healthy hot cocoa

Healthy Hot Cocoa + Coconut Cream

In New York City its cold, the holiday lights are aglow, and tis’ the season to make hot cocoa! (did that rhyme?)

Thing is, almost all the hot cocoa I find is made from processed chocolate, and often times watered down. The yummier versions are usually made with cow milk and (dairy based) whip cream. Below is the recipe I am currently working with, I am sure I will perfect it along the way but so far, its soooooo good. Check it out:

Medicinal Nutrition’s Healthy Hot Cocoa with coconut whipped cream:

For the Cocoa:
2 rounded TSP organic raw cacao
2 rounded TSP coconut sugar
15 oz BPA-free can full fat coconut milk
(poured into a glass container and mixed with 7 oz water, shaken)

small piece of 90% dark chocolate, shaved or chopped
1 organic candy cane, crushed (optional)

For the whip cream:
(2)15-ounce BPA-free cans FULL fat coconut milk (or coconut cream)
Make sure it is COLD, refrigerate the cans overnight!
1-2 TBSP crystalized coconut sugar
1 TSP organic vanilla extract
touch of cinnamon (optional)

There is two ways to make the whip cream, I made mine in the Blendtec Twister Jar, but I am giving you an optional way to make it with a hand mixer (or good ole fashioned beater).

Preparation:

For the coconut whip cream:

  • Open the chilled cans and spoon out the thick cream on top  into your Blendtec Twister jar (or into a bowl if using a hand mixer).
  • Store the water on the bottom of the cans in a glass jar for smoothies and juices (not needed for this recipe)
  • If using a hand mixer, place on high speed and whip the cream until fluffy (about 4 minutes).
  • With a spoon, quickly mix in the coconut sugar, vanilla and touch of cinnamon, set aside and quickly refrigerate.

For the hot cocoa:

  • In a mug, mix the cocoa and sugar with just a one or two tablespoons of coconut milk and stir until a paste, set aside.
  • In a medium pot, heat about 2 cups of the coconut / water mix on low heat, stirring occasionally.
  • When hot, pour over the cocoa paste and stir well until everything is mixed
  • Top with 1-2 TBSP of your coconut whipped cream
  • Top it all off with a bit of crushed candy cane, and some shaved dark chocolate bits (optional)

 

coconut whip cream

coconut whip cream