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How to Make a Vegan Hot Chocolate
One of the most popular and nostalgic drinks of all time during the winter months is hot chocolate. Advertisements and pictures of families are full of this classic scene, but for some, dairy can present a range of issues. What should you do if you’re a person who is trying to avoid dairy products? Do you have to give up on ever having hot chocolate drinks ever again? Fortunately, the answer is no! Here are some simple steps required to make a healthy, vegan hot chocolate for the holidays.
What You Will Need
For this very simple recipe, all you need is a cup, some semi-sweet, non-dairy chocolate, a cup of almond milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, and a sweetener like sugar or a sugar replacement. Stevia works great to replace sugar if you want something a bit lower in carbs.
Of course, you can choose to make your non-dairy hot chocolate as simple or as intricate as you would like by simply adding more ingredients. These could include mint, or spearmint leaves, cinnamon, and other spices, but one of the most highly recommended flavors that you can add is vanilla. Vanilla is widely believed to have the ability to magnify the flavor in dark and semisweet chocolates, so give it a go and see how it tastes!
Making the Drink
Generally, you can use a microwave for the drink, but if you want the flavor to pop out the best, you might want to consider simmering the ingredients in a small pot or pan that can sufficiently hold the contents. I prefer this method because I’m able to maintain a steady heat and consistently stir the ingredients to create a smooth texture. Once the liquid becomes smooth looking in appearance, you can pour it into a cup. At this time, add the herbs to steep and absorb the flavor.
A Final Touch
Go the extra mile to make your vegan hot chocolate delicious with whipped coconut cream as an alternative to marshmallows or milk. This wonderful frothy cream gives your hot chocolate the texture that makes it feel festive and a part of tradition as any other drink you might see in a mid-century painting. Show off your new dairy free hot chocolate skills and give your non-dairy diet friends and family a new treat!