Hello loves, it’s been a MINUTE because I was on a mini vacation for my 21st birthday (blog post coming soon!!) & then I got really sick BUT I’m back, still a little bit sick but FEELING GOOD. It is the freaking HOLIDAY SEASON, yessss I love this time of year. Everything is better, happier, and prettier. Here’s the thing, I love winter fashion and snow, but I HATE the actual cold. It’s a struggle, but its okay because I drink some amazing hot chocolate and I am good!! I don’t like buying hot chocolate because it’s usually too sweet and just not for me. For some reason, it leaves me feeling a bit sick or something and I am assuming it has to do with the quality of the sugar and chocolate. So I tend to stick to my moms’ recipe of homemade hot chocolate. It always makes my heart so happy and warm. It’s easy and amazing, so let’s get into the specifics.
The quality of chocolate is huge and it needs to be specific. What you want to look for is pure cacao chocolate, it makes all the difference. You get that rich chocolate taste but not bitter. The kind I like is the one by Pacari the Organic Cacao Paste. This cacao is from Ecuador and I am 100% Ecuadorian, so like what’s not to love. It’s organic, non-GMO, and no sugar added. You only need to use a small amount of the cacao, like the size of a quarter. This chocolate is intense and so pure that a lot isn’t needed to get the flavor. Of course, if you want a richer taste you can use more but I would recommend to add more slowly and taste throughout. That way you don’t over do it!
Once you have your cacao piece ready, you can begin to warm up some milk on the stove and put the cocoa in the milk. You want to stir it in the milk until it dissolves and everything mixes in together well. You can use any kind of milk you want and it will taste fine. I have used skim milk, whole milk, almond milk, cashew milk, macadamia milk and all of them go amazing with the cacao. I prefer a non dairy alternative for a healthier touch.
When everything is melted and blended, pour the milk into a blender. Before blending add your favorite sweetener to taste. I like using monk fruit for a sugar-free option or Manuka honey. The taste that the honey adds is amazing and unique. I completely recommend it.
After you put some of your favorite sweetener blend everything in the blender. I love using the blender because it gives it this amazing foam on the top. It’s like a perfect foamy latte but instead it’s hot chocolate. Sooo good.
I love that this option satisfies your sweet tooth without the processed sugar. You get the amazing antioxidant benefits from the cacao in an organic non-GMO way. It’s so simple and tastes amazing. It’s a must for this winter you guys. Trust me you will be obsessed!! Stay warm loves!
All the love,