Sunday, February 8, 2015

Hot Chocolate Recipes...Spiking is Optional!



This weekend was windy and rainy and it just felt like a stay inside and whip up some hot cocoa kind of weekend...so, that is what I did. True to Mavelle style I ditched the store bought packets and decided to get a little creative...I even made my own whipped cream. I came up with 3 different versions and turned my husband into a hot chocolate guinea pig. The steps for each recipe are similar and they are all fairly easy to make. 

White Chocolate Coconut Hot Cocoa:
Serves 2
Cook Time: 5-8 minutes

What You Will Need:

1 Pint NonFat Milk 
3/4 Cup White Chocolate Chips (sweetened)
1/3 Cup Natural Coconut Milk
1/2 tsp Organic Pure Cocoa Powder
1 Shot Spiced Rum (optional and to taste if you desire more or less than a shot)
Shaved Coconut for Garnishing

Something to Keep in Mind:

This is a really sweet and rich hot chocolate recipe. This is great as a dessert or for those of you who have a sweet tooth. 

Let's Get Started:

1) In a sauce pan warm your milk, coconut milk and chocolate chips on med/high. You will want to stir it constantly as the chocolate melts so that it blends evenly and doesn't start to separate or burn at the bottom of the pan.

2) Once it comes to a boil and the chocolate chips are melted and smooth (should be milky not like a fondue), turn down the burner to low and add in the cocoa powder. 

3) Let your hot chocolate simmer on low for a bit, if needed; just until the powder is blended in and not clumpy.

4) Right before removing from heat add in the shot of rum and stir.

Serve with a dollop of *whipped cream and sprinkle some shaved coconut on top.   

South of the Boarder Hot Cocoa:
Serves 2
Cook Time: 5-8 minutes

What You Will Need:

1 Pint 2% Milk (you can use 1% or NonFat if you'd prefer)
3 Tbsp Organic Pure Cocoa Powder
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
5 tsp Raw Sugar
1 Shot Tequila (optional and to taste if you desire more or less than a shot)

Let's Get Started:

1) In a sauce pan warm your milk on med/high.

2) Add in your Cocoa, cinnamon and sugar. The 3 powders might look clumpy at first. Just keep stirring and keep the heat on med/high until it boils and all blends evenly.

3) Right before removing from heat add in the shot of tequila and stir. 

Serve with a dollop of *whipped cream and sprinkle a dash of cinnamon on top.

Spiced Cocoa:
Serves 2
Cook Time: 5-8 minutes

What You Will Need:

2 1/2 Cups Almond Milk
3 Tbsp Organic Pure Cocoa Powder
5 tsp Organic Coconut Sugar
Dash of Cayenne Pepper 
1/2 tsp of Vanilla Extract 

Something to Keep in Mind:

My husband and I have been reading a lot about how healthy cocoa is. We bought organic, natural 100% Cocoa powder because of the health benefits including everything from helping with energy levels to the belief that it can be used as medicine and help fight/prevent cancers. If you are looking for a substitute to coffee throughout the day or something sweet that wont kill your diet then this recipe might be your new go-to. I have to warn you though, this particular hot cocoa recipe has a kick to it. The cayenne pepper adds spice that will help metabolism and suppressing the appetite if you are dieting. However, you can always leave out the cayenne if you do not like that extra kick. This is also a dairy free hot chocolate recipe (unless you add the whipped cream, which we did). 

Let's Get Started:

1) In a sauce pan warm your almond milk and vanilla extract on med/high.

2) Stir in the Cocoa powder and coconut sugar (or sugar or your choice). Keep stirring and bring to a boil.

3) Once everything is blended lower the heat to low/simmer and add just a dash of cayenne. Stir and remove from heat. 

Serve with a dollop of *whipped cream and sprinkle a dash of cayenne on top or if you'd like to keep it dairy free (and healthy) skip the whipped cream and just add a dash of cayenne.

*Whipped Cream:
Serves 4
Prep/Cook Time: 8-10 minutes

What You Will Need:

1 Cup Whipping Cream
1Tbsp Raw Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Electric Hand Mixer

Let's Get Started

1) Put all of your ingredients into a mixing bowl.

2) Using your hand mixer on medium to high start mixing until the cream turns into a thicker texture (you know...like whipped cream). 

You will never buy store bought whipped cream again!

Stay warm everyone and enjoy some yummy Hot Chocolate as we wrap up winter and enjoy some spring showers...hopefully (for us Californians anyway)!


XO,
Jenna

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