Hot Chocolate Homemade!

November 12, 2011

in Rocking Recipes

My kids love hot chocolate and are heart broken when I don’t buy a box of the conventional instant store bought type, you know the one with the mini shriveled up marshmallow( at least I think they are marshmallows?)
My children have finally come to accept and understand that those boxed conventional brands are highly processed and loaded with bad ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup ( a source for GMO’s), hydrogenated oils, and artificial flavoring.Some brands have chemical sweeteners that are as we know, linked to cancer. So, a nice warm cup of hot chocolate can if let be, a warm mug of harmfulness.
Instead, I would like to share with you a great way to serve up a cup of yummy goodness to all that need a little chocolate and warmth this winter season. This recipe is all natural healthy ingredients, free of chemicals and artificial anything. In fact, you can whip up the dry ingredients ahead and store in an airtight container for an easy hot chocolate anytime instantly. Also, dry ingredients placed in airtight jars make great holiday gifts. What could be better than giving a gift of health and goodness?
A healthy vegan version would be to use  almond milk in place of the powdered milk. Great idea. Also, using all organic ingredients helps keep the hot chocolate free of unhealthy chemicals, additives, and artificial coloring and flavoring, as well as harmful fats and sugars.Remember, mindful eating.
Ingredients
2 cups organic evaporated cane juice sugar (health aisle or Whole Foods Market)
1 vanilla bean, cut into small pieces ( may be able to use organic liquid vanilla)
1 cup organic powdered milk or almond milk (can try  rice, but almond is thicker..or organic cow’s milk  )
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Method
Put sugar and vanilla bean into a food processor and pulse until vanilla bean is very finely chopped and well incorporated. Strain vanilla sugar through a fine sieve, discarding any large pieces of vanilla bean that remain ( also instead of vanilla bean, can put a few droplets of liquid vanilla into sugar) and mix; transfer 1/2 cup of the vanilla sugar to a large bowl. (Save remaining vanilla sugar for another use.) Add milk, cocoa to bowl with sugar, stir well and then transfer to an airtight container.

To make hot chocolate, put 1/4 cup of the mix and 1 cup boiling water into a mug and stir well.

For a burst of flavor, try steeping a bag of mint or almond tea in the mug along with the hot chocolate.

Nutrition : Per serving (about 1oz/31g-wt.): 140 calories (40 from fat), 4.5g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 15mg cholesterol, 95mg sodium, 19g total carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 18g sugar), 5g protein 

Recipe from Whole Foods Markets @ http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/2664 with organic liquid vanilla modified.
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Liberty December 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm

great recipe – I just make a concentrated whole food chocolate syrup and we add it to milk when they want ti – makes it hot chocolate or chocolate milk – almost instantly. if they’ve milked!
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Dr. Lisa December 22, 2011 at 1:38 am

Liberty,
Thanks! I would love your whole food chocolate syrup recipe for I refuse to use the nasty stuff! I am excited to look around your website too. Thanks for sharing too!
~Lisa

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Lib December 22, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Homemade choclate syrup
1/2 c cocoa
2/3 c rapadura/ palm sugar
1c water
1/2 t sea salt
1t vanilla
3 T butter I use coconut oil!

Whisk all together over medium heat. 

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Dr. Lisa December 22, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Liberty,
Thank you (and my readers thank you) for your wisdom on how to make homemade chocolate syrup! The conventional stuff is just horrible and so many children drink/eat it. This is just awesome!

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Veronica January 18, 2012 at 12:11 pm

ooo! This recipe sounds so yummy. I am excited to try it, I love hot coco on a cold day :) Thank you for sharing!

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Kristy Lynn @ Gastronomical Sovereignty January 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm

How much do I love that you made your own hot chocolate?? I think there are some things people buy from the grocery store (ie hot chocolate) and they don’t even realize they can make it from scratch relatively easily…. that’s probably true about most things. I love this!

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Dr. Lisa January 20, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Kristy Lynn, It is so easy and healthy. I leave the batch I make in a pretty glass jar with a seal. My teenage son helps himself and I feel good he isn’t drinking the conventional stuff. And, if you see in a comment here, there is a recipe to make homemade chocolate syrup. I want to try this for mochas! :)

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