Paleo Hot Chocolate

I haven’t had real hot cocoa… ever! Even when I was a kid my mom would make me hot chocolate from a powdery packet before I stepped out into the jungle and walked through a winter wonderland to school. But this Paleo cocoa is definitely out of the box, and hits the spot in a way Ms. Swiss and that tawny colored hare never could. This warm recipe will wrap you up in a blanket of sanctum as the rest of the weary world melts away. And you can enjoy the sights, smells, and tastes of true hot chocolate… maybe for the first time!

Paleo Hot Chocolate

Difficulty: Easy

Total Time to Make: 20 minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups unsweetened nutmilk (not full-fat coconut milk)
  • 13 oz (1 can) full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 oz bittersweet or baking chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup raw honey

Instructions

  1. Add nutmilk, coconut milk and vanilla to medium pot. Heat over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Whisk in chocolate, cocoa powder and sweetener. Whisk occasionally for 5 minutes, until chocolate is melted and mixture becomes thick and creamy.
  3. Pour into mugs and serve warm

Add a shot of espresso to this steaming brew  for a buzz worthy  pick-me-up. Or add a few drops of orange or peppermint oil for a sassy variation on a winter classic. There’s almost nothing that won’t go with cocoa. In fact, feel free to make a molé version of this bold cocoa with cayenne, black pepper and maybe even a blended chile. But you won’t be chilly for long. Those long johns will have to wait, cause this brew is bringing on a heat wave.

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