This is a picture from December, when we took some hot cocoa to the park in a thermos with a few ceramic mugs and some Joan's gluten free bagels.
It is pretty chilly out again--the perfect time to enjoy a cup of homemade hot chocolate. Enjoy life chocolate chips, agave and coconut milk make a great gluten free/casein free hot cocoa. But we also have made hot cocoa by making a paste with cocoa and agave/sugar and adding coconut milk. Below are both recipes.
If some family members still consume dairy, you can use the same chocolate cocoa base with cow's milk instead of coconut milk. So Delicious Coconut Milk works well for a GFCF hot chocolate. I buy the coconut milk in cartons from Whole Foods Market but they sell it at Natural Frontier Market if it's too snowy to get downtown! Another option to make a dairy free hot chocolate is to use rice milk or water with a few tablespoons of canned coconut milk.
Hot Chocolate Recipe (with GFCF option)
2 tablespoons Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (GFCF) or chocolate chips of choice
1/2 or 1 tablespoon agave or sugar
pinch of salt
1 cup of So Delicious Coconut Milk or "milk" of choice
Melt chocolate in microwave for 10 seconds at a time until melted in mug. Stir in sugar or agave. Heat milk until steaming. Add to melted chocolate for a super creamy chocolaty treat. Add a marshmallow for extra credit.
Hot Cocoa Recipe (with GFCF option)
2 teaspoons organic cocoa
1 Tablespoon sugar or agave
tiny pinch of salt
few drops of vanilla
1 cup milk of choice--we use So Delicious Coconut Milk
Make paste from cocoa, agave or sugar, pinch of salt and vanilla. Heat milk until steaming. Add slowly to paste. Serve with a marshmallow for extra fun.