An icy wind is blowing that laughs at the temperatures on the mercury.  Numbers on the thermometer can be very deceptive in Dubai: yesterday it went es low as 20C which would probably count as a warm spring or fall day in most parts of the world. Or would even be accepted as a summer day in other parts of the world. I heard that 15C in Norway are warm enough to walk around in a T-shirt. In Dubai, 20C felt icy. I went to an outdoor event, and was wrapped in thick jeans, a long sleeve shirt and a  warm hoodie to keep my upper body warm, while having another fleece wrapped around my legs.

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.


Print Recipe

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)

Serves 2
Hot Chocolate
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.

Cold Chocolate
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.

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