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Rich & Creamy Vegan Hot Chocolate

Ok, I realize it is not cold outside.  I KNOW, it’s still summer!  I am with you on this, trust me.  But I was suddenly struck with a craving for hot chocolate and I was not about to wait for the dreaded winter that I still refuse to believe is just around the corner.  This stuff is rich, creamy and chock full of antioxidants.  You won’t even miss the dairy.

Makes 4 regular sized or 2 SUPER sized mugs

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup raw organic cacao butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons raw or turbinado sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups almond or other nut milk (I used vanilla almond cashew)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 4 teaspoons full fat coconut milk

Directions

  1. Place first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan over very low heat. Heat and stir continuously until cacao butter and sugar are completely melted.
  2. Slowly stir in nut milk and turn heat up to medium-low. Heat and stir just until chocolate mixture starts to steam. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and salt.
  3. Pour into 4 regular or two large mugs. Top each with a teaspoon of full fat coconut milk for extra richness, if desired.

KT’s Comments

  • Totally made this one up. I ordered the cacao butter and raw sugar online to make another recipe, but when I saw it on the counter today, nothing but hot chocolate would do. I didn’t see any other recipes that used cacao butter or raw sugar, most just use cocoa, coconut milk and maple syrup or Stevia, but I figured that would take away from the pure hot chocolate taste.
  • This was very RICH and totally took care of my chocolate craving! Very chocolaty but not too sweet. You could add more milk if you want a less intense cup.
  • This is the first thing I’ve done with my homemade almond milk other than to drink it or put it in coffee. I’m glad I did! I even got Dave to drink some (though I had to stir in the coconut milk so he wouldn’t freak out because it looked like MILK (don’t bother with logic ;) )).
Start with the Dry Ingredients

Start with the dry ingredients

 

Add water and stir

Add water and stir

 

Heat and stir until melted

Heat and stir until melted

 

Add nut milk

Add nut milk

 

Stir until Steamy!

Cook and stir until steamy!

 

Top with a spoonful of coconut milk and enjoy!

Top with a spoonful of coconut milk and enjoy!

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