Thursday, February 28, 2013

Easy Dairy Free Hot Chocolate


I can't think of anything much better than hot chocolate on a cold winter day, especially a snow day! We were recently in Pittsburgh, PA visiting our family, and while we there a ton of snow came down. There's even more there now! I don't willingly go out in the snow now, but when I was little there wasn't a better treat than going sled riding or making a snowman with my brothers and coming back inside to my mom's stovetop hot chocolate. I skipped the stove and just used the microwave, but if you have a whole family of soy milk drinkers, the stovetop method is for you.

The trick to imitating the best dairy based hot chocolate is using the right milk. Silk's Very Vanilla Soymilk is the perfect alternative. It makes a thick and creamy hot chocolate that tastes just as good, if not better, than the real thing. If you try to make this recipe with regular soy milk, you won't get a great result unless you add thickeners, sweeteners, and flavors. So just buy the Silk Very Vanilla if you can drink it. Everything is already added to make it thick and delicious. I'd love to try some other milks and see what the result is, though this recipe is perfect.

An amazing thing about cocoa powder is that it's natural, pure, soft as a whisper ground cocoa. No dairy, sugar, or anything added. It's completely vegan. The only difference between hot cocoa mix and cocoa powder is the milk powder and sugar. Add sweetener to the cocoa powder and you have an instant dairy free hot cocoa mix.

Ingredients:

1 cup Silk Very Vanilla Soymilk
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons of Truvia (two packets), or your preferred sweetener to taste

                       

Directions:

1. Heat the soy milk in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Stir in cocoa powder immediately after heating. If you'd like it hotter, microwave in 15 second intervals until desired temperature.



2. Stir in vanilla and your choice of sweetener to taste. Add mini marshmallows to the top instead of whipped cream. Marshmallows are always dairy free!