Hot chocolate has always been one of my favorite things about winter. I lived in Syracuse, New York until I was 11 and MAN does it get cold up there. It’s doesn’t get quite as cold in Texas and the cold we do get doesn’t stick around as long, but I still find hot chocolate to be very comforting when I’m cold. (especially when Ross and I refuse to turn our heater on because we live in Texas and we’re frugal and GET MORE BLANKETS!)
Sometimes, when I’m feeling particularly hot-chocolate-is-not-healthy-I-must-be-healthy-always, I will make some hot tea instead, hoping that will warm me up and comfort me. It never works. Ever. There’s just something about a hot mug of creamy hot chocolate that hits the spot and warms my fingers and toes.
I was a lot lazier before I became vegan and hot chocolate was one of the many things I was lazy about. The thought of making my own hot chocolate from scratch never occurred to me. I mean, why would I waste my time doing that when I could just heat up some water in the microwave and add some brown powder to it?
My favorite hot chocolate was the fat free Nestle in a canister. You know, the green and red one. I decided to go vegan on November 1st and it wasn’t too long after that the cold weather crept up on us and I suddenly realized I wasn’t allowed to drink my precious Nestle hot chocolate anymore. *tears my have been shed*
Over the past two years I have finally perfected my vegan hot chocolate recipe and I get excited when the nighttime temperatures dip below 45 degrees.
- 1½ cups original almond milk (NOT the unsweetened OR the vanilla varieties)
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- cinnamon to taste (or pumpkin pie seasoning if you have it. YUM!)
- Add all ingredients to a small pot and whisk over medium heat until smooth. Continue to heat until the cocoa reaches your desired temperature, stirring occasionally. Serve in a large mug.
I don’t know why but ever since I was a kid I’ve always drank my hot chocolate with a spoon. Maybe because it was easier to cool small spoonfuls at a time and helped prevent burning my mouth. Does anyone else drink their hot chocolate with a spoon?
I wish it wasn’t 82 degrees in Austin today so I could go home and make some of this cocoa to enjoy in front of this:
(yes, that is a flannel bed sheet masquerading as a tree skirt. so what?)