Nothing goes hand in hand with winter quite like Hot Chocolate. When the winter chill has weaseled it’s way into your core, a nice, steaming cup of hot chocolate does wonders to loosen it’s grips. My husband LOVES it… I think many of those living in a winter wonderland are hot chocolate fans. Unfortunately, I am the odd man out. I’m not a fan of hot drinks… and so, I often enjoy my ‘hot’ chocolate cold. Thank goodness for freezers. But, hot or cold, the flavour is always marvelous. Chocolate is the ultimate soul food, am I right?!
Unfortunately, my tastes in drinks often leads me to forget to treat my hubby, Adrien, to hot chocolate! I realized this yesterday and decided to create something special for him. And since I am certain that many of you share the hot chocolate love, I’m happy to provide you with the recipe. I, of course, enjoyed it cold. Something you can do as well if you share my tastes!
Homemade Creamy Hot Chocolate
Serves 2. This recipe is Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Refined Sugar Free.
For the Hot Chocolate
2 Cans Organic, Full Fat Coconut Milk
1/2 Cup Cacao Butter (I use Navitas Naturals)
4 Tbsp Cacao Powder (I use Navitas Naturals)
4 Tbsp Maple Syrup
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Melt the Cacao Butter in a saucepan over low to medium heat.
Scoop the solid fat from the cans of coconut milk and place in a bowl. Put aside for later.
Add the left over liquid from the cans of coconut milk to the sauce pan and mix well.
Throw in the remaining ingredients, mixing until well blended and allow to warm to desired temperature.
For the Cream
The fat from 2 Cans of Organic Coconut Milk
1/4 Cup of Maple Syrup (or to Taste)
Add the maple syrup to the bowl of coconut milk fat that you set aside. Blend well (I prefer to use a hand blender) until you have a whipped cream consistency.
Creamy Hot Chocolate
In 2 large glasses (I used 2 Mason Jars) scoop in the desired amount of whipped cream. I like to divide it evenly between both glasses and save a bit to add on top.
Poor the hot chocolate over the cream. You can mix it well if you wish, or allow the cream and chocolate to remain separate, melting and swirling together in areas.
If you prefer your hot chocolate cold like I do, place the drink immediately in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes to cool.
Are you a warm drink or cold drink person? What are your favourite warming foods? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.
Here’s to a warm, joyous winter and a glorious 2017!
Health and love,
Thought of the day: We mustn’t forget to take the time to bring joy to those around us.
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