Happy Very First Day of December! Yes! It’s officially “Christmas Season”, the glorious time of year when you put up your tree, and get out Christmas-themed baking things and are reminded of the real reasons we celebrate! (Hint: it’s not Black Friday sales). Today I want to share with you a special new recipe that fits right in with the cooler nights and holiday season. Hot chocolate! Now, this isn’t regular hot chocolate. This is special. It doesn’t have any dairy or nuts or white sugar or weird things. It’s entirely likely that you will have everything you need to make it in your cupboards right now! (even better!)
I love having a special warm drink, but I hate it when it’s full of horrifying chemicals and gross powdered items. Not fun. So, I’ve gone back to roots of this warm Christmas drink, and stripped it down so that it’s still completely warm and sweet and full of cocoa-goodness, but not full of unnecessary things.
Also, keep an eye out later this week for a new Christmas video I’m working on! (It’s all about books and treats, and special things I love during this time of year). If you want to be sure not to miss when it comes out, you can follow me on Twitter or Facebook, or subscribe to my YouTube channel.
Back on topic: the recipe!
Rich and Creamy Holiday Hot Chocolate (Naturally Sweet)
Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 5-8 minutes
- 3/4 C Non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened soy milk)
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 pinch Sea salt
- 1/2 tsp Agave nectar
- 1 tbsp Honey
- 1/8 tsp Vanilla extract
- In a small saucepan, heat the non-dairy milk over medium heat, stirring frequently until just heated through.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the remainder of the ingredients until they are thoroughly combined (It might take a minute for the cocoa to mix in, but resist the urge to add more honey. It will mix in eventually).
- When the non-dairy milk is heated through, whisk in the cocoa-mixture thoroughly and continue to heat for 1-5 minutes. (Note: You don’t want it to boil, because the non-dairy milk burns very easily and will change in flavour).
- Serve hot with Christmas treats or on its own!
Remember to send me a picture of your hot chocolate masterpieces!
Let me know in the comments below what your favorite holiday drink is! Is it hot cider? Egg nog? Peppermint tea? I’d love to hear what your favorite recipes are too!
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