I love hot chocolate.
There, I said it... I'm obsessed with hot chocolate. It's more than the delicious, silky, indulgent drink itself. I'm nostalgic for snow storms and marshmallows and sitting around the fire with my family when I drink it. Hot chocolate makes me feel like a kid again.
Unfortunately in my medium-ish old age I've developed a slight issue with dairy, which is actually pretty common for people in their 20s.
With winter finally here in NYC and an impending snow storm hovering over much of the northeast region, I set out to develop a recipe for an uber-rich, vegan / dairy free hot chocolate. The cherry on the top is the Mexican spices to give it a grown-up kick that's to-die-for!
This cup of hot chocolate is approximately 280 calories, so it won't break the bank compared to, for example, a Starbucks hot chocolate which will run you 400+ calories for a grande.
Hope you enjoy!
5.5 oz Almond Milk - Vanilla Unsweetened
2.5 oz Coconut Milk Lite
.5 oz Coconut Milk (Full Fat)
1 oz water
1 tbsp + 1 tsp of Coconut Sugar
14 grams or 2 squares from package of Baker's Bittersweet Baking Chocolate
1/8th tsp of Cinnamon
1 small dash of Cayenne Pepper
1 small dash Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract (Pure)
Small non-stick sauce pot
Serves 1 big cup or 2 really small cups
1. Add liquid ingredients (almond milk + coconut milk lite and full fat + water) and coconut sugar to small sauce pan. Whisk together.
2. Turn heat on low. The key to this is LOW & SLOW! Keep slowly whisking!
3. After approximately a min and half, add the cocoa powder and whisk, whisk, whisk.
4. After the cocoa powder has been fully incorporated, add the solid chocolate.
5. Note: Don't bother shaving your chocolate into the sauce pan, it will just melt and stick to the microplane.
6. Use the wooden spoon to gently stir the solid chocolate into the mixture. Make sure it isn't sticking to the bottom of the pan, because that will make it burn.
7. Make sure you keep it on low & slow, you don't want the mixture to boil. If it does, remove from heat for 30 second intervals while stirring constantly.
8. After a min or so, add the spice and vanilla extract. Then continue to stir with the wooden spoon.
9. After the spices have been incorporated, pour into a mug and serve!
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