Let’s face it, no matter how much slick marketing they like to spin, the chocolate drink mixes on the market are anything but healthy!
Refined white sugar form the base of these drinks….. and don’t even start me on the artificial additives! While that’s okay in moderation, some kids find it hard to be moderate with chocolate milk. Making your own version at home is not only cheaper, but it’s chockful of nutrients that growing young bodies need. This has a healthier sugar, is high in fibre, gluten free and all natural.
I found this great recipe some time ago on the Thermomix forums, posted by Cathy. The kids love it and I am happy they are drinking something that is good for them.
Healthy, Homemade Milo
So, this is what you need:
3 tablespoons flaxseeds
2 tablespoons organic sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons organic sesame seeds
2 tablespoons organic pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1/3 cup organic almonds
1/4 cup organic brazil nuts
1/4 cup organic cashews
1/4 cup organic pecan nuts
1 cup raw organic cacao powder
1 cup organic rapadura sugar
So, this is how you do it:
Grind all the nuts and seeds together first – use the thermomix on speed 9 for about 10 seconds or use a strong food processor or coffee grinder. The aim is a fine powder, not a paste!
Add cacao powder and rapadura and mix thoroughly. Test a little bit in some milk first – your kids might like it with a little more sugar as rapadura is not as sweet as normal sugar.
To use, just put about 4 teaspoons in a glass of milk and stir briskly. It won’t dissolve completely because of the nuts and seeds. Store it in the fridge for up to two months. If you don’t use a lot, keep it in the freezer.
You can use it in baking, on top of icecream – the possibilities are endless! I have even used it to make yummy truffles – roll teapsoonfuls of homemade nut butter in it!! Ohhhhh, so good!
I love to chat, so if you make it, come back and let me know how you went and if you liked it!