Who doesn’t love a cup of hot chocolate when winter arrives?? We may not have any of the fluffy white stuff (hello East Coast…please send some over here) but we still have our share of rainy, gloomy, and did I mention rainy days! My sisters and I joke that from January until May we go into hibernation. But for real. You know the feeling when you wake up in the morning and it’s dark, and then you get home from work and it’s still dark. Yeah, that’s winter for you.
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The stretch of 3 months (let’s be real it’s really 4 or 5) where winter abides, can be long. The cure for the winter blues: Cozy nights curled up with some hot chocolate. I’ve worked on this recipe for a bit and I think I finally nailed it. Everyone has given it the thumbs up! This is a dairy- free version. I try and not have dairy and feel so much better when I don’t. And let’s be honest, most pre-packaged hot chocolates are full of processed sugar, corn syrup, and hydrogenated junk…no thanks! So through some trial and error, I came up with a dairy-free hot chocolate recipe thats full of nutrients. It really is so yummy, even my husband loves it. An epic success on my part.
So here’s what you need:
- Hemp Milk (Make sure it doesn’t have Carrageenan in it)
- Raw Honey (try to get local if possible, great for allergies, found this at Costco)
- 100% Cacao Powder (Packed full of antioxidants, magnesium and iron)
- Organic Full Fat Coconut Milk (Such a healthy fat, I like Native Forest because the can is BPA free)
- Vanilla Stevia
3/4 cup of Coconut Milk (roughly half the can)
1/3 cup of Hemp Milk
1 Tbls. 100% Cacao Powder (more or less depending on how much chocolate you like)
1Tbls. Raw Honey
1-2 drops of Vanilla Stevia (more or less depending on how sweet you want it)
- Pour the can of coconut milk into a separate container and whisk until cream and liquid are blended. (When you open coconut milk it has a liquid part and a cream part, this helps to get even liquid and cream when measuring for the hot chocolate)
- Pour coconut milk and hemp milk into pot. Turn the stove to medium low heat and whisk the milks together.
- Add the Cacao powder. (Add more or less depending on how much chocolate you like)
- Whisk away until blended.
- Add in the raw honey and whisk until blended.
- Add in the vanilla stevia and continue whisking. (I usually add 3 drops but if you like your hot chocolate sweeter, feel free to add more)
- Continue whisking until it starts to get steamy.