November 28, 2016
The Healthier Hot Chocolate
Nothing says the Holiday's like a cup of hot chocolate. I seriously love the nostalgia of having one, but I don't miss the unnecessary ingredients I remember consuming as a kid.
The ingredients typically looked like this:
Ingredients: sugar, corn syrup, modified whey, cocoa (processed with alkali), hydrogenated coconut oil, nonfat milk, calcium carbonate, less than 2% of: salt, dipotassium phosphate, mono- and diglyderides, artificial flavor. Contains milk.
Now that I know how easy it is to find healthier brands these days and how easily you could just make your own, I no longer to resort to the bad stuff.
Below are my two favorite healthy ways to enjoy hot chocolate. Both free of dairy, low in sugar, and extra tasty.
The Easy Way Hot Chocolate:
1 packet of Treehouse Sea Salt Drinking Chocolate (local Portland company!)
1 handful of Dandie's marshmallows
3 ounces vanilla almond milk
3 ounces of water
Warm up the water and almond milk.
Add in 1 packet of drinking chocolate.
Add marshmallows on top and enjoy!
Homemade Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate:
1 cup unsweetened almond or cashew milk
1 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbs. chocolate chips (you can use dairy free)
1 tbs. coconut sugar (or raw sugar)
Warm up milk in a sauce pan.
Transfer to a mug.
Add in cocoa powder, chocolate chips and sugar and whisk together well.
Top with some Dandies marshmallows and enjoy!