What I love maybe the most about this time of the year is snuggling up with hot beverages. Hot tea, the occasional cup of coffee, and hot chocolate. Oh hot chocolate. Is there a more perfect drink?
And I have been all about Christmas movies (it feels like my TV stays on ABC Family the whole month!) and people are always drinking hot chocolate in those movies. Which always makes me want to be drinking hot chocolate. Not that I really needed inspiration to drink a chocolate beverage that is hot. That is pretty much the best concept ever created!!
A snow storm blew into our area on Saturday night, and curled up on my couch, watching a marathon of Christmas movies, I was jonesing for some hot cocoa. I whipped up a couple of cups for me and hubby, and realized I should share the recipe for chocolatey goodness.
Then, I realized what a fantastic holiday present it would be, and needed to share it asap. You can whip up a batch and put it into some cute little jars with labels and voila! An easy, fun gift that you can give to family and friends. Also, if you want a super secret tip: try adding a little scoop of peanut butter to the hot chocolate. It’s like liquid peanut butter cups. So much happiness.
Health highlight of cocoa powder: Cocoa powder contains flavonoids that research suggests could help promote heart health, lower blood pressure, improve circulation, and reduce cholesterol. Studies have also shown that people who eat chocolate regularly tend to have a lower BMI.
- 1 bar 70% Chocolate (3.25 oz or so, like this one)
- ¼ cup Cocoa (I love this one, and not just because Rapunzel is my favorite movie ever)
- 2 tablespoons Coconut Sugar (you can sub for unrefined sugar like this)
- 1 pinch Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Cinnamon
- Break up the chocolate bar before unwrapping
- In a food processor (see note if you don’t have a food processor) add the chocolate, cocoa, sugar, salt and cinnamon
- Run until everything is smooth
- Store at room temperature in an airtight container
- Heat 1½ cups of nondairy milk
- Whisk or stir in 2 tablespoon of the Hot Chocolate Mix