Oaty Chocolate Hot Smoothie - a quick and healthy hot smoothie for a cold day. Notice that refreshingly cold smoothies don't have the same appeal during wintry weather? Give your smoothies a winter makeover by serving them hot and toasty. (It's not as strange as it sounds—we promise!) This ice-free, warm smoothie recipe will warm you up after a chilly morning run.



15g/0.5oz dark chocolate, chopped (check the brand for gluten free if required) 200ml/6.75floz almond milk 20g/0.7oz rolled oats (check the brand for gluten free if required) ½ a ripe, medium sized banana 6 almonds 5g/0.2oz chia seeds 20ml/0.7floz cold water



Add the dark chocolate to a jug and pour in the almond milk. Microwave until the mixture is warm and the chocolate has melted (you can do this in a pan if you prefer). Add the oats, banana, almonds, chia seeds, the water and approx. a fifth of the almond milk to your smoothie maker or blender. Add in an extra splash of cold water if you think the liquid is too warm (see warning above about hot liquids and smoothie makers). Blend on high for a minute until the oats and chia seeds have been completely incorporated. Whilst it's blending, further heat the rest of the almond/chocolate mix until hot, but not boiling. Pour the blended oat mix into your cup, stir in the almond/chocolate mix and serve.




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