Paleo Hot Chocolate

2 Feb

I was still in the midst of my Whole 30 January when 30 inches of snow fell on my house.  One thing I love to enjoy when I’m kept home from work due to a snowstorm is hot chocolate!  One thing that I cannot make (trust me, I tried) without some form of sweetener?  Hot chocolate.  So now that I’m through with my Whole 30 challenge to kick of 2015 I can go back to my semi-sweet (as needed) paleo life.  First up, hot chocolate!  Why?  Another storm is dumping snow on us and I’m still in my PJs.  There is a base recipe for the hot chocolate and from there you have so many options for flavors!

Snow day!

Snow day!

Basic hot chocolate

Ingredients (per serving):

3/4 cup full fat coconut milk

1/3-1/2 cup Silk unsweetened vanilla almond milk

2 tbl. sifted cocoa powder

3/4 – 1 tbl. honey or maple syrup (if you want to be really good you can use Stevia or Monkfruit in the Raw to desired sweetness instead)

Paleo Hot Chocolate

Paleo Hot Chocolate

Method:

Whisk together all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat through over medium-low heat.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate:

Add a pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt  (or other fine grain sea salt) and 4-5 drops of Capella caramel flavor concentrate (available at http://capellaflavordrops.com/caramelV2.aspx)

Peppermint Hot Chocolate:

Once removed from heat add 1/8 tsp. peppermint extract

Mexican Hot Chocolate:

Add 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon (depends on how much cinnamon you prefer), a pinch of cayenne pepper (optional), and after removing from heat 1/8 – 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract.  You can also use a whole cinnamon stick as a stirrer.

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