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Almonds, chocolate & cinnamon in a humble hot chocolate

May 22, 2011

This was the other thing I was going to give away on Fair Trade Fair day, but out heating element carked it! It was really delicious at home though, so it was worth making, especially the almond milk, which turned out to be dead easy! It’s going to be a regular feature…much to Will’s dismay, since he hates almonds (a thing I have yet to understand).

Lightly spiced hot chocolate

  • 1c almond milk (I made my own, see method below, or you can buy it for about $7/L), or whatever milk you like
  • 3 tsp (about 30g) fair trade drinking chocolate (I used Trade Aid’s stuff), or a few squares of dark chocolate
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (I used Trade Aid’s stuff)
  • EDIT: optional: about 1/2 tsp molasses – adds delicious richness and an iron boost :) – use a little less chocolate or it’ll be too sweet.
Place all ingredients into a small pot and stir over medium heat until the mixture just starts to simmer. Pour and serve.

Almond milk

Making your own costs half as much, plus you have the leftover almonds which you can use in cooking/baking/breakfast.
ratio of ingredients: 1c almonds (about 160g) + 1L water makes about 1L.
Soak almonds in just enough water to cover for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
In a blender: Blend (do not fill blender more than 3/4 full), strain through a sieve or muslin cloth into a bowl/container, then pour into airtight pouring jars. Pour more water over the almonds in the sieve and push with the back of a spoon to extract more juice out of them, until you have about a litre.
In a food processor: Blend (do not fill more than 1/4 full with water), strain through a sieve or muslin cloth into a bowl/container, then pour into airtight pouring jars. Pour more water over the almonds in the sieve and push with the back of a spoon to extract more juice out of them, until you have about a litre.
You can dry the almond pulp in the oven or you can store in an airtight container for no more than a week and add to your breakfast oatmeal, or breads. If you dry them out you can use them in baking like ground almonds, or like breadcrumbs when making stuffings or vegetarian burgers.
PS. New Zealanders: Wondering where to get fair trade ingredients? If your supermarket doesn’t stock them, check out the Trade Aid site for your local. In Christchurch Piko Wholefoods also stocks lots of fair trade things, as does Liberty Market. Both are open after the earthquake.
8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 24, 2011 4:22 am

    I love it! We both posted recipes of almond milk at the same time…but I must say, your hot chocolate is tempting me beyond belief. :) Nummers!

    • May 24, 2011 2:37 pm

      C: Yeay! Love all the different kinds of “milks” you can get these days, even if they should be called juices or something else entirely. They make it much easier to eat a variety of things on a daily and weekly basis!

  2. May 26, 2011 8:16 pm

    What a beautiful photo of the cups! Sounds delicious, too. I always try to get fair trade cocoa and coffee beans, they seem to taste better. Or maybe the lack of guilt makes me think it tastes better :)

  3. May 26, 2011 8:18 pm

    E: Thanks :) Interestingly the cinnamon smells the most different to me – much spicier, and less sweet smelling.

  4. May 27, 2011 8:09 am

    Ooh I want to try making almond milk – can get bulk bags of almonds quite reasonably priced at Moore Wilsons. Also, I love your cup and saucer :)

  5. May 27, 2011 12:19 pm

    H: Yes and you can make as much or as little as you like, which is always nice. Love the set too, I had to get two sets at the time and share the joy with a friend for Christmas. Red polka dot patterns are win.

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