Recipe for Sugar Free, Dairy Free, Delicious Hot Chocolate
Posted Dec 27 2012 10:07pm
Round about this time of year, I start to develop a pretty strong sweet tooth. It must have to do with the dark, damp and depressing northwest winters – my body is trying to substitute sugar for sunlight (sidenote: this does not work and I do not recommend it).
And with all the holidays and cookies and candies and eggnogs and such, it’s a little harder to stay on the sugar-free bandwagon. I know this by now and don’t try to fight it (just keep it in moderation), but when the holidays end and it’s time for me to ditch the sweet treats, cold turkey just ain’t gonna do it.
That’s because sugar is one of the most addictive food substances you can find. In fact, sugar is more addictive than cocaine (yikes!). So it’s no wonder that a slight holiday sweet binge can result in months of sugar cravings, an expanded waistline and an increase in systemic inflammation , which in turn means more aches and pains.
I’ve found that it’s mostly after dinner that I crave something delicious and sweet. If I don’t get it, I’m likely to munch through all the snacks I can find, eating way too much and never feeling satisfied. So, I created a recipe for a pretty guilt free cup of creamy hot chocolate that fills that sweet craving and doesn’t make my blood sugar spike.
Here’s my recipe…
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp coconut oil or coconut oil concentrate (optional)
liquid stevia to taste (I usually use one dropperful-ish)
pinch of sea salt (optional)
Place almond milk into a small saucepan and heat on medium high. As it warms, add in all of the other ingredients, stirring constantly until cocoa is dissolved and smooth and coconut oil is melted. Heat it as warm as you like, but try to avoid boiling the brew.
Pour into mugs and serve! Best enjoyed in front of a roaring fire with pleasant company and cats curled on your lap.