A spicy creamy hot cocoa to warm your heart
I have always loved hot chocolate, especially in the winter months in Montreal, Canada. This recipe is perfect for anyone and especially those avoiding dairy as much as possible like my daughter, so this recipe is made with milkadamia, which is a brand of macadamia milk.
Hot chocolate brings back fond memories of my childhood. I remember playing outside in the freezing winter with my sister, then going to my grandparent’s house who lived across the street from us for a yummy cup of hot cocoa!
My grandmother would always remove our mittens and warm up our fingers by rubbing them together in her hands. Then it was hot chocolate time! No special recipe, just boiled water in the kettle with a spoonful of hot chocolate mix. This made a yummy hot drink which I wrapped my hands around to finish defrosting my fingers from the frigid weather outside. The recipe has changed, but the memories with my grandparents and sister live on forever.
I use milkadamia (unsweetened), a product made by Jindilli Beverages. Jindilli is an indigenous word for macadamias. Macadamias are grown with love and farming from this family business born out of the east coast of Australia. I love the smooth creamy taste of milkadamia and it works well in baking and smoothies as well.
Milkadamia (unsweetened) has a delicious milky taste I love without any added sugar. Explore their different products made with the highest quality macadamias.
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I have tried many different hot chocolates through the years and finally found a simple easy recipe that I enjoy all year long. I especially enjoy the spoonfuls of fluffy mousse that this recipe produces. Yummy deliciousness!!
This organic baking cocoa is really heavenly, but others will work just as well.
What does frothing mean?
Frothing is a culinary technique to create small bubbles, called foam, by agitating liquid briskly. Foam formation requires a bit of protein, so this recipe also uses a small amount of oat milk.
The milk frother I use doesn’t require batteries and is charged by USB which is quite handy.
Enjoy a cup today!
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Milkadamia Spicy Hot Chocolate
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- Pour the milkadamia and oatmilk in a large mug
- Add honey (optional)
- Heat in microwave for approximately 2 minutes
- Use frother to froth
- Add cocoa, cayenne, and cinnamon
- Froth mixture again until desired foam is reached
- Sprinkle with dark chocolate shavings (optional)
- Enjoy the fluffy froth and spicy kick!
*Any milk can be substituted, but some may froth better than others. It is the fats and proteins found in milk that determine how well the milk can be frothed. The addition of oatmilk in this recipe helps yield a great foam! *For added sweetness, add more honey 🍯 or maple syrup to the milk before heating or any sugar or sugar substitute before frothing. I prefer it unsweetened, but you can choose the sweetness level that works best for your tastebuds. *The cayenne quantity can be adjusted depending on the level of heat 🌶🌶🌶 you are ready to take on, I like it hot!
Hand Size Portions
When you look at the nutritional values of a meal to log what you are eating, that is called tracking macros. A lot of people use this method to reach their health goals.
Looking at hand portion size and using this method to gauge how and what you eat is also a great method to help you reach your health goals. Many people who use this method often think this form of tracking meals is easier and more sustainable for a lifetime.
Want to learn more about hand portion size and how to use it to reach your goals? Check out the article How to Get Started with Hand Portion Sizes.
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