Hot chocolate anyone? Yesterday my mom and I visited a German Christmas Market. It was quaint and cold and festive. As we walked around, popping from vendor to vendor, my nose started to chill and my toes started to freeze. It’s finally winter friends– especially up here in Michigan. (Thankful for these). My mom and I didn’t buy any holiday trinkets, but we did watch the tree lighting and just marveled at the beauty of an illuminated Christmas tree. It brings me all sorts of warm fuzzies. The next booth was a chocolatier selling truffles and hot cocoa mix. We tried some samples and went on our way, but I haven’t been able to get that hot chocolate off my mind since.
And wouldn’t you know it, today our heat won’t quite work, and I’m cozied inside studying for exams. I whipped up some hot cocoa this morning and deemed it the creamiest I’ve ever tasted. The flavor profile is perfect; with some unique ingredients, it’s a treat your body will thank you for. Cacao is a raw form of chocolate–with more antioxidants intact. I find it delicious, but you can also use regular cocoa powder if that’s what you have. Maca is full of vitamins and a good dose of energy. I love the malty taste, but this ingredient is optional as well. A quick note; this drink isn’t super sweet, so add sweetener if you’d like! In the other direction, I’ve also included some optional add-ins that can make that flavor profile more unique–ginger for spice, cayenne for heat, or peppermint for a holiday twist.
So mix up this hot chocolate, grab a cookie, and check out my favorite links from around the interwebs this week:
- 1 cup canned coconut milk (can use any type of milk, but I find this to be the creamiest)
- 1 Tbsp chocolate chips (I used dark)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp cacao powder (can use cocoa powder instead)
- 3 Tbsp water
- 1 tsp maca (optional)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 1 Tbsp sweetener (optional, I omitted)
- Optional: ¼ tsp ginger, ¼ tsp cayenne, or ¼ tsp peppermint extract
- Whisk coconut milk, chocolate chips, and vanilla in in a pot on the stove until simmering.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together water and cacao powder. Add maca, if using, cinnamon and sea salt. Add any sweetener or optional flavors at this time.
- Add both mixtures into a blender cup.
- Blend for a few seconds until frothy and pour into a mug.
- Top with marshallows and enjoy!