Whether you’re in the Florida heat or snowy Colorado, this Almond Milk Hot Chocolate is the perfect way to wind down after a long Fall/Winter day.
Do you ever go in phases with your food?
Like, you eat the same snack everyday for two years, and then it fades away and you replace it with another snack for another two years, and the cycle goes on and on.
That’s me to a T.
I ate an apple with peanut butter every single day for, I swear, five years. Now? I don’t remember the last time I ate that for a snack. The same goes for hot chocolate. I remember one Winter I ate it every night as my dessert. It’s so nice to just slowly sip in front of the TV with a blanket wrapped around you. I did that for a good while, and for some reason that faded, too.
BUT, and a big BUT… it’s back. It has made it’s way back into my rotation, and I couldn’t be happier.
I wish so desperately that there was more of a seasonal change here in Florida. Some people are probably thinking I’m crazy right about now, but if you’re a Florida native, you totally understand. It becomes Fall and everybody starts whippin’ out the pumpkin and the scarves and the whole nine. I might have my Bath and Body Works pumpkin candle flickering, and my house may smell like Fall, but when I walk outside I am instantly drenched in sweat.
So, guess what I do?
I turn down the A/C, crank on the fan, get a little chilly, make some Almond Milk Hot Chocolate and grab a blanket. Instantly, it’s Fall!
I love this version of hot chocolate because 1) it’s dairy-free and regular milk can wreak havoc on my stomach, 2) it contains cinnamon which adds an awesome aroma and spicy note to an otherwise overly sweet treat, and 3) I simply feel better knowing I made it myself and it didn’t come out of a package (not sayin’ I don’t enjoy those little hot chocolate packets, though!).
- 2½ cups almond milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- ⅛ tsp salt
- Optional toppings:
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- Add almond milk and cinnamon sticks to a small sauce pan over medium heat.
- Cook on medium for about 5 minutes. Turn heat down to low, and let simmer for about ten minutes.
- Remove the cinnamon sticks and set aside.
- Whisk in cocoa powder, sugar, and salt to almond milk. Continue whisking for about a minute.
- Divide hot chocolate into two mugs and enjoy topped with marshmallows
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