What better way to warm up on a blustery day than by curling up in cozy slippers with a steaming mug of hot chocolate? Especially if you happen to be alone like I am today… With no one home to make me feel guilty about my indulgence, except my own conscience! Now what if hot chocolate didn’t make me feel guilty, or bloated… What if it was paleo-friendly?! This delicious, creamy version is. Consider it my Christmas present to you! 😉
This healthy hot chocolate is made with canned coconut milk, which makes it super creamy!!! I’m not kidding, it’s so thick I could almost chew it! 🙂 (I think if I had let it cool, it might have become some kind of chocolate mousse. I’ll tuck that idea away for a warmer day.) But trust me, this didn’t last long enough to cool. My burnt tongue bears witness of that, but don’t bug me about it… It’s a sore spot! (I should really insert a warning here: For your safety, don’t take a big gulp immediately. This drink is super thick, and really holds the heat.)
I was going to have this post finished before I downed the hot chocolate. I vowed that to myself. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen! Oh, sure, I have my excuses: I was scared it would get cold (Picture me lisping this around my inflamed tongue); I had to empty the dishwasher before Mom got home (but I had time to make hot chocolate first); and Riley was destroying a mitten (This was absolutely urgent!)… Oh, and the hot chocolate tasted good! Thankfully, I’m a pretty forgiving person, so I’ll get over my broken vow to myself. Just be careful what you promise anyone if this hot chocolate is around. Let’s remember our priorities here.
So, back to the hot chocolate. One batch filled the mug shown in the pictures right to the brim. I drank the whole recipe as one serving, but I must say, it was filling! It was almost a meal in itself… Certainly NOT the kind of drink that needs a cookie to help fill in the cracks.
Today was my first time experimenting with canned coconut milk. I opened it, tried a spoonful, and quickly discovered I’m not a huge fan of plain, canned coconut milk. It was super creamy, but the flavour was a bit overbearing. So I added lots of raw honey and cacao powder, and some stevia liquid, to make it taste just like “real” hot chocolate. And the result was a smashing success!!! Super sweet and creamy, with only a hint of coconuttyness! 😉 A pinch of salt to cut the sweetness a bit, and she’s ready to serve your friends (Or hog to yourself!) Heat in a saucepan and whisk vigorously to help get rid of any cacao lumps, and whip up a bit of froth… Pour into a mug, serve with cozy slippers, and enjoy!