Growing up in Colorado, you'll start to notice the change in weather, and there is nothing better than warming up with a hot drink. A childhood favorite of mine is hot cocoa, but it's commonly filled with high fructose corn syrup or other sugars.
Or even worse, like the popular swiss miss packages, sugar, and more sugar. Not to mention it's non-fat milk,
23 grams of added sugar PER serving that is highly processed and unhealthy sugars!
That's 6 cubes of sugar per serving.
So here is my all-time favorite hot cocoa mix recipe. Now it's way healthier than the packaged mix but still has sugar (coconut sugar), and you can also sprinkle in some additional goodies. Perfect for a late-night recap while you watch the snow fall, and try not to dread driving in it the next day.
All you'll need is a blender, a storage container, and the following ingredients:
(all link to amazon for easy ordering, but you can find some products locally)
Fine Sea Salt
Arrowroot powder ( can omit but helps preserve it)
Optional ingredients to up-level your cocoa experience:
Superfood Adaptogen Blend with Maca, Reishi, and Ashwagandha (Natural energy booster, inner balance, and ability to adapt to stress)
To make (14 servings):
2.5 Cups of Milk Powder
1/2 cup heavy cream powder
1 Cup of Cocoa Powder
3/4 Cup of coconut sugar
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons arrowroot powder
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract powder
1-3 teaspoon superfood blend
I prefer to add 1 tsp per serving (14 tsp/recipe) but play around with the taste first.
Take your coconut sugar and arrowroot in the blender and blend until fine; add in the other ingredients and blend or mix by hand. Store in a sealed jar. Store for 6-12 months.
To make into hot chocolate:
Take 4 tablespoons per 8 oz of boiling water or warmed whole milk.
You can add molasses, maple syrup, or more coconut sugar if you require it to be sweeter.
Top with whipped heavy cream and cocoa.
P.S. take 1C. cold heavy cream with 1 tsp vanilla and whip on medium-high for a few minutes - You won't need the extra sugar in the whipped topping.
Nutritional Breakdown (not including optional ingredients or toppings)
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.