We all love a good cup of hot chocolate – decadent and syrupy sweet with a strong chocolatey flavor. Topped with some fluffy white marshmallows. Or maybe more of a mild flavor, like a milk chocolate bar. And I’m sure, if you’re trying to eat healthy, it’s hard to make a copy-cat rendition of Swiss Miss!
While it may be hard, it’s not impossible. 😉 When I make hot chocolate (or hot cocoa) I don’t always make the same recipe… I’m weird like that. I try something new each time, it seems.
This morning, I decided to make some – great replacement for some Joe when you’re trying to cut back on caffeine – but this time I went super simple. Basically hot “chocolate milk.” But don’t be fooled… it may be simple, but if you’re really craving some CHOCOLATE like I was, then let me just say that this will satisfy those cravings once and for all!
“Chocolatey” Hot Chocolate
2 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
2-3 cups unsweetened Almond milk
1/2 cup sweetener (stevia/erythritol, honey, etc)
Start by placing baking chocolate in a saucepan to melt. When it’s almost melted, start whisking in the milk. Stir on medium heat until warmed and thoroughly mixed. Lastly, add sweetener. If so desired, froth in a blender for extra fullness. (I am obsessed with frothing…)
Not only is this version low calorie, but it’s also dairy free and sugar free – as long as you don’t use sugar for sweetener.
Of course, there are other ways I like to make hot chocolate. I do not always have baking chocolate on hand so it’s normally cocoa that I use. Sometimes I like to add about a tablespoon of butter or coconut oil, for extra ‘healthiness’ and flavor. Other times I reduce the milk to half then use heavy cream for the other half – talk about extra creamy ooh-la-la! (Mmmmm!)
There are endless ways to make your cup of chocolate extra yummy and extra yours. What is your favorite way to make it?