Some days I appreciate my job more than usual. When you wake up to the sound of autumn rain against the bedroom window, it’s pitch black outside and you’re as tired as if you haven’t slept at all that night. Days when you just want to crawl back into bed and ignore the fact that you’re a grown-up and have a job. As soon as I open my eyes I know if it’s one of those days. I can feel it in my entire body, but I can’t really explain what it is I’m feeling. It’s just something. What I do know is that those days require something extra. I always put on my cosiest sweater and yoga pants and then the kitchen hunt starts.
I know that only my post-breakfast cup of tea won’t do, I need something better than that. There are literally two options, I either find or make a delicious snack to have with my tea (like my chocolate balls with cashew butter), or I make some sort of latte (velvet, matcha, turmeric). Or, I make myself a warming cup of hot chocolate. On really gray days, the latter is to prefer.
I light a few candles and while slowly sipping on my cup of hot chocolate I can start working. As soon as I’ve started working it usually feels much better. Gray and rainy days are when I feel the most inspired, so it’s not like I don’t like it. It’s just that it sometimes takes me a little longer to get started. But I’m so happy that I’ve managed to create my own business so that I, to some extent, can work with things that feels right for the day. Sometimes you just need to start your day trying out a new recipe instead of writing copy or answering emails. As long as you can keep up with your deadlines, you can usually make some changes to your weekly schedule if that’s what you need.
Now, about that hot chocolate. I’ve shared recipes for that on the blog before, but I believe that one can’t have too many hot chocolate recipes. Normally, I love to keep my recipes simple and rather basic, but I got to admit that basic can be a little boring sometimes. So, when I was in a big need of something extra the other morning, I decided to add a few new things to my otherwise so basic hot chocolate recipe. Since I’ve started working on a few Christmas recipes for the blog, the only things I could think of adding was Christmas-y flavors like orange and cinnamon. So that’s what I did. And I must say that the combination was spot on. Chocolate and orange is a pretty popular combination of flavors, and it turned out that it was just as good in drinks as it is in cakes and sweets.
Let’s have a look at the recipe!
Warming hot chocolate with orange and vanilla
250 ml oat milk 3% (I used Oatly iKaffe)
1 tbsp cocoa
1 cinnamon stick
Orange peel from 1/4 organic orange, finely grated
Pinch of vanilla bean powder
25 g vegan dark chocolate
Cocoa powder, to dust
Add oat milk, cocoa, cinnamon stick and orange peel to a small saucepan.
Bring the plant milk to a simmer while constantly whisking.
Add vanilla and stir in the dark chocolate. Whisk until the chocolate is completely melted.
Discard the cinnamon stick and pour the chocolate into a cup.
Dust with cocoa powder and serve.