How do you take your hot chocolate? Thick? With marshmallows? And whipped cream?!
While the timing for this post may be a bit off, what with the weather changing and summer beginning, I figured this recipe would make you want to crank the A/C and pretend Santa’s trying to squeeze his way down your chimney. Enter exhibit C….
Our family loves hot dochi! Dochi (pronounced doe-chee) is the word my two-year-old daughter hears when I say chocolate, hence, it has become our moniker for the velvety, delicious substance.
I have seen and sampled many hot chocolate recipes, and while many of them were delicious, most are fat-laden and sugar heavy. This recipe is different in that, where others use chopped chocolate and cream to achieve a thick consistency, I employ the easily digested starch, arrowroot.
With no added fat, I consider it to be the ideal ingredient for this drink’s imperative viscosity. The sweetness comes from a combination of natural sugar and stevia. I find that stevia on its own is a bit too off-putting, but paired with another source of sweetness, it generates the perfect taste while still lowering the carbs (and candida effects).
- 1 c. water
- 1 c. dairy-free milk of your choice
- 2 T. cocoa powder
- 2 T. carob (or more cocoa) powder
- 1 T. arrowroot
- 2 T. sweetener (turbinado, honey, maple syrup, etc.)
- 1 t. vanilla
- 10 drops liquid stevia
- pinch of salt (weird, but don't skip it!)
- cinnamon, for sprinkling atop
- In a saucepan, whisk the water with the cocoa and carob powders, sugar, and salt until smooth.
- Place the saucepan on the stove, and turn the heat to medium high.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk and the arrowroot.
- Heat the water/cocoa mix until fairly hot.
- Whisk in the arrowroot slurry and bring the mix to a boil, stirring continuously.
- Once thickened, remove pan from heat.
- Stir in vanilla and stevia.
- Top as desired!
I love the combination of carob and cocoa, as well as the addition of cinnamon, but feel free to use all cocoa, and omit the cinnamon, if you desire. However, do not omit the salt! The small pinch really brings out all of the flavors.
What is your favorite way to enjoy hot chocolate?