Picture it: snow falling outside, fire burning, you sitting down on a comfortable chair wrapped up in a blanket drinking healthy hot chocolate.
While I don’t happen to live in an area that gets a lot of snow, I still very much enjoy sipping on a nice cup of hot chocolate in the winter. Something about hot drinks are so comforting and relaxing — that warm sensation you get with each sip (or even simply holding your mug) makes you feel at peace.
I grew up drinking the “hot cocoa” from a packet. You know — the one filled with skim milk, corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, lab-made sugar, and preservatives. But when I realized that the majority of the ingredients in the hot chocolate mix were unhealthy, I stop wanted to drink it.
The problem is that I missed it! I didn’t want to stop drinking it. I wanted to get my hot chocolate “fix” during the winter months. Thankfully, I still could! I found a way to have my hot chocolate and have it be good for me! (Plus, it only takes a few minutes to make.)
Now I want to share it with you. This recipe has been a lifesaver for me the past month, and I hope it comes in handy for you too as you jump on this incredible real food journey!
Hot Chocolate [paleo, aip, dairy-free]
What You’ll Need:
- 10 ounces (1 and 1/4 cup) regular coconut milk from carton (I like SoDelicious and Silk brands the best as they have uncertain flag ingredients)
- 1 Tbsp + 1/2 tsp cacao powder (or carob for aip-friendly)
- Sweetener of choice , to taste (this could be coconut sugar, maple syrup, honey, pure stevia extract, or others). I usually use just 1/4 of a tsp of coconut sugar, but you don’t need as much with carob as you do with cocoa since it’s less bitter — but start with 1/4 tsp and add from there until you reach your desired sweetness.
Heat milk until hot (whatever method you desire). Add ingredients and mix until smooth. Drink up!
* Note: You can make this recipe thicker and creamier by using full-fat coconut milk from the can. I usually use coconut milk from the carton because that’s what I tend to have on hand more often, but it’s great either way (:
What’s your favorite hot drink during the winter months? Let me know in the comments below!
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