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Nourishing Hot Cocoa………..a recipe and story

As previously mentioned here, we enjoy a first- snow- of- the -season- hot- chocolate tradition in our home. It dates back to Big Brother’s childhood nights, almost 10 years ago.

It was December. It was days before Christmas, and it was finally snowing!  We had tucked our 10 year old into bed hours ago, and being the excellent sleeper that he has always been, he was more than likely, sleeping soundly.

I’ve always held a special love for the Christmas season and the romance that a first snow brings (perhaps because my future self would have two Christmas babies!) So when those fat, white chunks fell from the sky, and the brown earth slipped away under the floof, I ran into his bedroom, summoning E from under his warm, horse-print sheets and dragged him out to enjoy the late-night snowfall.

“Come on!” I shouted out the front door that was reserved for the kind of company that didn’t know us well. I ran and jumped through the snow, feeling so grateful for the opportunity to feel childlike again.

Of course, having been woken from his slumber, the child stood in the doorway beside his father, staring. They muttered things like “well, she’s lost it”, and “what the?” 

Eventually, I was cold and wet enough to come indoors, only slightly disappointed that no one shared my joy. As he turned to head back to bed, I asked Big Brother the 4 magical words that seem to have stuck over the years… want some hot chocolate? And just like that, a tradition was born.

I’m sure at this point, I pulled down some sort of ‘Nestle’ crap in a tub, boiled water and mixed the marshmallows- included powder together, but it was the beginning…

We’re 4 kids into this tradition now, and everyone seems to enjoy it. Here’s the recipe I’ve perfected over the years…

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Nourishing Hot Cocoa
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Course: Drinks
Author: hay mama
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Milk of Choice I’ve used 2%, cashew milk, or even heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp Fairly Traded Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tbsp Organic Collagen optional for added protein
  • 1 tbsp Raw Honey or Coconut Sugar or to taste
  • 1 tsp Salted Butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • .5 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients and heat slowly, whisking always. 

    Be careful not to overheat. This is most important if you are using raw honey and wish to preserve the beneficial bacteria.( If you enjoy your drink extremely hot, save your honey on a spoon to dip and stir as your beverage cools.)

    Once heated, pop into blender for 30 seconds to create a yummy frothy texture.

    Add optional whipped cream topping. 

    Enjoy with garnishes such as chocolate curls, coconut, sprinkles etc.

Enjoy!

xo

HayMama

an artiste (pronounced with an 'eeste') tackling a multitude of works, mother raising three kiddos, lover of books, seeker of knowledge, consumer of great coffee, follower of nature, lover and friend to my one and only...

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