Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Secret ingredient vegan hot chocolate recipe

This vegan hot chocolate recipe comes with me from the States. Around the winter months I'd pull this one out and also add some coffee liqueur to it (Kahlua to be exact). But that's not the secret ingredient: you know what is? Coconut oil! Yes, coconut oil. Though it has saturated fat, coconuts are anti microbial, anti fungal, and highly cleansing. 1 teaspoon's worth it all you need for this recipe.


-1 ½ cup of hot water
-1 tbs cocoa powder
-1 ½ tsp sugar
-2 drops of vanilla extract
-pinch of salt
-1 tsp coconut oil
-1/2 cup of chocolate soy milk

-Place the cocoa powder, sugar and a pinch of salt in your mug while boiling the hot water.

-When boiled, add the hot water to the mug and mix the cocoa powder, sugar and salt.

-Once mixed, add the drops of vanilla and the chocolate soy milk.

-Stir the coconut oil.


Cooking addendum:

Adding the coconut oil last has its pros and cons: As a pro, the soy milk will have cooled off the cocoa by the time you add the oil. This enables the coconut oil to remain in tact and so it won’t be denatured by heat, making this the healthier option. As a con, it’s a bit more difficult to mix into the beverage. This means the oil might rise to the top of your drink. If you prefer the oil to be more evenly distributed in the drink, add it with the boiling water in step 2.