Decadent (Dairy-Free) Hot Cocoa

This recipe was created to help control my sugar intake during cravings, which often controlled me.

The secret to this hot cocoa is the nutty boost of toasted sesame oil, but the all-star here is Callebaut unsweetened dark 60% chocolate.

I say less sugar the better and my tastes have adapted to enjoying the bitter essence of pure chocolate, but I still enjoy a touch of sweetness.

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Why do I prefer honey?  Click here to find out. 


 

Sweet Treat (Dairy-Free) Hot Cocoa

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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CRAVING SUPPRESSOR ALERT! Creamy, chocolaty goodness—ready in minutes!


Credit: Kat Polomsky

Ingredients

      • 1/2 cup flax or hemp milk
      • 1/2 cup almond or cashew milk
      • 1/4 cup water
      • 2-3 tbsp local honey (Add more if you like sweeter)
      • 1/4 tsp toasted sesame oil
      • 1/4 cup dark chocolate, chopped (I use Callebaut unsweetened bitter chocolate)
      • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
      • 1/2 tsp sea salt
      • 1/2 tsp freshly ground cinnamon stick

     

Optional Ingredients:

  • Vegan marshmallows.  Make sure your marshmallows are vegan!  Many brands contain fish gelatin, collagen, or egg whites.  Have you ever made marshmallows at home?  Let me know how it worked out!
  • Fine toasted coconut,
  • Coconut cream
  • Finely ground protein powder.  Whisk in well with other ingredients in step 4.

Directions

1) Measure out 1/2 cup flax milk, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/4 tsp toasted sesame oil & honey and pour into small saucepan.

2) Set range to low and add dark chocolate to saucepan and slowly whisk continuously.

3) Continue to whisk liquid until chocolate is completely melted and begins to thicken.

4) Turn off heat and add 1/4 cup water, 1/2 tsp vanilla, salt, & cinnamon and continue to whisk until blended.

5) Pour the velvety smooth treat into your favorite mug and enjoy!

Note:  Even though unsweetened dark chocolate is used, it still contains high amounts of saturated fat and consists stearic acid and palmitic acid and should be used in  moderation.

Why Honey?

First off,  I do not like processed sugar, especially if sourced from cane sugar or palm sugar.

I prefer honey because it has a lower glycemic index, has more nutrients, medicinal properties, supports allergy relief, is easier to digest, and supports population growth of bees.  Honey makes a more sustainable sugar that mixes well and has subtle flavorings depending on the flower pollen collected.

Most sugars can cause heart disease, type 2 diabetes, weight gain, and cavities.

Sugar cane is a water-intensive crop that remains in the soil all year long and impacts many environmentally sensitive regions.  Pollutes water with fertilizer and helps encourage red waves which deplete oxygen for organisms in the water.  Is a cause of deforestation in some of the world’s most threatened ecosystems.

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Many vegans do not promote the use of honey as it violates the animals’ right free from human exploitation.  Other issues include kept queens having their wings trimmed and bees harmed during routine handling of the hive.

Bees are at risk of becoming endangered, with yellow-faced bees added to the list this past year, and need our support in order to help populations thrive.

Bees and other pollinators such as flies, butterflies, and moths, transport pollen between plants to trigger fertilization of seeds.

Without this vital component of the ecosystem, we would not only lose food but oxygen.

Be sure to purchase honey from ethical beekeepers in your local area.

Your purchase of honey will help support the growth of bee populations.

Other ways to help the bee population:

Buy organic—Pesticides kill bees.  Organic produce use less harmful pesticides and natural means of pest removal.

Grow plants that help bees—Lavender, Sage, Mint, Crocus, hyacinth, borage, calendula, and wild lilac to name a few.

Sources and more information about sugar cane :

WWF – Sugar Cane

WWF – Sugar Cane Farming

Deforestation Education 

Red Tide, Sugar, and the Everglades

Is honey better for you than sugar?