Author Notes: This is something I made for my sister who is lactose intolerant. My sis has never been a fan of vegan 'dairy' substitutes, but she loves this! This simple recipe is delicious without the chemical weirdness of the boxed hot chocolate we all love. The ratio of cocoa powder to sugar is 1 : 1, so it's easy to make more for more people. —Alex Peters
tablespoon RAW organic cocoa powder
tablespoon organic sugar
cup RAW shredded organic coconut, full fat
You can also use baking cocoa powder- reg. or dutch process- to great results too. The raw cocoa powder is a bit sharper and makes a more deeply chocolate taste; think hot choc. made out of cocoa nibs!
- Boil 1 & 1/2 cups of water.
- Once the water has boiled, turn off the heat and add cocoa powder, sugar, salt and if desired, cinnamon.
- Whisk all ingredients together in saucepan until well combined. (This will take a good minute or two because of the powdery texture of the cocoa but hang in there.)
- Cover saucepan and leave on counter.
- Put coconut flakes and 1/2 cup of water in a blender. Blend on high for 2 minutes or until well combined. ( in a vitamix, blend on medium and this takes about 40 seconds) You are basically making a very small batch of homemade coconut milk! Homemade coconut milk is a very common recipe now and here is the link to Paleomom.com, where I first learned about it. http://www.thepaleomom.com/2012/04/recipe-homemade-coconut-milk.html
- Strain the just blended coconut water mix through a fine mesh colander, some cheese cloth or a nut milk bag, to get the remaining little coconut bits out of the milk.
- Add one Tablespoon of the strained coconut milk to the cocoa powder mix in the saucepan and stir to combine. Add more coconut milk as desired, to taste.
- If the cocoa mix has gotten too cool while you were making the coconut milk, heat everything up again to a simmer. Then, enjoy!
- P.s. Do adjust ingredients to suit your tastes. Some people like more cocoa powder, others more sugar, more coconut milk, it really depends what you prefer.
- Here are some other optional ingredients that are lovely additions to this basic recipe: - anise seed ( my favorite) - a few drops of food grade orange oil - a few drops of pepperment flavoring - crushed mint leaves - teaspoon of vanilla or vanilla powder - a pinch of cayenne pepper