White Hot Chocolate (Inspired by The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)

This frothy and creamy white hot chocolate is dairy-free and made with healthy ingredients! It's inspired by The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, but it's lovely to enjoy with any book! -- The Nourishing Gourmet

By Katie Mae Stanley of Nourishing Simplicity

Rich and creamy, this dairy-free white hot chocolate transports you to the land of Narnia.

As winter melts into spring I can’t help but to think of the magical land of Narnia as it was right before Aslan returned, in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It was a cold and bleak place, with no hope for the future, a world of never ending winter.

Edmund followed his sister Lucy through the wardrobe, unable to find her, he found himself alone and cold in the snowy woods.

To his surprise a “Queen” better known as the White Witch pulled up beside him in her sleigh. Once she realized he was a “son of Adam” she changed from harsh creature to a flattering and almost nurturing type. Despite Edmund’s trepidations he was beguiled but the promise of warmth, a hot drink, Turkish delight, and ultimately a kingdom.

Edmund felt much better as he began to sip the hot drink. It was something he has never tasted before, very sweet and foamy and creamy, and it warmed him right down to his toes

~C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe 

White Hot Chocolate Quote

I always wished that I could be Edmond just for a few minutes so I could savor the delicious, hot drink and Turkish Delight too!  It left me wondering what that very sweet and foamy and creamy could possibly be.

It couldn’t be classic hot cocoa since that was already popular in England. It occurred to me that it very well could be a white hot chocolate, which is oh so creamy, and not commonly drank at that time.

This is not your regular white hot chocolate made with the bars you see in the store, instead, it is made with cocoa butter. Cocoa butter gives the drink a smooth and creamy texture with just a hint of chocolate essence.

Curl up with your loved ones and this drink, to enjoy the story once again or for the very first time before winter melts into spring!

OTHER RECIPES INSPIRED BY BOOKS

Ingredients and Equipement: 

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White Hot Chocolate

Ingredients: 

  • 3 cups almond milk (or other milk/milk substitute)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa butter, grated
  • 1 vanilla bean, caviar scraped out
  • 1/8 tsp unrefined salt

Directions:

1. Split the vanilla bean in half and scrape the caviar (insides) out with a sharp knife.

2. In a small sauce pot, combine the milk, maple syrup (honey), cocoa butter, vanilla, and salt. Warm over medium heat until the milk is warm and the cocoa butter is melted.

3. Pour into two mugs and froth with a milk frother if desired.

White Hot Chocolate (Inspired by The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)
 
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups almond milk (or other milk/milk substitute)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup or raw honey
  • 2 TBS cocoa butter
  • 1 vanilla bean, caviar scraped out
  • ⅛ tsp unrefined salt
Instructions
  1. Split the vanilla bean in half and scrape the caviar (insides) out with a sharp knife.
  2. In a small sauce pot, combine the milk, maple syrup (honey), cocoa butter, vanilla, and salt. Warm over medium heat until the milk is warm and the cocoa butter is melted.
  3. Pour into two mugs and froth with a milk frother if desired.

 

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Golden Milk: Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Milk

This delicious traditional drink is a wonderful way to enjoy anti-inflammatory (and delicious spices).  It's gently sweetened with honey (you can use manuka honey for added benefits!) -This is a great beverage to enjoy right before bed. It's so creamy and comforting. - The Nourishing Gourmet

Comforting, rich, and deliciously spiced, this wonderful beverage has a lot of oomph from anti-inflammatory spices. I used to be wary of this beverage because I find that one of the main ingredients – turmeric – can easily overpower certain dishes. I figured that something as gentle as milk could especially be overwhelmed with it.

I was wrong.

This is delicious! This is a traditional Indian Ayurveda beverage that harnesses some of the most potent known spices. I recently started drinking golden or turmeric milk (traditionally named: Haldi Ka Goodh) for it’s anti-inflammatory and immune building properties, but I was pleased to find that I love its taste.

Being on the AIP diet right now limits certain foods and beverages, including coffee. But I’ve found a lot of enjoyment with what I’m left with, such as this recipe.

Some of the ingredients in this recipe are some of the most researched too. For example, check out this overview of some of the research conducted on ginger and this one (out of hundreds) on turmeric – including both of their potential anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties .

If you want to read some of the research done on these two spices so far, you can search the website NCBI. Very interesting information! Because of studies that I read on this site about manuka honey, I try to have it on hand (You can read these four studies on manuka honey to give you an idea of possible benefits: 1, 2, 3, 4). Because of the possible benefits, I have been using manuka honey in this recipe, and it’s very delicious! But any favorite honey will work.

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This delicious traditional drink is a wonderful way to enjoy anti-inflammatory (and delicious spices).  It's gently sweetened with honey (you can use manuka honey for added benefits!) -This is a great beverage to enjoy right before bed. It's so creamy and comforting. - The Nourishing Gourmet

This is the brand of manuka honey I happen to have on my shelf right now.

What I love about this recipe is that it combines traditional wisdom with well-researched ingredients. On that same note, pepper and turmeric are traditionally combined in Indian recipes, and it turns out that science has finally confirmed that not only is this a delicious flavor combination, but the pepper is what allows the good stuff from turmeric to be bioavailable to us! (Source)

Note to my AIP friends, if you are still on the strict form of the AIP diet, you can’t have pepper yet. However, it’s often one of the first things people add back in, so you may be able to add it in quickly. Until then, this still tastes delicious without it. Follow the link below to find out what coconut cream I use that is AIP-friendly.

Ingredients:

Other Dairy-Free beverages you may enjoy:

This delicious traditional drink is a wonderful way to enjoy anti-inflammatory (and delicious spices).  It's gently sweetened with honey (you can use manuka honey for added benefits!) -This is a great beverage to enjoy right before bed. It's so creamy and comforting. - The Nourishing Gourmet

Golden Milk – Hot Turmeric Milk

You will see that I have a list of other possible additions to this recipe. All of them are good. But it tastes great just with the basics too (which is what I use most of the time). I recommend that you start with the lowest amount of ginger and turmeric for your first cup.

Ingredients:

  •  ½ cupCoconut Cream and ½ cup of filtered water, or 1 cup of coconut milk (or milk of choice.)
  • ½-3/4 teaspoon Ginger
  • ½-3/4 teaspoon Turmeric
  • Dash of freshly ground pepper, optional for those on AIP
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons honey (I used, Manuka honey, see above), or to taste
  • Other possible additions: ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon cardamom

Directions:

1. In a small pot, heat the coconut cream and water (or coconut milk), ginger, turmeric, and ground pepper until just simmering. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to steep for ten to twenty minutes (not completely necessary, but will give the flavors time to meld).

2. Reheat to the desired temperature. I heat until it’s warm to the touch, but not hot so that it doesn’t cook my raw honey when I add it. Stir in honey to taste, and enjoy.

Serves 1

Golden Milk - Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Milk
 
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup coconut cream and ½ cup of filtered water, or 1 cup of coconut milk (or milk of choice.)
  • ½-3/4 teaspoon ginger
  • ½-3/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • Dash of freshly ground pepper, optional for those on AIP
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons honey (I used manuka honey, see above), or to taste
  • Other possible additions: ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon cardamom
Instructions
  1. In a small pot, heat the coconut cream and water (or coconut milk), ginger, turmeric, and ground pepper until just simmering. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to steep for ten to twenty minutes (not completely necessary, but will give the flavors time to meld).
  2. Reheat to the desired temperature. I heat until it’s warm to the touch, but not hot so that it doesn’t cook my raw honey when I add it. Stir in honey to taste, and enjoy.

 

Cinnamon Dandelion Tea With Milk & Honey (Inspired by Stuart Little)

Cinnamon Dandelion Tea - This delicious and healthy herbal tea is fun to sip while reading Stuart Little (the book inspired the recipe!) -- The Nourishing Gourmet

By Renee, from Raising Generation Nourished

Warm & comforting, this herbal tea has a kid friendly twist to celebrate the story of Stuart Little!

This fall brought a bit of a season of life transition for me. As I straddle the season of babyhood and school aged children, I’m torn between my heart being sad at my last baby turning 2 and the joy of finally getting full nights of sleep after the last 7 years of pregnancy and nursing babies!

While I savor every “first” and “last” of my last baby, unsure of how navigating out of babyhood will feel, my oldest who is 6 1/2 gives me glimpses of what it will be like to have these little people in the house that can actually converse with me and show amazing creativity and intellect. A first grader now, she comes home from school with adventurous stories about her day and it is so fun to have someone to talk to after all day with a 2 year old!

One of the things my oldest and I have started picking up in the last year is reading chapter books together. While my little book worm started reading pretty early and loves to read on her own, there is just something about this age and being read to. You can physically see the imagination playing in their heads sometimes. And the conversation is always so good.

Stuart Little was under the Christmas tree this year and it is just one of those nostalgic books I was excited to share with her. We started reading it a few weeks back and it has been fun to share the story with her.

Toward the end of the story, Stuart Little spends a day preparing a boat for his date with Miss Ames, and after his long day “he prepared a light supper of dandelion milk and ham.” We haven’t reached that part in the book yet but my plan is to prepare some dandelion tea to have with her when we reach the end of the story. It is rare that I get secluded one on one time with her these days, but we are able to sneak in 10 or 15 minutes to talk and have tea during little one’s naps, and it is so special.

This simple herbal tea is warm and comforting. While dandelion root can be quite bitter by itself, when roasted it gives a warmth to the tea and to make it especially kid friendly I figured adding a cinnamon stick to stir in some raw honey would be the perfect addition. Adding a splash of raw milk or coconut milk is the perfect touch too!

Cinnamon Dandelion Tea - This delicious and healthy herbal tea is fun to sip while reading Stuart Little (the book inspired the recipe!) -- The Nourishing Gourmet

Resources:

More warming teas you might enjoy:

For The Love of Food & Books :: Cinnamon Dandelion Tea With Milk & Honey Inspired by Stewart Little

CINNAMON DANDELION TEA WITH MILK & HONEY

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups boiling water water
  • 2 tsp roasted dandelion root (or use dandelion root tea bags)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2-3 tsp raw honey to taste
  • Splashes of raw milk, cream, or coconut milk to taste

Directions:

  1. Add the dandelion root and cinnamon sticks to the hot water, cover, and steep 5-10 minutes.
  2. Strain off the dandelion root and put a cinnamon stick in each tea cup.
  3. Warm up the dandelion tea stovetop if you like it hotter, and then pour the prepared tea into your tea cups and use the cinnamon sticks as stir sticks to stir in the raw honey and milk to taste.

For The Love of Food & Books :: Cinnamon Dandelion Tea With Milk & Honey Inspired by Stewart Little
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups boiling water water
  • 2 tsp roasted dandelion root (or use roasted dandelion root tea bags)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2-3 tsp raw honey to taste
  • Splashes of raw milk, cream, or coconut milk to taste
Instructions
  1. Add the dandelion root and cinnamon sticks to the hot water, cover, and steep 5-10 minutes.
  2. Strain off the dandelion root and put a cinnamon stick in each tea cup.
  3. Warm up the dandelion tea stovetop if you like it hotter, and then pour the prepared tea into your tea cups and use the cinnamon sticks as stir sticks to stir in the raw honey and milk to taste.

 

London Fog: Earl Grey Latte

A delicious, creamy, dairy-free Earl Grey delight that is perfect for a chilly or rainy day. Warms you down to your toes. Paleo and AIP-friendly. The perfect treat for an overcast day! – The Nourishing Gourmet

The full flavor of Earl Grey tea is enhanced with vanilla and steamed coconut milk for an amazing dairy-free tea latte. With grey skies above and a chilly rain falling, this seemed fitting and appropriate for a delicious hot drink when I was first introduced to it. Now when the day seems a little depressing, I turn to this special drink for a pick-me-up for both my spirits and energy. It helps so much! It’s also AIP compliant.

On a cold drizzling day I was looking for a place to have a cup of tea while I wrote, and I ended up seeing London Fog on a menu as a new item to try. I’m so glad that I did! This drink originated in Canada, where weather can be chilly during the winter, and this is just the right type of drink to enjoy on a grey afternoon or morning.

Earl Grey has always been a favorite tea of mine, but I never thought to make it into a tea latte. For those who like variety from coffee, or who don’t indulge in coffee, this drink gives you the frothy milky experience without coffee beans. I truly do love it. Another tea latte recipe is this Pumpkin Chai Latte recipe. Yum!

What makes a London Fog

To make a London Fog you need a couple of ingredients – Earl Grey tea, vanilla, sweetener of choice,  and milk of choice. Of course, you could use regular milk in this recipe with no problem. I’ve made mine dairy-free with the use of coconut milk, which is also AIP (Autoimmune Protocol Diet) safe. Another dairy-free option, though not AIP, would be homemade almond milk – very creamy and decadent. Some of the local shops in my area also use homemade coconut milk in their dairy-free lattes, and I plan on trying that too!

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A couple of notes on ingredients:

  • To be fully AIP, I use this gum-free Coconut Cream.
  • Also, my understanding is that for AIP recipes, you should use an alcohol-free vanilla extract .
  • Loose tea is always going to give the best flavor. Though I also tested this recipe with this brand of organic Earl Grey. I liked using heaping portions of loose tea, or double bags of Earl Grey as I like a strong cup of tea.
  • Honey makes a perfect sweetener for this drink! The two teaspoons give a very nice sweetness to make this a special drink – especially for those of us who are used to unsweetened teas. In fact, with the natural sweetness of the coconut milk and vanilla, you could get away with using less. However, I will admit that the cup I had at my local shop used much more honey, so sweeten to taste, as desired.

A delicious, creamy, dairy-free Earl Grey delight that is perfect for a chilly or rainy day. Warms you down to your toes. Paleo and AIP-friendly. The perfect treat for an overcast day! – The Nourishing Gourmet

London Fog: An Earl Grey Latte

Ingredients:

  • 1 (or 2) tea bag, half a cup of water, 2-3 brew time
  • ¼ cup each water and coconut cream, or 1/2 cup of coconut milk or milk of choice
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

1. Brew tea according to the directions for you tea (it can vary a bit) in about ½ cup of water. I like a stiff cup of tea, so I brew on the longer side and do heaping servings of loose tea or double tea bags.

2. While the tea is brewing, heat your milk of choice in a small saucepan along with the honey over medium heat. Using a wide whisk, whisk the milk as it heats until it is just hot. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract. Remove tea bags from the cup, and pour the steamed milk into the cup. Enjoy.

London Fog: Earl Grey Latte
 
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 (or 2) tea bag, half a cup of water, 2-3 brew time
  • ¼ cup each water and coconut cream, or ½ cup of coconut milk or milk of choice
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Brew tea according to the directions for you tea (it can vary a bit) in about ½ cup of water. I like a stiff cup of tea, so I brew on the longer side and do heaping servings of loose tea or double tea bags.
  2. While the tea is brewing, heat your milk of choice in a small saucepan along with the honey over medium heat. Using a wide whisk, whisk the milk as it heats until it is just hot. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract. Remove tea bags from the cup, and pour the steamed milk into the cup. Enjoy.