Winter Weather & Sweet Treats

Happy Winter Everyone!

(Or depending on if you share my slight loathing for -30 degree weather, feel free to take or leave that statement as you so choose.)

Welcome to my first official blog post on my brand new blog! After some years and some prodding from a number of people, I’ve decided to take the plunge and join the world of dessert and baking bloggers. Naturally I couldn’t find my camera (iPhone to the rescue for this one), but that just means my next posts will be that much better, yeah?

With the weather being what it is (freezing) and my being off of work for a time, I wanted nothing more than to put on the kettle and my slippers, and flip through a couple recipe books. Time to find something pretty and warm to brighten up a rather dull mid-January day. I needed something to check off a few boxes: I wanted soothing, rich, sweet, and something that didn’t remind me of the dead of winter.

Enter Coconut Hot Chocolate.

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Hot chocolate. Cocoa powder. Honey. Coconut. This guy does the trick!

The dark chocolate cocoa powder has a great depth, and honey adds some natural sweetness, and the coconut is a great pairing ,with just that bit of exotic flavouring to make me forget my frozen toes.

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This recipe isn’t made to be fussy or complicated, it’s made to be whisked together with some simple ingredients and be enjoyed.

Coconut Hot Chocolate

Yield: 2 cups*
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Almond Milk* (I used unsweetened vanilla)
  • 3 tbsp pure honey
  • 3 tbsp dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp coconut extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Marshmallows (optional)
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Raw coconut flakes (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Grab a small sauce pan and pour in almond milk, honey, cocoa powder, coconut extract, and salt.
  2. Turn on stove to medium heat, and whisk ingredient together until dissolved
  3. Heat for 4 – 6 minutes until hot chocolate is heated through (do not boil), stirring occasionally.
  4. Pour into your favourite winter mug, top with whipped cream, marshmallows, raw coconut flakes, or your other favourite hot chocolate toppings.

Notes:

* This recipes doubles beautifully, adjust as needed.

* I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk because that’s what I have in my fridge and love. Feel free to replace with regular milk or soy milk, just add in a 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract in with the rest of the ingredients.

Simple, delicious, and a nice variation of a winter classic. Grab the comfiest seat in the house, the fluffiest blanket, and sip away.

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