Say hello to hot chocolate’s angelic counterpart…
I’m attempting to abstain from chocolate for a bit, so I’ve had to get a bit more creative with other flavors in the kitchen.
I recently concocted a healthier marshmallow recipe (using part maple syrup and part stevia). Naturally, I needed a hot and rich drink in which to drown them, but since my husband has a sensitive stomach and chocolate is one of his biggest offenders, I thought this liquid refreshment would be a perfect substitute, as he loves vanilla.
While hot chocolate is difficult to surpass in its culinary excellence, this little beverage makes a great alternative for those who have allergy difficulty with cocoa powder or for children. It also makes a great nightcap because there’s no caffeine to stimulate you and it can be made to be sugar-free, if desired.
- 1 c. non-dairy milk of choice divided
- 1 t. arrowroot
- 2 t. maple syrup or honey or about 8-10 drops stevia
- 3/4 t. vanilla extract
- 5 drops stevia or another teaspoon of sweetener
- dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg about 1/8 teaspoon of each or to taste
- Add 1/2 cup of milk to a saucepan, and begin to heat the milk over medium-low heat.
- Whisk the other 1/2 cup of milk with the arrowroot in a separate bowl.
- Add sweetener along with the milk/arrowroot mixture to the saucepan and stir to combine.
- Continue stirring the mix over medium high heat for about 3-5 minutes until it begins to thicken.
- Once thickened, remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Top with a handful of healthy marshmallows and enjoy!
Nutrition facts are based using unsweetened almond milk, two teaspoons of maple syrup and 5 drops of liquid stevia. Weight Watchers points (new system): 2
This is really delicious with freshly grated spices over the top (especially the nutmeg).
This recipe is probably putting the cart before the horse in terms of the marshmallows, but I will have a recipe for them up soon for those of you that were interested. 🙂 They make a great addition to this drink and are delicious for snacking on, teehee.
What’s your favorite cold weather treat?