I'm FINALLY back to blogging some recipes. After our recent move I have been MIA for quite a while but, I have continued to be busy in the kitchen so, I have a lot of catching up to do. I really hope I can get at least one new recipe up each week. But with 2 kiddos and homeschooling, we shall see. I have no clue how other blogger Mommie's do it. NO. CLUE!
With all of this cold weather we are not used to, I have been on a mission to create a rich, decadent hot cocoa recipe free of dairy, soy, refined sugars etc. But, not necessarily free of fat. I had to leave some fun in there! ;) I was making yet another recipe last week when I opened my cabinet and my package of raw cacao butter fell out of the cabinet. Naturally, I decided to toss some into the pot to see what would happen. Oh! My! Ganache!!! This was exactly what my cocoa needed all along! This recipe is almost like drinking a cup of hot, melted ganache (only not quite as thick). It has a smooth, rich, coat your ribs kind of texture and it's sweet but, not sickeningly so. And the cacao powder no longer sinks to the bottom of the mug. When topped with some homemade coconut whipped cream, it's pure heaven right in your mug.
I HIGHLY recommend using the full fat coconut milk for the best experience. My favorite brand aside from making my own is Native Forest Organic Classic Coconut Milk. It is by far the richest version of canned coconut milk I have come across and if you let it settle in the fridge, you will see that it has the highest content of "cream" (coconut fat). Raw cacao butter is pretty pricy but, it's worth every penny. Especially in this recipe.
While I have been making more and more "paleo" recipes, I do not follow a paleo diet. However, I added paleo to my title because I have found this is the easiest way to let people know that the recipe is free of, grains, gluten, dairy, processed/refined sugars etc.
Anyways, I hope you & your family love this recipe as much as my family & I do. Enjoy!
Ultra Decadent Paleo Hot ChocolateServes 2-4 (depending on the cup size)
Ingredients:--4 Tbsp.of good quality cacao or cocoa powder. (So far I have used Earth Circle Organics Raw Balinese Cacao Powder but, waiting for Navitas Naturals to come in the mail).
--1/4 C Raw Honey
--2 cans full fat coconut milk room temp, shaken well
--Apx. 4 Tbsp. of raw cacao butter (I used Bright Earth Foods Organic Raw Cacao Butter) (I used 4 good sized chunks out of my bag...just eyeball it).
- Mix honey & cacao powder together in the pot, add a small amount of coconut milk until it forms a thick "sauce".
- Turn heat on med/high.
- While whisking, add the cacao butter and whisk continusly until the cacao butter has melted.
- While continuing to whisk, slowly pour the rest of the coconut milk in & whisk until hot but, not boiling.
- Remove from the heat, pour into mugs and garnish with a dollop of coconut whipped cream (see below) and a sprinkle of cinnamon if you wish. (it adds a tasty touch).
There is an abundance of recipes and tutorials for making this. I'm just posting how I make mine here so you won't have to go look somewhere else. It's super simple...2 ingredients and done in 1 min.
Ingredients:--1 can of full fat coconut milk chilled upside down in the back of the fridge for at least 1 day...several is better. (Or 1 C of homemade WITH fat).
--Aprox. 1 Tblsp. of raw honey or a little more to taste.
- Open the can and pour off the liquid.
- Scoop out the "cream" (coconut fat) into a mixing bowl.
- Add the honey.
- Using an electric mixer, cream the fat & honey together until smooth & creamy. OR using a hand whisk, whisk it vigorously.
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