‘Tis the season for something delish! It might not be blustery or cold just yet, but that’s no excuse to not wear scarves or sip hot chocolate on the regular. And you’re in luck, because I KNOW hot chocolate!
By now hopefully all of you are buying whole milk, when you purchase milk. Are we all on board?
And you’ve ditched your microwave right?
Ditch that zero and get with a hero – the stove.
OK enough ranting – below is one of my favorite recipes for hot chocolate… a must for me this time of year (well, fuck it – anytime of year). I have a few great hot chocolate recipes that I use in rotation, but this is a tasty classic. It’s substantial, nutty from the raw cacao and tastes very indulgent. This can definitely be used as a desert replacement or when you need to drink your emotions. Or, when you just want a little lift, without a ton of caffeine.
Try it out and tell me what you think in the comments section below!
2 cups whole, raw milk
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tsp raw cacao nibs
1 tbsp organic brown sugar
1 generous dash of Cinnamon and 1 Vanilla bean.
In a small sauce pot, warm your cacao nibs alone for 1 minute to “open up” the nibs (they can be antisocial). You should be able to smell the nutty scent right away – but be sure not to burn them, leaving the heat at mid – mid/high heat. Pour in your milk, cacao powder, brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon. Stir with a metal whisk constantly, allowing all the ingredients to get to know each other for a few minutes. Once the elixir is warmed to your desired temperature, taste a sip to see if you want to add anything more. If there are still tiny particles floating around, keep on the heat and stir for another minute or two. The nibs often don’t fully melt, but that’s cool – it gives it a little extra texture as you are sipping.
Pour into a fancy mug and stir with a vanilla bean. Allow the vanilla bean to hang out in your mug, steeping it’s yummy and fragrant oils.
Feel free to top dress with a dollop of a Bourbon whipped cream or Cardamom oil drizzle. Another dash of cinnamon doesn’t hurt either.
I suggest enjoying your drink while stalking an ex on facebook, online shopping and/or deleting ugly feeds from your instagram account with abandon. This hot chocolate is packed full of antioxidants and other beneficial properties... so you’re basically really, really fucking healthy right now.