It’s gradually been getting colder here in Melbourne, and that means by hot drink consumption has increased exponentially! Normally my go-to drink is a steaming mug of peppermint tea, but lately I’ve been favouring a more indulgent approach: vegan hot chocolate.
Du Chocolat is a gluten, diary, nut, wheat, eggs, and yeast free hot chocolate, which is made locally in Melbourne, Australia. It’s sweetened purely with Natvia and is completely fructose free! Natvia contains a blend of erythritol (a sugar alcohol that occurs naturally in fruit and some fermented foods) and steviol glycosides (from the stevia plant). Sugar alcohols have a reputation for causing some unsavoury gastric side effects – and the Du Chocolat packaging does state “excess consumption may have a laxative effect” – but erythritol is actually much less likely to have such effects than other sugar alcohols such as xylitol. This is because 90% of erythritol is absorbed before it enters the large intestine. It is also much more difficult for intestinal bacteria to digest, which means no bloating or gas, and I’ve honestly experienced no side effects myself so far. Ok , ok, I hear you; enough science for now!
I know my sweetener of choice is usually my trusty rice syrup but anything fructose free definitely gets the thumbs up from me, and Natvia has been shown to be completely safe for consumption unlike other sweeteners like aspartame. I’m also not one to count calories, but you might also be interested to know that Natvia is a very low calorie sweetener and so each serving size of 15g of Du Chocolat only contains 10.6 kcal, and only 0.01g of sugars, which are naturally occurring sugars in cocoa.
All in all, I really love this hot chocolate, and the only downside I can think of is that for those of you with a not so sweet tooth this might be too sweet for you, and you’ll want to add an extra teaspoon of pure cacao, which is what I’ve been doing.
Here’s how I’ve been making my vegan hot chocolate:
- 250 mL unsweetened plant milk
- 1 tbsp Du Chocolat
- 1-2 tsp raw cacao
- 1/2 tsp maca (optional – don’t add if you’re drinking this just before bed)
First pour your milk into a jar or mug and warm in the microwave for one minute. While you wait open your canister of Du Chocolat and just inhale those divine smells. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir thoroughly. If you’re feeling really lazy whizz everything up in a blender, or if you want a mini workout just put the lid on the jar and shake. Warm in the microwave for another 90 seconds and enjoy with your favourite jumper and fluffy socks.
Another amazing way to use Du Chocolat is to make hot chocolate oatmeal. Just stir 1 tbsp Du Chocolat into your cooked oats – so creamy and deliciously warming and filling!
Check out their website here: http://www.duchocolat.com.au/
Please note: This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are honest and 100% my own.