October has been a bit of a topsy turvy month, but there has been a definite chill in the air of late, which means time to bring out the hot chocolate again. At the start of the year, I had the most amazing, rich and vegan friendly hot chocolate at Dark Sugars down Brick Lane in Shoreditch, which uses real chocolate. Using real chocolate over a powdered mix feels luxurious, but makes a drink in just five minutes. For this, I’ve used Om Bar’s new Pistachio Centres chocolate, which tastes utterly decadent. Having a creamy centre rather than chunks of pistachio means that the flavour melts right into the drink. Cardamon is one of my favourite species and it works perfectly with the warmth of cacao and nuttiness of pistachio.
Continuously whisking both stops the chocolate from burning at the bottom of the pan, and aerates the milk. You can always use an electric whisk to make your drink even more frothy. Curl up with a cup of this on a Sunday afternoon to slow down your weekend as the nights draw in.
Like this hot chocolate recipe or want to save it for later? Pin the image below so you don’t miss it! Liked this recipe? Try my spiced hot chocolate smoothie or chocolate quinoa cake to get your chocolatey fix in more ways than one.