Espresso Hot Chocolate

Espresso Hot Chocolate…I know what you are thinking. Isn’t that simply mocha? Well, sort of. You see, mocha is typically a shot of espresso with milk and chocolate sauce. This recipe is a much healthier version, boasting dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and low-sugar credentials (although you could never tell since it certainly tastes delicious!).

I have been hooked on coffee (more recently venturing out to try espresso) ever since I sought out sipping caffeine as a natural headache treatment. I love the fragrant, unmistakeable aroma and the pleasant, earthy flavor.

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My recipe combines two of my favorite flavors: coffee and chocolate.

What you will need:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 packets stevia
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder (Omit for plain hot chocolate)
  • Marshmallows (optional; adding this will increase the sugar content)

I love Dandies natural marshmallows or SmashMallow espresso bean-flavored ones as toppings!

Pour all ingredients into a blender, and blend until combined. Then pour this mixture into a mug and either heat on the stove (over medium heat) until warm or microwave for 1 and 1/2 minutes. Snuggle up by the fire and sip for the most relaxing winter treat!

Fun Foodie Fact: One cup of almond milk contains half our daily Vitamin E needs. Vitamin E moisturizes the skin, which is immensely helpful during these cold and dry winter months! {Source: Jolene Hart, CHC, AADP, Author of Eat Pretty}

 

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