CAUTION: The following recipe is not exactly healthy, instead, it is decadent, delicious, and certifiably sinful (and that's putting it lightly). I adore hot chocolate any time of the year. I don't really drink any milk (by itself), so I tell myself that hot chocolate is a good source of calcium and a great alternative to overly fattening desserts (which I do thoroughly enjoy... occasionally...or more often than that).
I've grown tired of the hot chocolate packets because, despite my best efforts, I can't get them to "declump"... not in milk, water, after stirring, shaking, grrrr. So, I decided to make my own hot chocolate and solve the problem. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I will never, ever have a powdered mix again...how did I even drink one in the first place? It was, in one word ...beautiful... and it can hold it's own against any dessert. I found a delicious recipe on allrecipes.com by Jeanie Bean. I simply altered some of the ingredients (made it with less sugar, no half and half, and only used skim - so it qualifies as "healthy", right??) and added my own flavors (caramel and cinnamon). I'm in love... it is rich, dark chocolate with a perfect paring of cinnamon and caramel. This will definitely give you yummy dreams!
Caramel and Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 c. organic white sugar (you can probably even half this and it would still be delish!)
a pinch of salt
1/3 c. boiling water
3 1/2 c. cold skim milk
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. caramel sauce
1. Mix cocoa, sugar, and salt in a sauce pan.
2. Add already boiling water to the sauce pan and stir.
3. Heat until mixture boils, stir constantly.
4. Turn the heat down and allow mixture to simmer for about 2 minutes.
5. Slowly add milk and continue to heat (but do not let it boil).
6. Stir in cinnamon and caramel.
|After adding cinnamon and caramel|
7. Pour and enjoy!
I plan to try peppermint oil next time instead of cinnamon and caramel. The possibilities are endless... I love it!
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