Slow and Hot Chocolate

If you follow me on Instagram (@linettero), you more than likely have seen a photo of this simple yet luxurious recipe on my story. In this world of constant on-the-go quick and speedy solutions, one must remember that sometimes, there are things that are worth the extra effort and time. This steamy mug of velvety hot cocoa is one of those things. This recipe takes a bit more effort than dumping a packet of premade hot cocoa into a mug and adding hot water. But you’ll definitely see, taste, and feel the velvety difference. I make this on cold nights (or hot - I don’t discriminate!) when I’m craving chocolate and don’t have truffles or chocolate bars lying around. Trust me, it’s worth it!

Prep time: 1 minute
Cooking/Heating Time: 2 minutes

Makes 1 serving
Serving Size: 1 cup (8oz)

Ingredients for slow and hot chocolate:

  • 1 tbsp(rounded) cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp cane sugar/sweetener of your choice (coconut sugar/agave, etc.)
  • Pinch of salt (I use Pink Himalayan Salt)
  • 1 ¼ tsp of water
  • 1 cup milk (I use almond or oat! Any milk substitute will work great!)

Directions for slow and hot chocolate:

  1. Scoop the cocoa powder, sugar, and pinch of salt into a regular-sized mug.
  2. Add the water, and with a spoon, mix the cocoa powder mixture and the water together until a paste or chocolate sauce consistency is formed.

In the microwave:

  1. Next, add about half of the milk, stirring until everything is combined.
  2. Add the rest of the milk, stirring til incorporated. (I understand the temptation to just pour the entire cup of milk, but trust me, this way is better. In the end, the slower process prevents any pockets of undisolved cocoa mixture showing up in the final product).
  3. Pop your velvety mug mixture into the microwave and depending on the wattage of your microwave, heat for about 1.5-2 minutes, checking on your hot chocolate (to stir and see if it’s hot!) about halfway through the process.

On the stove:

  1. If you prefer to use the stove, simmer the milk (the entire cup) in a saucepan over medium-low for 2 minutes. Once the milk is hot and steamy, continue to pour about half of the milk into the mug to incorporate with the cocoa powder mixture. Once combined, pour the rest of the hot milk and stir til incorporated.

Feel free to adjust these measurements to your liking! Sometimes, I like a richer drink, so I add a bit more cocoa. But I find that these measurements give you a nice thick and velvety cup of hot chocolate that is still drinkable rather than over rich. Cuddle up in your favorite blanket and enjoy this velvety cup of hot chocolate during the holidays! Enjoy your You-Time!

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Nutrition facts

Per Serving

  • calories: 284
  • carbohydrates: 19g
  • cholesterol: 20mg
  • fat: 5.7g
  • fiber: 1.6g
  • potassium: 276mg
  • protein: 9g
  • saturated fat: 3.4g
  • sodium: 271mg
  • sugars: 15.1g

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