I hope that you are all enjoying the hot chocolate series as much as myself, my flatmates, my colleagues at work, any random random people who I decide to bounce ideas off of… etc. Are enjoying it. I have come up with quite a few recipes and will most likely continue the series into the New Year.
As part of the Hot Chocolate series, I have decided to do a dairy-free vegan coconut hot chocolate. This recipe actually doesn’t turn out to be incredibly coconut flavoury, however, the creaminess of the drink makes it incredibly rich. I have included the place in the recipe when you can add more coconut essence and how much you should add – Hint – it is ½ tsp. However, I wanted to see how it tasted with just the coconut cream and I was happy with the flavouring as is.
This recipe takes a little more effort than the Original Hot Chocolate. However, that recipe is more of a dry powder mix, and something that is incredibly low-impact. This recipe will require you to have a small saucepan. I generally call them sauce saucepans, although typing that out I realise the difference between a saucepan and a pot and it is not a UK versus USA language difference. That being said – you really want a pot that is enough for only one measure, and not too wide in diameter as the heating process will not be as even.
This is very much not a light hot chocolate, however, it is thick enough it can count as a dessert.
Calories per serving: 474
Coconut Hot Chocolate
Coconut hot chocolate is made with coconut cream and as such is suitable for vegans. The addition of the coconut cream makes this a smooth and creamy drink.
- 1 can Coconut Cream (160 mls)
- 2 ½ tsp 100% cocoa powder (you can use baking cocoa)
- 2 tbsps sugar
- 1 tsp madagascar vanilla essence
- Splash of water
- Step 1 In a small saucepan melt your coconut cream and warm it up. Add the vanilla essence to it (if you want this to be really coconutty you can add ½ tsp of coconut essence, and add it now).
- Step 2 Once it is warm, add your cocoa powder and whisk until it is fully dissolved. Turn up the heat and get this to a temperature that you like. Add the water to taste. Essentially, this gets very thick and creamy so the water does help a bit to ease up the texture.
So yes, a bit of a longer process and more to clean up, but definitely well worth it.