A cup of hot cocoa is a soothing treat on a cold evening in front of the fire or watching a movie. In this video, I show you how to make this popular cold weather drink in a nutritious but still delicious manner! This is a great addition to the kids’ lunchbox on cold days. Just put in a thermos and it stays nice and warm until lunchtime!
Healthy Hot Cocoa
2 cups fresh whole milk (substitute whole coconut milk for a dairy free alternative)
2 TBL sucanat or rapadura
1 heaping TBL organic carob powder
1 tsp chocolate extract
Sprinkle of organic cinnamon powder or a cinnamon stick (optional)
Warm milk on the stovetop to 117 F. Use a food thermometer or a clean finger to judge the temperature (when it feels hot but doesn’t burn, it’s about 117F). Turn off the heat but leave the pan on the burner. Quickly whisk in sucanat, carob powder and chocolate extract. Add optional cinnamon if desired. Pour into mugs and serve immediately.
In this recipe, each 8 oz serving has 12 g of unrefined sugar compared with 18g or more of refined sugar in one envelope of hot cocoa mix from the store!
* This post is shared at The Nourishing Gourmet.