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Monday, March 03, 2014

Roasted Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

Ready for a warm, healthy, treat drink? Best of all this drink uses all local and fair-trade ingredients.

Feel good on the inside and outside while drinking!

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  • 1/8 cup fair trade cocoa powder
  • 2 ounces bittersweet/semi-sweet chocolate (approx 50 grams)
  • 4 cups fair-trade sweetened coconut milk
  • 1/3 heaping cup of raw hazelnut kernels (approx 50 grams)
  • 2 TB raw honey, or maple syrup (vegan option)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven or smaller toaster oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Roast hazelnuts in single layer until golden and skins begin to crack. Approx 8-10 min.
    • Optional: Once roasted, place in clean tea towel and rub to remove the skins.
  3. Coarsely chop chocolate. Note if you have a hot/soup feature on your blender, you do not have to chop the chocolate.
  4. In the blender add all ingredients until smooth and frothy.
    • If you have a hot/soup feature on your blender, select that feature now and omit step #5.
  5. Pour blended ingredients in saucepan. Heat over medium heat. Stir frequently so the bottom doesn't burn. Heat until it begins to steam. Do not boil.
  6. Top with additional chopped nuts and chocolate shavings.
  7. Refrigerate leftovers and enjoy hot or cold within 3-4 days.
    • Shake each time before using.
  8. Makes approx 4 servings.

Nutrition Awareness

This dish offers an array of nutritional value to your diet:

  • Protein source
  • Fibre packed
  • Coconut is high in manganese to regulate blood sugar
  • Coconut and Hazelnuts are a source of calcium
  • Coconut boosts the immune system because of its medium-chain fatty acids are composed of lauric acid, which is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal thus strengthening the immune system.
  • Hazelnuts contains phytopchemicals, including proanthocyanidins, quercetin and kaempherol. These proanthocyanidins belong to a group called the flavonoids. Flavonoids may support brain health, improve circulation and reduce symptoms associated with allergies
  • Hazelnuts contain heart-healthy fats that can protect heart health. Specifically, they are high in healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats and low in unhealthier unsaturated fats. Hazelnuts are a good source of oleic acid. Oleic acid can help to lower levels of bad cholesterol, LDL, and can raise levels of good cholesterol, HDL, in the body.

Categorization: Canadian Flavours Meet Fair Trade

Seasonal Rhythm: All Season

Dietary Specifications Taglines:

  • Vegan
  • Gluten free

Posted by Wholly Canadian at 4:09 PM


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