Everyone deserves a nice cup of Hot Chocolate after an afternoon out in the snow (or in the case of today, freezing drizzle). Sara asked me about how I would go about making a paleo friendly hot chocolate treat for one of those special afternoons. My initial response was coconut milk, dark chocolate and maybe some hot water, but I also knew that the question deserved some research.
Upon further investigation I found three that I can get behind from a “I could use this to keep me sane” paleo perspective. Most of the others I found required heavy use of non sugar sweeteners.
Microwave Hot Chocolate
• 1/4 cup Coconut Milk
• 1 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
• 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
• 1 cup Tap Water
• 1 tsp Cinnamon, Ground
Combine coconut milk, cinnamon and cocoa powder. Microwave for 1.5 minutes. Add vanilla. Stir.
Double Boiler Paleo Hot Chocolate
• 1/4 – 1/3 cup Dark Chocolate chips or Chopped Dark Chocolate
• 1 can (13.5 oz) Coconut Milk
• 1 – 2 cups Water
In a double boiler whisk together:
• dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate
• A small amount of coconut milk
When the chocolate is completely melted and combined with the coconut milk, slowly add:
• the rest of the (13.5 oz) can of coconut milk
• 1-2 cups of water
Blender Hot Chocolate for Later
This final one lists sweetener, but I would toy with Vanilla and Cinnamon in it before reaching for the packets of anything.
2 cans (13.5 oz) Coconut Milk
3/4 cup raw cocoa powder
Put two cans of coconut milk in the blender, add 3/4 cup raw cocoa powder and blend…Carefully. Pour into two pint mason jars and refrigerate.When you want cocoa, put a few spoonsful in a mug, add sweetener of choice and fill the mug with hot water.
Sara and I will try some of these ideas out and report back. It’s going to be a homey weekend as far as I can tell.