Step away from your hot-cocoa packets & make this instead!

by Erica on February 17, 2014

Hi CGH Peeps!

I’m so stoked to begin offering healthy recipes on my website!  It makes total sense since my motto is- “Good health is contagious…pass it on!”  Most of my favorite, healthier recipes have been passed on to me from friends and family.  When I find something delicious and healthy, or at least healthier, I pass it along as well.

Since it’s been snowing all week, and I am constantly cold, I decided to launch my recipes with my favorite hot chocolate recipe.  Truth be told- as healthy as I try to eat, I am a chocolate-holic.  While I’ve eliminated the majority  of sugar from my diet over the last six months, I still indulge in chocolate here and there.

After discovering just how bad my usual go-to hot cocoa packets really were, I searched for recipes, so I could make my own.  (If you have any packets in your house- check out the sugar content on the box.  It’s crazy.)

I found a recipe for “creamy hot cocoa” on allrecipes.com.  While it was delicious, it also included 3/4 cup of sugar- almost 1/4 cup of sugar per mug.  Waaaayyyyy too much sugar for our sweet bodies.  I tried the recipe using 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup cup-for-cup stevia.  It tasted very good, but it was still too much sugar for me.  So, I dropped the sugar all together, and used 3/4 cup cup-for-cup stevia, and it was fantastic.  I could not tell there was no sugar in it.  I had my very picky and honest 9 year old twin niece and nephew try it, and they loved it- it passed the test!

If you’re unfamiliar with stevia, it comes from an herb found in South America, and is quite sweet, although it contains no sugar.  Stevia is sweeter than sugar, so you don’t need as much stevia in recipes.  In order to make life easier for myself, when I replace sugar in recipes with stevia, I prefer to buy the cup-for-cup stevia.  However, you can easily find a conversion chart online that will tell you how much stevia to use in place of sugar, if you’d rather not use the cup-for-cup.  If you’d like to learn more about stevia, Dr. Andrew Weil has info on his website here- click here for the article.

For those of you who are dairy free- skip the 1/2 and 1/2 and whipped cream, and use your “milk” of choice.  It’ll be just as delicious!

Enjoy!  🙂

Delicious & Healthy Hot Chocolate

Serves 3-4
Prep time 2 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 12 minutes
Dietary Diabetic
Meal type Beverage, Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot
Occasion Christmas, Valentines day
Website Catch Good Health
This is a really healthy hot chocolate recipe, and you'd never guess it doesn't have sugar. (For real.) It can also easily be adapted to be dairy free. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (You can go the Hershey's route, or find a healthier, organic version.)
  • 3/4 cups cup for cup stevia
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 1/2 cups milk (Use whatever milk you prefer. I use whatever we happen to have, but you can also go dairy free. Feel free to experiment!)
  • 3/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream (Optional- it can be used to cool the hot chocolate for faster drinking.)
  • whipped cream (Optional)

Directions

Step 1
Use a small pot to boil the water, and get that going.
Step 2
While the water is getting hot, combine the cocoa, stevia, and salt in a larger pot, and turn the heat on low. It should only take another minute for the water to be boiling.
Step 3
Add the boiling water to the dry ingredients, and stir constantly. It makes a small, thick, chocolate mixture. This step is critical, and the mixture can burn easily. Once it looks thoroughly consistent, add the milk. It shouldn't take longer than one minute. If the mixture starts to stick to the pot, add the milk immediately. Turn the heat to medium, or a little above medium, depending on your stove.
Step 4
You want the mixture to get hot, but don't let it boil! Once it starts to steam, turn the heat off, and add the vanilla extract. This is my favorite step- it smells so delicious now!
Step 5
If you are inpatient like I am, you can add a little 1/2 and 1/2 to your mug, and then add the hot chocolate. This helps cool it off for you.
Step 6
Top it off with whipped cream, if you like, and enjoy!!

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Leslie March 28, 2014 at 4:45 pm

This hot cocoa recipe looks great; I am definitely going to try it! My husband made a really tasty, healthy dip recently. It’s made with cannelini (sp?) beans, olive oil, lemon, and garlic. We served it with baked pita chips. It would also be great with veggies! Let me know if you’d like the recipe.

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