Hey 2017! How ya doing? We’ve been waiting for you! Thanks for showing up, let’s make this year a cracker, yeah?! I hope everyone had a banger of a Christmas and a sparkly new year?! I spent some much-needed quality time with my family, hanging out, playing charades and eating ALL THE sprouts. I had to work between Christmas and New Year, and I’m not gonna lie, it bummed me out, but hey, I like my job and there are worse things to be doing. We had a very quiet evening on New Years Eve, curled up on the sofa under some blankets and watching films. I know everyone has been saying how sucky 2016 was, but amidst the political nightmares, the deaths and the woes, 2016 was really good to me. Continuing this blog has opened up some amazing opportunities for which I am so grateful. We bought our first (non-floating) home, settled into our new suburbs and played house. We even got 2 gorgeous cats that I have fallen head over heals in love with. Yeah, 2016 had some bumps, but it was good to me. I’m excited to see what 2017 will bring.
So I am celebrating the new year with this Vegan Hazelnut Hot Chocolate. I know, my last recipe was chocolate based, but what can I say, I’m a chocolate fanatic. Some of you may have heard of Veganuary – launched in 2014, Veganuary is a global charity that encourages people to go vegan for January. It’s a great idea to help raise awareness of the benefits of becoming vegan. This recipe is an ode to the great cause. If you aren’t ready to go vegan yet, how about committing to Meat Free Monday instead? Small changes make ripples which can spread and grow.
This Vegan Hazelnut Hot Chocolate is rich, creamy and nutty. Made with hazelnut milk and butter for extra nuttiness, it’s a chocolate nut lovers dream. I’m also offering one lucky reader the chance to win a selection of goodies from Healthy Supplies – worth over £50! Healthy Supplies stock a whole array of items from dried fruits to nut butters to superfood powders and more. Many of their products can be bought in bulk and will save you £££ in the long run.
The lucky winner will receive:
- Raw Cacao Powder
- Organic Chestnut Flour
- Organic Millet Grain
- Organic Golden Millet Flour
- Organic Pumpkin Seeds
- Freeze Dried Cranberry Powder
- Freeze Dried Blueberry Powder
- Hazelnut Butter
- Organic Cacao Nib Cashew Butter
- Organic Date Syrup
One of my favourite gifts this year was these gorgeous hand-made mugs, a gift from my brother and his girlfriend. I can’t stop using them! I love the speckled glaze and texture to them. I want to steadily fill l replace my old dinner plates and crockery with beautiful pieces like these mugs. Now, let’s drink and get cosy shall we?
- 500ml / 2 cups hazelnut milk
- 40g vegan dark chocolate - broken into pieces
- 1 heaped tablespoon raw cacao powder
- 2 tablespoons hazelnut butter
- 1 tablespoon date syrup (maple or agave would also work)
- In a pan on a low heat, gently simmer the milk. Stir in the chocolate pieces.
- Once the chocolate has started to melt, whisk in all other ingredients.
- Whisk until hot.
- If the mixture looks a little bumpy (from the hazelnut butter) then add to a blender and blend for 20 seconds.
- Pour into mugs and enjoy straight away.
Terms and conditions:
Only open to entrants from UK mainland over the age of 18.
There is one prize of the selection of Healthy Supplies goodies, listed above. There’s no cash alternative and the prize is not transferable. No part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions.
Instructions form part of the terms and conditions. Entries using any software or automated process to make bulk entries will obviously be disqualified. The winner will be picked at random using software and then contacted by email. If you win and then don’t respond to this email within 5 days then another winner will be picked. The prize will be delivered to the winner as soon as possible after you have e-mailed your delivery address.
I am running this giveaway on behalf of Healthy Supplies who will be responsible for sending the prize to you if you win.
Please don’t say you have done something eg followed me on Instagram if you haven’t, all entries are double checked.
Disclaimer: Many thanks to Healthy Supplies who sent me the selection of ingredients, all opinions are my own and I was not paid for this post.