Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Hot Chocolate, New Mexican Style

This hot chocolate recipe has a bit of spice...just the way we like it here in New Mexico. I added cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne pepper to warm things up on a cold winter night. Skip the cayenne if you want a milder version. Double chocolate (powder and chopped) and vanilla deliver rich chocolaty goodness. The use of coconut milk and coconut sugar instead of the more typical dairy milk and refined sugar add a healthy component not normally found in this beverage. You will drink this all winter. (and if you want to add a splash of rum or your favorite liqueur I won't say a word!) Happy Valentine's Day everyone....

Hot Chocolate, New Mexican Style
(1 serving)

1 tbsp unsweetened organic cocoa powder (I like the NOW, Real Food brand)
1 tbsp organic coconut sugar

1 tsp raw local honey
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
(from the refrigerated aisle, not canned)
2 oz best quality (70% cacao) bittersweet chocolate (I use Scharffenberger) well chopped 

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon 
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper(if desired)

Add the cocoa powder,coconut sugar, honey, vanilla and coconut milk to small saucepan set over medium heat. Whisk together ingredients until sugar and chocolate are completely dissolved. Add chopped chocolate and stir until melted. Whisk in salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne if using. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Serve immediately.

*Recipe can be doubled, tripled, much as you like... enjoy!

thank you idea go for the photo!

It is "Comforting Valentine's Desserts" week at Comfort Food Feast roundup. Check out the other delicious sounding recipes from my blogger friends. Do you have a favorite comforting dessert recipe? Feel free to share in the comments section or link to your blog if you have one. 
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  1. My family loves things with a little heat to them, also. I'm taking notes so I can try this one night while we're recovering from all this snow. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Never tried it this way, but it seems delicious! showing love #SITS

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