I’ve been desperate to make my own hot chocolate ever since our trusty Cadbury’s ran out last week. My children love a little hot chocolate especially as a treat in the cold wintry days after school. I know many store bought brands can be full of sugar and artificially additives and so that led me on the quest to make my own. I had two reasons really: my thirsty children being one of them, and secondly I wanted a pretty gift to give to teachers and friends at Christmas. This recipe fit the bill.
I loved adding experimenting with different spices to make it really special and delicious. It looks so pretty when presented in a mason jar with a seasonal ribbon and perhaps a cinnamon stick or candy cane too. It’s also very simple to make with ingredients you can find in any supermarket or health foods store. You don’t have to break the bank for this gift and you are giving the gift of healthy! The raw cacao is full of antioxidants (hello, glowing skin) and the coconut sugar is low glycemic so you don’t get those crazy sugar induced sugar crashes after drinking regular hot chocolate. It also has a wonderfully rich flavor which is much better than any brand you can buy. Try experimenting with different sugar levels but it doesn’t have to be too sweet. Let the chocolate do all the talking for you.
Homemade Healthy Organic Hot Chocolate
Mix together in a bowl before pouring into a 16oz mason jar:
1 cup organic raw unsweetened cacoa
2/3 cup coconut sugar (you can also use maple sugar but bear in mind it’s a little sweeter so you won’t need to use as much
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
a pinch of sea salt
optional: 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper to make it spicy!
To make the hot chocolate, simply add two tablespoons of the mix to hot unsweetened almond or coconut milk or whole organic milk.