For many of us, rich, sweet, and savory foods are tightly associated with bundling up in front of the fire with friends and family, fighting off the cold weather (or artificial snow for those of us on the West Coast) and creating fond memories. It’s on those days that many of our New Year’s resolutions to cut back on sugar, fat, and other nutrients in excess go out the window. As with many of our favorite treats, there is a way to have one without the other. Sticking to our January 1st guns doesn’t necessarily mean saying no to our favorite winter past-times.
Honey is a great natural sweetener, and is often used as a substitute for sugar, but is typically not found in hot chocolate. With this blend of milk, cream and cocoa (or cacao!), you’re sure to get all of the taste, without drinking your recommended daily amount of added sugar.
You can still get the rich creamy taste of traditional hot chocolate without the dairy that comes along with whole milk and cream. Of course, you can purchase your favorite non-dairy milk, like almond or soy milk to steam and mix with your favorite cocoa powder, but if you’re feeling extra adventurous, try this recipe to create your own chocolate almond milk for a unique, dairy-free flavor. This recipe can be easily converted to hot chocolate by slowly steaming it on the stovetop!
Lighter hot chocolate doesn’t have to come at the cost of taste. After you whip up your naturally sweetened or dairy free hot chocolate, try adding a sprinkle of cinnamon to add flavor and anti-inflammatory properties, putting a fun, healthy spin on a winter favorite!