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Healthy and Delicious Hot Chocolate

Photo credit: Purple Sprout Café

"Our awesome customers told us numerous times that this is the best hot chocolate they’ve ever tried; rich, decadent and warming. Remember to always use organic ingredients,” says Irina Kuznetsova, co-owner of the Purple Sprout Café andJuice Bar, in Wheeling.

Best-Ever Hot Chocolate

Yields: 2 servings

16 oz (2 cups) almond milk (homemade is best, or other plant-based “mylk”)

3-4 Tbsp maple syrup or date nectar

2 tsp tapioca or arrowroot flour

¼ cup cacao or carob powder

Pour the milk into a small pot and whisk in the tapioca.

Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.

Add the rest of the ingredients in and simmer for another minute.

Decorate with melted sugar-free vegan chocolate (for optimum health) and coconut cream.

Recipe courtesy of Purple Sprout Cafe and Juice Bar, 341 E. Dundee Rd., Wheeling. For more information, call 224-223-7133 or visit