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Here’s a quick and easy recipe to enjoy this winter. This tasty recipe offers a healthy alternative to sugary hot cocoa packets with just about the same effort involved.
1 Cup unsweetened vanilla almond or soy milk (may substitute with skim/regular milk)
2 Tablespoons Raw Cacao Powder
2 Tablespoons honey
Pinch of stevia extract
Dash of cinnamon powder
In a small sauce pan, pour your cup of soy, almond or cow’s milk and turn the stove on a medium to low heat. Add in your cocoa powder, honey and stevia extract all at once. Sprinkle on a little cinnamon powder. Then, with a fork, beat the mixture as it heats until all the clumps disappear. Once the clumps are gone and the mixture begins to simmer, it is ready to drink. In the same time it would take your water to boil to make your instant cocoa, you can have a natural and healthy version. This cocoa is sweetened by stevia, just like it traditionally was. We add honey to this because some people may not be used to the taste of stevia. The honey adds a more familiar version of sweetness for most people. You will find this to be more bitter than your standard cocoa, but it’s something most people can come to appreciate. If not, then you can always add more sweetener.