December 15, 2009

Monstrously Delicious Hot Cocoa

Hot cocoa is one of my favorite things in the world! Snuggling into the sofa with a hot cup of cocoa is one of life's perfect little moments for me. The cheap store-bought packet stuff is all total junk, with ingredients you wouldn't feed a gynecologist you don't like, so why on earth would you feed it to yourself?! Whenever you want hot cocoa, just stick to the basics: cocoa, sugar, milk and vanilla, and you can't go wrong.
Here's how I do it...

2 tablespoons powdered unsweetened cocoa
4 tablespoons sugar, agave nectar or preferred sweetener (I use stevia)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 to 1 full cup non-dairy milk, to taste
1/8 cup water
  • Place cocoa, sweetener, vanilla and water into a small saucepan and stir together to make a paste, until all ingredients are well-blended and no lumps remain.
  • Add milk and stir while heating, until mixture just starts to boil/bubble around the edges.
  • Pour into a mug and top with vegan marshmallows (if, unlike me, you can afford them).
  • If you want it to be foamy on top, like you see in the photo, use an immersion hand-blender to do the stirring after you add the milk. It works great!
  • Makes one serving.
  • Enjoy!

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