What a beauty this hot chocolate is. It takes all of 2 minutes to make in the ad breaks of Bachie and you'll be straight back to the couch ready for the rose ceremony! I've added in a few goodies to help your restore your body and relax into a deep sleep - so really, a fabulous addition to your nightly ritual.
For those that really need to justify why they're now going to have nightly hot chocolates, know this:
Adding collagen to your diet (as I have in this recipe) is incredibly beneficial to your health. When it comes to collagen my favourite brand is Great Lakes from iHerb, but there's a few good Australian brands available now, too. Collagen is wonderfully restorative to the intestinal walI, so... great if you've had a compromised gut from food poisoning or chronic health conditions. The stuff is also helpful for protecting joints, supporting insulin regulation and, most importantly, improving your quality of sleep!
The amino acid glycine, which is abundant in collagen, has been shown in several studies to help improve sleep through mediation of excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmission. In two high-quality studies, participants took 3 grams of glycine before bed and experienced significantly improved sleep quality, had an easier time falling asleep and were less tired the following day. Perfect!
Rose petals - well, let's be honest... they make your hot chocolate look pretty darn lovely. If you want, steep your petals in the hot milk prior to drinking it so that your can get some extra flavour in.
Sleepy Time Rose Hot Chocolate (vegan, paleo, ketogenic)
Makes 1 (double quantities for 2 people)
1 cup coconut milk (or almond or any milk your like)
2 tsp collagen hydrolysate powder
1/2 tsp rose water
3 tsp maple syrup (or liquid stevvia of you prefer)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbs carob powder (you can use raw cacao powder but it is caffeinated. So no sleep for you!)
Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to the boil and then reduce to a simmer, continue stirring until the carob is combined. Tip: whack the mixture into a blender prior to heating for a smooth, velvety texture. Serve and top with some fresh rose petals, if you like.