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