As the temperature drops, we find ourselves craving more warm foods and drinks. Hot chocolate has long been a classic fall/winter drink, even before the ever popular pumpkin spiced latte made it’s way to the list of seasonal drinks. The problem with some of the store bought mixes or premade drinks, is that they are loaded with things that your body would be glad you didn’t give it. One of these being refined sugar…..obviously.
For example, here is a list of ingredients in one of the popular brands of hot chocolate………..
* Sugar, Modified Milk Ingredients, Glucose Solids, Hydrogenated Coconut, Palm Kernel and Soy Oils, Cocoa, Salt, Cellulose Gum, Flavour and Artificial Flavour, Dipotassium Phosphate, Mono- And Diglycerides, Datem, Silicon Dioxide, Guar Gum. ( listed in correct order)
Notice how sugar is the first ingredient? this means that it’s the most abundant ingredient in the product. There’s not one but two types of sugar as well. Hydrogenated oils are also harmful. They are considered a free radical and are known to be the most damaging of all oils. These convenience products definetly aren’t worth saving you 2- 5 minutes of your time.
When making anything homemade, you can add less sweetener or swap it for a healthy alternative. In this recipe, I’ve added pure maple syrup as the sweetener because unlike it’s refined counterpart, it contain minerals like Manganese, Zinc, Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium and it also contains Riboflavin ( B2). I must add that maple syrup shouldn’t be your go to source for these nutrients! It should be viewed as a treat that comes with a little extra nutritional kick 🙂
Rich and Creamy Hot Chocolate
Dairy Free/ GF
Serving Size: Four large mugs
1/3 cup or 5 Tbsp high quality cocoa powder
4 cups of your favorite milk alternative
2 cups full fat coconut milk
1/3 cup pure maple syrup or to taste
1 Tbsp pure vanilla
1-2 pinches of sea salt
1-2 Tbsp water, if needed
Add your cocoa powder to a medium sauce pan. Next, add in your maple syrup and whisk until the mixture turns into a chocolatey syrup. If this takes too long, add in 1-2 tablespoons of water. Slowly pour a few tablespoons of the milk into the chocolate mixture, stirring until combined ( do this one more time, then add in the rest of the milk). Turn your heat to medium high and add in your vanilla and sea salt. Heat hot chocolate until desired temperature, stirring frequently. Optional, blend with a hand held blender for a frothy hot chocolate.
Enjoy a warm hug from me to you 🙂