“In 2016 it is my mission to improve the condition of my skin, nails, hair and creative brain NATURALLY. I have spent a small fortune on all sorts of lotions and potions and never found that ‘magic tonic’. So I’m putting away my wallet and getting out my mixing bowl. Through exploring my love of healthy dessert making, I will be feeding myself beautiful (hopefully). Follow my diary of tailor made desserts, baked snacks and Breakfast recipes for clear skin, glossy hair and hard ass nails. Starting with…”
THE FACE – Anti Aging
Young Hottie’s Hot Choccie aka Anti Aging Hot chocolate
Turning hot chocolate into an anti-aging elixir.
There is nothing on earth I find more huggable than a mug of streaming hot chocolate. An elixir of the gods type stuff. On my mission to #feedmebeautiful I am interested in turning my old favourites into natural beauty must haves and looking to share my anti-aging recipes. When thinking of anti-aging recipes about 100 different skin brightening, plumping, skin protecting smoothies come to mind, but when returning home at the end of a long day, out of the dark and the cold I want comfort. I want chocolate!
With this anti-aging food mission in mind I have whipped you up a super thick, velvety, indulgent, anti-aging Hot chocolate to warm your cockles, super charge those feel good endorphins and de-stress you after a long hard day (all of which is clinically proven, hazzar)!
This recipe was inspired by Jamie Oliver’s – Ultimate Hot Chocolate – a blend of dark chocolate, icing sugar, corn flour and Horlicks ( which sounds rather amazing actually, but not a an anti-ager I’m reckoning). As you may well know Jamie Oliver is on a Superfoods, no refined sugar mission of his own and I like to think this is a recipe he would approve of!
*Chocolate is a bit of a press floozy. In the news its seems we are constantly changing our minds about whether its good for us or not. The answer is simple – Cocoa is full of all good things we want in our lives, but the added sugar and fat is not, BOO! BOO!
In this recipe I have enlisted the help of dark chocolate (Cacao), Coconut cream, Cayenne pepper, Ginger and Cinnamon (to name but a few) all of which will help kick some serious wrinkle butt!
*In this recipe we will be using Cacao or if you don’t have it 100% Best Quality Dark Cocoa will do just fine. I like Green & Blacks.
* If you’re not a fan of coconut don’t worry you actually can’t taste it but you get all it’s anti-aging beauty benefits.
Feed me beautiful facts – What’s it good for?
Cacao – Hydrates the skin to keep it youthful. Protects the skin from bad UV rays. BISH!
Coconut Cream – Helps smooth skin for a radiant appearance. Helps improve skin sagging,wrinkles and age spots. BASH!
Cinnomon – Anti-inflammatory. Protects the body against skin damage. BOSH!
Cayenne pepper – Rich in Vitamin E as well as Vitamins A and C which help fight preventing the breakdown of collagen apparently! DOUBLE BOSH!
Ginger – Stimulates circulation. MAKE THAT TRIPLE BOSH!
Young Hottie’s Hot Choccie
This recipes for one
2-3 tsp Cacao or best quality dark Chocolate drinking powder.
4 tsp Coconut cream (I get mine from Waitrose as they do little tins)
200ml Unsweetened Almond milk ( or whichever you prefer)
2 tsp Maple syrup
half tsp Ground Cinnamon
half tsp Ground Ginger
Big pinch Cayenne Pepper
-In a small saucepan simmer your Milk of choice.
-In a small bowl or cup add the cacao, ginger, cayenne pepper, cinnamon.
-When your milk has just reached warm add just a little of the warm milk to your little dry ingredients bowl and mix with a teaspoon rapidly to dissolve the dry mixture so there are no lumps in your hot chocolate. It will make a pourable paste (we want it like a smooth chocolate sauce consistency)
Pour your chocolate sauce into your simmering milk as well as adding the Coconut cream and Maple syrup
– Next Pour the velvety Hot Chocolate into your favourite mug and pimp up as you wish. I went a little over the top and grated Dark chocolate, Marsh mallows, Coconut, Cinnamon and Rose petals (it was a special day).
Enjoy your Hot Chocolate with total abandon as I did and feel EUPHORIC about it’s anti-aging, disease fighting, stress reliving qualities.
I would love to see your Young Hottie’s Hot Chocolate creations – tag me or #feedmebeautiful on instagram.
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Treat yourself well,
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