The temperature is starting to drop once again (and on some days it’s kind of rising at the same time – I think the weather is confused). We are already less than a week from Halloween and I’m still not even ready for that. For some reason it feels like the holidays and seasons are changing faster than ever for me. All I want to do is curl up into a snuggly warm ball and hibernate. Alas, real life calls and that is entirely not possible. Aside from all of the Halloween decor and candy, you know what else I am seeing a lot of lately? Yep, hot chocolate! I want to melt just thinking about holding a hot mug of that stuff while I’m shivering at my desk from the chill in our New England air recently. I could easily just buy a box of it for myself but then that wouldn’t be fair for my boyfriend who, as you know, suffers from a casein allergy. After we saw the culprit of false hope and sadness, I decided to cheer my boyfriend up by creating my own recipe for hot chocolate based on what we had in our pantry. It came out tasting even better than my initial expectations for it were & I am happy to share it with you! It whips up in about 5 minutes and my recipe is enough for two so that you may share a snuggly and delicious mug of warmth with someone else!
Dairy Free Hot Chocolate Recipe
- 2 1/2 C Almond Milk
- 1 TBSP Cocoa Powder
- 3 TBSP Powdered Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- (Optional) Marshmallows and/or crushed peppermint candy
Place milk into a medium pot and heat on med/high until the milk begins to simmer. (This can take about 5 minutes for cold milk) Once the milk is simmering, remove from heat and add the cocoa powder, powdered sugar & extract. Whisk contents thoroughly so that there are no clumps and all ingredients have been incorporated. Carefully pour into two of your favorite mugs & enjoy the warmth! I typically plop in 3 regular sized marshmallows at the end for myself. I hope you enjoy my dairy free hot chocolate recipe as much as we do!
- Try using peppermint extract in place of the vanilla & add some marshmallows with crushed peppermint candies on top once the hot cocoa is in your mug!
- Add more (or less) powdered sugar to the mix depending on the level of sweetness you prefer. I tried 2 TBSP the first time around but 3 TBSP suited our tastes much better!
- Instead of using the stove, you may whisk all ingredients in a mixing bowl first. Then, pour into your individual microwave-safe mugs and microwave until hot.