a.k.a Healthy “Milo”
I would list Milo as one of my ultimate comfort drinks. I grew up on it, it used to be a must have at every “mamak” session, and on frazzled work days I used to head over to the pantry to make myself a delicious, chocolate, malty drink. It’s probably the one thing that I miss most on my health journey. Since malt has gluten, I found that drinking Milo started to make me unwell. Also, all that refined sugar and, even worse, maltodextrin, isn’t very good for my body either. It was no question that I had to give it up.
Of course, I begin to crave it. And hot chocolate doesn’t always cut it. Sometimes you really need to turn to childhood comfort foods to make the day pass much more easily. And as with a lot of things that drives my blog recipes, I sat down to work on a healthier alternative. It turns out, it’s quite simple to replicate the flavour of malt. I find this Superfood Chocolate Malt drink is just as delicious and comforting as the original!
The “secret ingredient” here is maca powder. Maca is a root vegetable from Peru that is packed with loads of nutrition, hence why it’s classified as a superfood. For ease of consumption, it’s sold in powdered form. Maca is a real powerhouse, delivering big doses of B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin E, as well as minerals such as zinc, calcium and iron. I try to keep up with a regular dose of maca to keep my iron levels up, since I’m prone to anaemia. In addition, maca is touted to help balance your hormones and your mood. Maca has a malty-caramelly taste, and it also boosts energy levels, just like the original product! Do note that maca is a potent superfood, and it is recommended that you start on a low dose first, around half a teaspoon, then work your way up. It is also not advisable to take maca when you’re pregnant.
Of course, the main ingredient is cacao. Cacao is the raw, unprocessed form of cocoa, the wonder ingredient that gives us chocolate. Cacao powder is more expensive than cocoa, but you can easily use cocoa instead. However, do make sure you pick up a non-alkaline processed cocoa – the brand Radiant Foods sells Kokoa powder which is not very expensive. Cacao is a fantastic source of magnesium, which is important for organ function, and also a host of other minerals like iron, calcium, copper, potassium and zinc. It’s antioxidant properties also keeps your immune system running well. Yes, you read right – chocolate is GOOD for you!
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- ½ - 1 teaspoon maca powder
- 1 cup plant-based milk
- ½ - 1 teaspoon rice malt syrup (or other sweetener), to taste
- Heat the plant-based milk of choice on low heat on a stove or in the microwave for a couple of minutes.
- Measure out the cacao and maca powder into your mug.
- Add just a couple of tablespoons of the hot milk first, stirring well so that the powders dissolve without lumps. Then pour over the rest of the milk, add the rice malt syrup and stir well.
Enjoy! xx, Bee