It’s that time of year again! The temperature is dropping, the trees are bare, snow is starting to fall, and the stores are starting to fill with holiday merchandise.
Our schedules become filled with holiday social functions and Christmas shopping and we become tempted and inspired by all of the festive treats and goodies that go along with it.
Rather than giving into the super sugary, artificial flavoured beverages that you have to wait in line for and then sip out of a bpa lined single use cup, why not put the kettle on and make yourself a cup of this hot cocoa instead that will be ready in an instant!
Rich and luxurious yet dairy free thanks to the coconut creamer. While monk fruit sugar allows a satisfying sweet without the calories or sugar crash.
Here we will be using organic raw cacao powder - not Dutch processed cocoa. Dutch cocoa is processed at high temperatures which destroys the antioxidant value of the cocoa. When it is raw, it is called cacao rather than cocoa, and has a high antioxidant value. Organic raw cacao can be found in almost any health food store or even the health aisle of many better supermarkets.
This recipe makes about 2.5 cups of dry mix which you can store in a mason jar. When a hot chocolate craving strikes, turn on the kettle and add 1-2 tablespoons to your favourite mug.
3/4 cup organic raw cacao powder
1 cup coconut creamer powder such as Laird Superfood Creamer (I like this one because the ingredients are all clean with no unhealthy additives)
1/2 cup monk fruit sweetener such as Lakanto
1/4 cup coconut sugar (or more monk fruit sweetener if you want it to be completely sugar free). The coconut sugar lends a nice depth of flavour the way brown sugar would but is lower glycemic.
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla bean powder (optional – this stuff is expensive!) You can just add a few drops of natural vanilla extract to your cup instead when you make it.
Make it a mocha mix by also adding 1/4 to 1/3 cup of liver friendly Dandy Blend coffee substitute!
Mix all ingredients together and store in a jar. To make a cup, add 1-2 tablespoons to hot water in your favourite mug! Enjoy!