Monday, October 17, 2011

Rich and Creamy Spiced Hot Chocolate

Post number 13 for VeganMoFo.

Hot chocolate is another one of things that I look forward to during Autumn. While it has been very warm during the days, the evenings have been cool. The colder air has put us in the mood for hot chocolate. My favorite element of our hot chocolate is the subtle undertone of heat. It is not very sweet and I have found that the beauty in this drink is the coc
oa, vanilla, and cayenne. In playing with the recipe, I have learned the sweeter the drink, the less of the flavors that you taste. Have no fear, if you do not like spicy foods, you can leave out the cayenne.

So here is my take on hot chocolate.

Rich and Creamy Spiced Hot Chocolate
3/4 c unsweetened almond milk
3/4 c mimic creme (soy creamer would work here as well)
2 Tbsp vegan gluten free chocolate chips
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3 tsp Mayan cocoa (includes cocoa, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. If you don't have this you could add in more cinnamon and cayenne pepper to you
r cocoa to taste.)
1/4 tsp agave nectar
Vegan marshmallows (Dandies or Sweet and Sara)

Place the almond milk and mimic creme into a small saucepan. H
eat slowly on med-low heat. Add the chocolate chips and whisk until melted. Then add in the vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa, and whisk vigorously until the cocoa dissolves. Add in the agave nectar and take a small taste to see if it is sweet enough to your liking. Don't forget that the sweeter you make it, the less you will taste the flavors.

When hot enough, pour into a mug and top with several vegan marshmallows. Enjoy your warm beverage!


Mandee said...

I've never tried hot chocolate with chilli but I really like the look of yours so I'm going to give it a go, even though it's spring (it's actually a bit chilly today)

Cara said...

Ooooooh, homemade hot chocolate! It's finally beginning to cool down here in L.A. so hopefully I can make a batch soon! P.S. where do you buy Sweet and Sara's? I've never heard of them...

VeggieAmanda said...

We sometimes drink this in the summer too! :-)

Cara- we get them at our Whole Foods. You can also order them online at the Sweet and Sara website. I think Dandees work well if you can find them.

GiGi said...

I like spicy! I've never seen mimicreme around these parts. Now I must hunt it down for this delightful hot chocolate.

VeggieAmanda said...

Hi GiGi- I bought a bunch of mimic creme on sale as it was being discontinued. 'd recommend using a soy, coconut, or almond creamer if you can't locate mimic creme. I'm not sure I'll be able to find it any longer either.

Cara said...

Because of this post, as I was browsing WholeFoods, I saw this MimiCreme and picked up. I thought--hey, Amanda had that in one of her posts. When I actually read what it was for, I wanted to kiss you in person! What a find--thank you for exposing me to this!! xoxo

VeggieAmanda said...

Cara- you are very sweet! I'm so glad you found it! I can't wait to hear how you like it! I find that it works best in hot chocolate and baking! xoxoxo to you too! :-)

Cara said...

I wish I knew about it sooner--I'm in love. But better late than never. THANK YOU! I made a caramel sauce with it and it is heavenly...

VeggieAmanda said...

Cara- A caramel sauce? Please share the recipe! :-)