tortilla flour (you can get this online here). It is different from normal flour so substituting won’t get the same results. If this all sounds like a lot of hassle make it without the corn, it won’t be thick but it will still be delicious. If you do buy it you can use what’s left to make corn tortillas.
350ml water
110ml milk
100g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
1 ½ tablespoons dark brown sugar/you can swap this out for honey, a little agave syrup or another sweetener.
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ tsp chili

Touch of salt

Method

Add the masa flour to a large saucepan over a medium heat. Immediately add water in a slow, thin stream while whisking constantly to avoid lumps. Bring to a simmer and whisk in milk, chocolate, brown sugar or sweetener, and a generous pinch of salt until chocolate is melted, about one minute. Add cinnamon and chili.

Return to a simmer and lower heat to low. Continue to simmer gently, whisking constantly, for 5 minutes. That’s it you’re done! Add more water if your drink is too thick or more sugar if you think it needs it.

Adapted from here.

 

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Smoothie

Is this healthy? There’s fruit and chia seeds so maybe? Also I did not misspell cocoa, cacao is a raw, less processed form of cocoa, it has more fiber and nutrients than cocoa powder but you can use either.

 

Ingredients

6 strawberries
60ml fat free greek yoghurt
60ml skimmed milk
1 tbsp chia Seeds
1sp vanilla extract
2 tbsp cacao powder

 

Method

Stick everything in a blender and enjoy! You might want to add a little sweetener to this, taste it first and then decide.

Adapted from here.

 

White Matcha Hot Chocolate

I’ve seen matcha flavoured chocolate in quite a few places, but this is the first hot chocolate recipe I’ve come across. Using white chocolate means your drink comes out a vibrant green, like melted mint chocolate chip ice cream rather than an unappealing sludge colour. Matcha is a sort of fine powder made from green tea and we have a whole post on it coming up later in the month, so watch out for that one!

 

Ingredients

40g white chocolate chips
450ml unsweetened almond milk
2 teaspoons cooking matcha
225ml hot water

 

Method

Melt the white chocolate together with a quarter of the almond milk. Stir until smooth, then add the remaining almond milk. Set aside.

Next sift the matcha into the hot water and whisk until combined and frothy. Stir this into the almond milk/white chocolate mixture and pour into 2 mugs.
Adapted from here.

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