Warm Cocoa for Winter

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After the last post I wanted to try something simple, yet tasty, so I went with a tweaked version of 2-Ingredient Nutella Hot Chocolate  by Gimme Some Oven.

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2-Ingredient Almond Hot Chocolate

  • 2 Tbsp. Trader Joe’s Cocoa Almond Spread
  • 1 cup almond milk

DIRECTIONS:
Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until steaming (not boiling), stirring occasionally. Add in the Trader Joe’s Cocoa Almond Spread, and whisk until dissolved.
Serve immediately, either plain or with your desired toppings.

Since I am in the middle of our “I Quit Sugar 8 week plan“, I am jonesing for sugar on a daily basis, the cravings are especially strong in the middle of the afternoon, from 12-3. To help combat this monkey on my back, I have turn to teas, my favorite has become Chai. It is a complex flavor that tip toes on the edge of sweetness. That is what makes this recipe for Vegan Chai Hot Chocolate from Fit Foodie Finds so wonderful.

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Vegan Chai Hot Chocolate

  • 2 cups vanilla almond milk, unsweetened (you can sweetened)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon DIY Chai Spice

DIRECTIONS:
Place all ingredients in a medium size sauce pan. Bring to a rolling boil and whisk until spices and cocoa powder have dissolved. Reduce heat and let simmer for 3-5 minutes.

With my new work schedule, we only get one day off a week together, and I wanted to make our day off special. I made this Black Cherry Bourbon Hot Chocolate from Living Better Together.

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Black Cherry Bourbon Hot Chocolate

  • 1½ cups almond milk
  • 5 tbsp tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 oz. Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon by Jim Beam
  • coconut cream or marshmallows for topping

DIRECTIONS:
In a small saucepan, heat almond milk and cocoa powder over medium – high heat until it starts to steam (do not boil).
Whisk frequently.
Pour 1 oz. of black cherry bourbon into each cup.
Evenly divide hot chocolate between the two cups.
Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

On my next post I will show you how I use the Ajies Dulces in a Puerto Rican favorite, Sofrito.
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