Sugar Free, Vegan Gourmet Hot Chocolate Recipe
This post is part of Penny Wise Platter Thursday at TheNourishingGourmet.com!
While contemplating what I was going to have to for breakfast this morning, I took a look outside and saw the dripping icicles and the icy rooftops that adored the houses in my neighborhood. Thinking of something that would warm me up but wouldn’t make me uncomfortably full, I realized that I haven’t taken full advantage of this cool weather to make a sugar free, dairy free healthy hot chocolate!
Although it seemed like my city was the only one in the country that didn’t receive snow (seriously–every part of Texas received snow the last few days except Houston), I still envision myself being snowed in, sitting by a warm fire and an old movie (I’m watching the Topper films over an over again lately) while sipping this hot drink.
Since I didn’t have any raw milk or almond milk on hand, I became quite inventive this morning. I looked into my pantry and saw I had some homemade almond butter. Hmm, perhaps I can make almond milk out of it? I’ve definitely have done it before. I then remembered that I had about three tablespoons worth of avocado left over from yesterday’s lunch. Boy, this was going to be an interesting breakfast.
Voila! Instant avocado milk! It may seem strange at first, but the healthy fats in avocado, plus the smooth texture of the fruit, makes the most luxurious and smoothest hot chocolate you have ever tasted. This low carb and vegan hot chocolate recipe will entice your taste buds, nourish your heart and skin (thanks to the beneficial monounsaturated fats and antioxidants from the avocado, almond butter and cocoa powder) and provide you with a warm, low calorie and guilt free alternative to normal, sugar filled hot chocolate.
All Natural Dairy Free and Vegan Low Carb Hot Chocolate – Sugar Free
1 cup of warmed water
3 TBSP. Avocado (not mashed)
2 TBSP. cocoa, cacao or carob powder
1 tsp. Almond Butter
1/16th-1/8th tsp. Pure Stevia Extract, to taste
OR 2 TBSP. Xylitol or Coconut Palm Sugar
OR 1 TBSP. Honey
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt
Blend all ingredients on high speed in your blender for 30-60 seconds. Pour into a mug and enjoy!
Compared to regular hot chocolate which contains 200 calories and 25 grams of carbohydrate (half of which is pure sugar), I say this heavenly sugar free hot chocolate recipe takes the cake (you could have cake with this, at that…).
I am SO glad that I am back blogging, as I am needing to get back into the swing of things. How therapeutic it feels to write again! Hopefully the new format of the website will keep everyone in the loop on upcoming recipes. Next blog post will be about the new dietary guidelines, so stay tuned!
Hopefully everyone survived the snow storm which hit the country the past few days (except here, of course). Spring is just around the corner! It’s sunny here and warm here today, and all the ice is melting. Will be taking advantage of the sunlight today for vitamin D and the benefits it gives to the eyes. Enjoy your weekend!
This is The Healthy Advocate.