Real Hot Chocolate Recipe (Vegan)

Hello Lovelies,

Doesn’t all this Christmassy stuff and cold whether just make you feel all cosy? I know what makes me feel even cosier though, hot chocolate; real, hot chocolate. Now don’t get me wrong, I use cocoa/hot chocolate mix all the time but sometimes I want something a little more…decadent shall we say? This recipe is inspired by the way Mexicans enjoy their hot chocolate, with a little kick! Chilli and Cinnamon make this drink extra warming and a little more grown up than the usual sugary affair.

This recipe is for a single serving but it can be double, quadrupled etc.

Ingredients:

300ml of non-dairy milk of your choice (I used soy).

30g of dark chocolate (minimum of 75% cocoa).

Some form of sweetener to taste (I used agave here but you can use whatever you prefer eg. Brown rice syrup, xylitol, maple syrup etc).

Pinch of salt

Pinch of cinnamon

Pinch of hot chilli powder.

What to do:

1) Place your milk in a pan and put on a low heat, bring to a simmer.

2) Chop the chocolate into smaller piece to make it easier to melt.

3) Once the milk is simmering, add your chocolate and whisk until it is fully melted and incorporated.

4) Add the sweetener, salt, cinnamon and chilli powder to taste. How much you put in of each is personal preference.

5) Turn up the heat a little to make sure the hot chocolate is really well mixed and hot enough to drink. Do not boil the drink though! Pour into a generously proportioned mug and enjoy the warm, cosy goodness.

*TIP: Add a little pure orange extract to turn this into a something akin to a spicey liquid Terry’s chocolate orange!

This drink is not as thick as my super rich hot chocolate recipe (which I will post at some point too) and I’ve avoided all the extra toppings like cream (vegan obvs!), marshmallows and so on, as this recipe is all about the spiciness.

That’s all for now, thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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