During summer, it is fairly easy to get excited and look for a smoothie or a glass of juice to cool you up; however, in winter, you typically crave for hot or warm drinks that can warm you up. Most people find it difficult to think of something aside from a cup of tea. A tea may be an awesome idea, but, there are other ways to mix up warm beverages on a cold winter night.
Here are some of the best hot beverages that you can try on your kitchen.
Hot Chocolate Winter Smoothie
This drink is creamy and thick and decadent as well but not naughty at all.
- 1 banana
- 1 heaped tablespoon of cacao
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 2 medjool dates (or honey)
- 1 cup boiling water/warm almond milk/dandelion tea
- Peanut butter
Blend the ingredients well, pour in a glass, guzzle and then buzz!
Lavish Dandelion Tea
Roasted Dandelion root is a favorite tea of most people; but, the best part is actually lavishing it up using various options.
- 1 teaspoon roasted Dandelion root tea
- Cinnamon to taste
- Ω ñ 1 teaspoon coconut nectar, maple syrup or honey
- An inch of a vanilla bean
- Almond milk, optional
Steep the dandelion tea in hot boiling water and add cinnamon, vanilla bean and sweetener with a mesh strainer or a tea ball. Let stay for at least a minute or two then add milk if preferred.
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 2 teaspoons maca powder
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
- a pinch of sea salt
- a pinch of cinnamon powder
- a pinch of cayenne pepper
- a pinch of ginger powder
- a small piece of scraped vanilla bean, optional
- 1 Ω cups milk or water
Bring the water or milk to a boil and let it cool a little. If you are using raw Nut milk, avoid heating to more than 42∞C or 118∞F. Whisk the dry ingredients in. Serve immediately.
Spicy Rice Milk
- 1/2 cup brown rice
- 6 to 8 cups of water
Spicy rice milk:
- 1 1/2 cups rice milk
- 5-10 cardamom pods
- 1 cinnamon stick
- a knob of fresh ginger
- 5 cloves of garlic
- 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean
- raw honey, to serve
Prepare the rice milk 2-5 hours prior. Put the water and brown rice in the saucepan. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer for up to 40 minutes, until the brown rice is squashy. Now, put the cooked rice and water into a food processor and blitz to smoothness or until creamy. Then let the mixture stay for an hour before draining through a sieve.
To prepare the spicy rice milk, combine all ingredients in the saucepan and heat until it boils. Remove from the heat and let stand for 15 minutes, covered. Drain the spices off and add honey to sweeten it if desired. Enjoy while it is still warm.