Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Healthy hot chocolate

Time to be Captain Obvious - it is really, really cold at the skating rink. In the winter, my rink seems to crank up the air conditioning so our toes become as cold as the ice itself. When I get home from skating, I am usually freezing, and it takes me forever to thaw out. One thing I usually crave after returning from the rink is a nice, warm drink like hot chocolate. I'd been eyeing a healthy hot chocolate recipe on Chocolate-Covered Katie but just hadn't made the time to try it out.

I was recently selected by Sweet'N Low® to blog about a drink recipe using their products. Since Katie's recipe uses Sweet'N Low®, this was a perfect time to make her hot chocolate!

I had just gotten home from a lesson at the rink and as expected, my toes and hands were frozen. I was craving some homemade hot chocolate but gave away every last bit of my hot cocoa mix for holiday gifts. Enter this healthy hot chocolate.

I loved the fact that Katie's recipe made a single serving, but I doubled it so I could give my husband a steaming hot cup (hey - I was cold, and I didn't want to share!). This hot chocolate was so good that I forgot that it was healthy, and as an added bonus, it came together in about 5 minutes.  I had a few leftover peppermint marshmallows and added them into my cup, and it gave my beverage a nice minty flavor. If you want, you can add peppermint extract to your hot chocolate base instead.

Thank you, Sweet'N Low®, for giving me this wonderful opportunity!

Healthy hot chocolate
  • 2/3 cup milk of choice (I used soy)
  • 1/3 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 1/16 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 packages of Sweet'N Low®
  • Whipped cream or marshmallows (optional)
  • Peppermint extract (optional)
  • Chocolate shavings (optional) 
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and stir. Cook on medium heat until hot and completely mixed. Strain the ingredients through a fine mesh sieve and pour into your mug. If desired, you can add whipped cream, marshmallows and/or chocolate shavings on top.

Yield: 1 serving (two if you're being generous and want to share)

Source: Ever so slightly adapted from Chocolate-Covered Katie

Disclaimer: As a part of the DailyBuzz Food Tastemaker Program, I received a Sweet'N Low® Sweetener Gift Pack and a stipend.

1 comment:

  1. Mmmm, I have been wanting to try coconut milk and never figured to try it with hot chocolate. What a sweet and healthy concoction!!!



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