One of the most enjoyable activities at Christmas is to simply snuggle up to watch a holiday movie with a steaming cup of Hot Cocoa! It’s certainly a tradition we look forward to every year. Instead of using the expensive store bought stuff (that is also filled with artificial ingredients) we make up our own. It’s easy, scrumptious and has a special ingredient that is going to surprise you!
Cardamom. Surprised? It’s usually found in Indian food recipes and aside from being a natural sweetener it’s packed with good benefits! It has been found to be very beneficial in aiding asthma and bronchitis, can fight cancer very effectively, is used to ease nausea, bloating and heartburn. Cardamom can also lower blood pressure and fight depression! Pretty cool secret ingredient isn’t it? We think it should be the new super food 😉
We always use cacao instead of cocoa ( like in our Coconut Cacao Bars, Healthy Chocolate Bites and Chocolate Stevia Shake). There are so many benefits to cacao that we fit it in whenever we can. However, if you don’t have any on hand you can still use cocoa. Cacao is much stronger than cocoa so you will need to increase the amount of cocoa.
We wanted to share a list of our favorite Christmas movies with you today too! There are so many that warm our hearts and are perfect for any family movie night. They are tried and true from our family to yours 🙂
6 cups milk or 5 cups milk and 1 cup cream
2 Tbs. cacao
½ cup honey
2-3 tsp. cardamom
Add milk, cream (if using), cacao and honey to a saucepan. Whisk on medium heat until desired temperature. It will take a while for the cacao to whisk in. Remove from heat and stir in cardamom.
Now you’re good to go! Grab a mug, select a movie and enjoy a night with the family. Does it get any better than that?
Are you a cardamom fan?