This hot chocolate is easy to prepare and the REAL thing for pleasure and health! It's fantastic for keeping you warm during the cold winter months. I also encourage you to share this liquid treat with a loved one
Made-With-Love Hot Chocolate features fresh, homemade coconut milk, (full of good fat), and cacao, (high in anti-oxidants). You won't have to feel guilty about this hot chocolate treat. The best part is how easily this recipe can be adopted for different flavor profiles. Add peppermint extract, (1/4 tsp), or pumpkin spice, (1/2 tsp), vanilla extract or powder, (1/2 tsp), cinnamon, (1/4 tsp), a pinch of cayenne and a pinch of sea salt, etc. If you add in additional flavors, do so at the same time you add the chocolate.
Of course you can buy coconut milk pre-made, but I promise you the taste difference between homemade and store bought is so worth the little bit of extra effort. Moreover, homemade is far more cost effective, coconut milk in cans is frequently lined with BPA, and refrigerated containers have added sweeteners and preservatives. Thumbs down!
~ 4 cups filtered water
~ 1.5-2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
~ Heat water, but do not boil. Should be hot, not scalding.
~ Put coconut flakes in a blender and add in water. (Make sure not to overload your blender. If so, make 2 batches.)
~ Blend on high for 3 minutes. It should look thick and creamy.
~ Pour the coconut milk through a mesh colander removing coconut pieces
~ Squeeze the coconut milk through several pieces of cheese cloth to remove any remaining pieces of coconut.
Store in the fridge and your fresh coconut milk will be good for 3-4 days. Preservative-free. Luscious!
PS - Should the "cream" of the coconut milk separate, simply shake the container before consuming.
Made-With-Love Hot Chocolate
~ Two 8 oz. cups of coconut milk - See above recipe
~ 1 tsp vanilla
~ 4/5 T cacao powder - I use Navitas
~ 2 T collagen powder - For superb nail, skin, and gut healing. I use Great Lakes Hydrolyzed Collagen Powder
~ 1/2 tsp cinnamon
~ 1 T coconut oil
~ 2 tsp maple syrup or raw honey
~ Heat the coconut milk - not scalding
~ Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend for 30 seconds. Stirring works as well.
Now, pour your Made-With-Love Hot Chocolate into your favorite cup. Sit, sip, and cuddle.
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