Sipping on a cup of steaming hot chocolate on a chilly day is comforting to both the body and soul. Having a home-made and healthy batch at the ready is equally comforting!
There is no need to drink alone. The following recipe will make enough to serve 5-6. It may easily be doubled, and it will keep for several weeks if sealed in jar inside the refrigerator!
This recipe makes a rich, Paleo friendly chocolate syrup that you simply add to a full mug of nut milk (or dairy) and heat! How easy is that? My favorite beverages to use for this hot chocolate are coconut and cashew milk, but regular old moo juice works just as well! Add a sprinkling of cinnamon to each serving if desired.
Paleo Hot Chocolate Syrup
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup cacao powder (cocoa powder will also work but isn't as rich)
- A pinch of sea salt
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon of vanilla
- 1/2 Tablespoon of espresso powder (optional)
- Cinnamon (optional)
Bring the water to a boil in a medium size saucepan. In a small bowl, add the cacao powder and pour the boiling water over the top. Whisk until combined and let sit for five minutes.
Add the maple syrup, vanilla and espresso powder (if using), and stir to combine.
Add about 3 Tablespoons of syrup to a large mug of very warm milk, sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!
Store remaining chocolate syrup in an air tight jar and refrigerate. Stir before using. Best used within four weeks, but mine never lasts that long!
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