Let’s start the new year with a very old recipe of mine. After three years of blogging I thought I shared all my secrets with you. However, there is a recipe that I have been keeping from you all the time. Hot Chocolate. Because I make it so often it’s not even considered a recipe any more?
Almost daily when my son comes home from school he demands his hot or cold chocolate. It is so easy to make and requires very little ingredients and effort: milk, cocoa and sweetener and a saucepan is all you need. When making hot chocolate yourself, you have complete control over how chocolate-y, how sweet and how hot or cold the drink will be. Any dietary restrictions can be accomodated: it can easily be made dairy-free, gluten-free and even grain-free or vegan. The perfect versatile hot comfort drink for cold winter days.
HOT OR COLD CHOCOLATE
1 cup coconut milk (full fat) or other milk
1 cup water
2 cups of dairy or non-dairy milk
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoons honey (or to taste) or agave syrup (for a vegan version)
In a small saucepan, combine milk and water (if using). Stir in cocoa powder and cinnamon. Bring mixture to the boil over medium heat. Stir regularly to remove lumps of cocoa.
Take off the heat and let cool for 1-2 minutes. Stir in honey until completely dissolved. Transfer to mugs. Serve immediately.
In a small saucepan, combine the smallest amount of milk and water (if using), about 1/4 to 1/2 cup. Stir in cocoa powder and cinnamon. Bring mixture to the boil over medium heat. Stir regularly until cocoa and cinnamon are completely dissolved.
Take off the heat and let cool for a minute. Mix in honey. Top up with remaining cold milk and stir until well combined. Transfer to mugs or glasses. Serve immediately.