My hubby and I are cozy and warm in our home today, watching the snow drift slowly to the ground from our window. We’ve been living in a winter wonderland as of late; gallivanting in the snow by day, snuggling under bundles of blankets by night. And, of course, hot chocolate whenever possible.
Want some hot chocolate too? You’ll live with delicious recipe with maple whipped cream!
A Winter Tradition
Growing up, my hubby would often cap off time in the snow with a warm mug of hot chocolate. It’s a delicious way to counteract those cold red cheeks and frosty nose. Since it’s a source of giddy nostalgia for one of my favourite people, I’ve made it my mission to create a healthy, delicious hot chocolate of our own.
In my mind it would be simple – mix some cacao powder with maple syrup and a dairy-free milk and, voila, you have hot chocolate. While that equation did create something yummy it was never quite what I imagined. Until I introduced Seva Maple Water into the mix.
This stuff has a wonderful hint of sweetness, and adds some awesome electrolytes, phytohormones, protein, antioxidants and other awesome nutrients like calcium, iron and thiamine. I’m enamoured! And I’ve been adding it to everything I can for a boost of delicious goodness (and drinking it straight ;D).
So if you’re feeling the chill like we are up here in Atlantic Canada, or you just want a cup of healthy, hot chocolate deliciousness, you’ve got to give this Hot Chocolate with a Maple Twist a try.
Hot Chocolate with a Maple Twist
This recipe is Gluten Free and Vegan. Yields 4 servings.
4 Cups of Maple Water (Like Seva)
¾ Cups of Cacao Powder (Like Navitas)
1 Cup of Maple Syrup
1 Can of Full Fat Coconut Milk
Refrigerate the can of coconut milk overnight. Scoop out the fat and set aside to make the Whipped Cream (see below). Add the rest of the milk to the Hot Chocolate recipe.
Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sauce pan and whisk until well blended. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from the stove and pour into mugs (be careful – it’s hot). Let cool as you prep the whipped cream.
Maple Whipped Cream
Fat from the Can of Coconut Milk
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
Cacao Nibs for topping
Place the solid fat from the coconut milk can into a small mixing bowl. Add the maple syrup and whip until smooth.
Scoop a couple of teaspoons into your hot chocolate and garnish with Cacao Nibs. The whipped cream will melt and sit on top, making delicious foam.
Not only does this lovely creation bring back childhood memories of cozy winter nights, it’s delicious ingredients have so much health supporting nutritious value! In my Health-Esteem books, that’s a win!
Here’s to warmth and sweetness!
Health and love,
Thought of the day: Nostalgia is a glorious adventure back in time.
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