It’s funny how your childhood can shape your perceptions of food. For example, I used to think that croutons were symmetrical toasty cubes from a box. No idea that they were actually toasted bread, and that you could make them yourself. Same with salad dressing.
Some of you also identified with my mashed potato misconception – that flakes from a box mixed with water magically made potatoes.
Our path to eating real food has helped us bust some of these myths, and learn that there’s a real way to make many of these “ready-made” items. But apparently we still have a few left to bust. Until about a week ago, we thought hot chocolate meant “chocolatey sugary powder in a packet”.
I had actually resigned myself to giving up this drink altogether, since powder with unidentified ingredients doesn’t mesh well with our eating philosophy…and getting accustomed to natural sweeteners makes overly sugary things taste a bit flat.
Thanks to Alex’s inspiration, we’ve found a way to enjoy hot chocolate without the powder – and without dairy or refined sugar! Somehow, cocoa powder, soy milk and honey can be combined to make a delicious, chocolatey drink that tastes similar to the powdery variety, but a bit more…real. (You also can use milk if you have it on hand as well!)
Since it’s made of mostly pantry items, you can whip this up with little forethought. I know we’ll be doing so frequently in the cold months to come!
Homemade “Natural” Hot Chocolate
Notes: To make larger quantity, double or triple the recipe as necessary, using a larger container for the microwave method. You also can use the stovetop method, which is easy for larger batches.
What You Need
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
2 cups soy milk (or milk)
What To Do
1 In glass 2-cup measuring cup, place 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons honey, 1/4 cup water and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (if using). Microwave on high for about 20 seconds. (Alternatively for the stovetop method, place these ingredients in a pan over medium heat.) Once they are heated, whisk the ingredients together until they form a smooth, chocolately slurry.
2 Add a bit of the soy milk and whisk it in to temper the hot mixture. Once it is incorporated, add the remainder of the 2 cups of milk.
3 Microwave for another 2 1/2 to 3 minutes until hot. For the stovetop method, heat the mixture over medium heat until hot, taking care that it does not boil.
Pour into mugs and enjoy!