Spiced Bone Broth ChocoLatte
Bone Broth is HOT.
The trend for sipping on the delicate broth gained from the long, slow, cooking of organic chicken carcasses or grass-fed cow bones is on the rise. It’s a delicious example of nose-to-tail eating, an old-fashioned frugality that lets nothing go to waste. It’s also a delicious example of a functional food – a natural source of nutrients that delivers far more than you could ever imagine. You start with a pot of bones, vegetable scraps and a splash of apple cider vinegar. You end up with a pot of liquid gold – brimming full of healthful goodies: essential and non-essential amino acids like gelatin (for your joints) and collagen (for skin and hair); there’s proline, glutamine, arginine (for your intestines); cook onion, garlic and other sulphurous veggies and there’s potassium, glycine and glutathione, all of which your liver loves. As I said, liquid gold.
I started out thinking of combining bone broth with a medicinal mushroom – perhaps reishi to be sipped before bed – particularly good if you’ve been feeling under the weather and sleeping badly. But then this spiced, creamy, oiled-up cup of chocolatey bone broth caught my eye, and I knew I had to give it a go. Sadly, I don’t live in New York, and am unlikely to pop into Brodo’s in the East Village any time soon. But I do have spices and chocolate in my cupboard, and a huge cup of piping hot bone broth on hand.
Brodo’s call it The Swiss Mister. I call it absolutely delicious. Here’s what you need.
45 ml organic coconut milk
2 tbsp cocoa powder
½ tbsp yacon syrup
2 tsp coconut oil or grass-fed butter
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground cardamom
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
350 ml chicken *bone broth
Put all the ingredients, except the bone broth, into a pan and mix to form a thick paste.
Add the chicken broth and heat until hot.
Buzz with a handheld frother to give everything one final mix. If you haven’t got one of these, whizz your ingredients in a blender, NutriBullet or NutriNinja. Last resort is a fork – although you’ll end up with an oily moustache each time you sip.
To serve, pour your Spiced Bone Broth Chocolatte into your favourite cup, and top with a dusting of cocoa powder.
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* I’ve seen Bone Broth in Pret-a-manger, but based on their brief ingredients list of meat extract, bone extract and vegetable extract I kept on searching.
I’ve recently tasted delicious broth from Osius, Bone Broth Company who deliver online at www.osiusbonebroth.co.uk.
There’s also the Borough Broth Company, www.boroughbroth.co.uk, who stock in London and deliver organic bones and carcasses if you’re eager to make your own.
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