After a long night of taking care of trick-or-treaters at my family’s Haunted House…it’s been a cozy day at home. Cue the fall rain. Makes for the perfect night for a warm cup of cocoa, another of my beloved comfort foods.
While I’m sure this is one of those ‘me-too’ recipes that anyone can/will create their own, I’d like to share mine for my dear, culinary-impaired friends who have been urging me for recipes as of late You know who you are.
The basics are, of course, the milk and cocoa, the sweeteners and spices can be adjusted to your tastes. Personally, I like the little kick of chili powder and cinnamon. Since sugar-free is something important to me, I used Wholesome Sweeteners Zero (erythritol).
Spicy Hot Cocoa
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 4 t baking cocoa
- 1/2 t cinnamon
- 1/4 t chili powder
- 2 packs Wholesome Sweeteners Zero
Warm milk over low heat in a small saucepan. Whisk in cocoa, sugar and spices to taste. It’s always easier to add more than take away I suggest tasting as it warms. If you like froth, whisk it up good! Now go sit on a comfy sofa, tucked in a soft blanket, surround yourself with love (tonight it’s my kitten and dog doing their version of Friday Night Wrestling), and enjoy this delicious, and very guilt free cocoa.
PS – For those who are interested, and since it is National Vegan Day, check out PETA’s list of ‘Accidentally Vegan Food’, which includes Cracker Jacks, Monster Energy Drinks, Pepperidge Farm Turnovers, Ritz Crackers and many, many more (hello Holiday parties?) It’s not all tofu and wheatgrass, kids…although I won’t get into the ‘how good is this for me?’ debate. It’s just interesting to see and I promise, the page has no disturbing images or content.