Winter is almost arriving at our doorstep, its chilly outside and all I want is something warm and comforting in a cup, hopefully a spicy hot chocolate and to huddle with a blanket and book in my reading nook. I look in my fridge and the only warm-able beverage I see is almond milk, so ok, almond milk it is. I’m gonna make a steaming cup of my favorite hot chocolate.
October is non GMO month and the five ingredients I’ll be using in this hot chocolate recipe are non GMO, organic and I’m sure fair trade too. My cocoa powder says non GMO and Fair Trade, and so does my almond milk. The other ingredients are certified organic.
So here we go, I warmed up my lightly sweetened vanilla almond milk just short of a boil and in my cup I have one-eighth tsp each of cinnamon, cayenne pepper and ginger. Well, actually that is all there is to it, can’t be simpler J ! I will now pour the almond milk over the ingredients in my cup and stir and enjoy! Hmmm… the aroma is beckoning and driving me crazy! I can’t wait to get to the bottom of this cup!
And to my reading nook goes my hot chocolate along with a blanket, my pup (well, she is a five year old Boston Terrier who goes by the name of Paro-Ariel), and a book that I’m in the middle of reading. I’ve read horrors, thriller, and fantasy books with vampires and demons, but none have given me the nightmares that this one does. “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova is a compelling literary parable of the century depicting Dr Alice Howard’s internal chaos as she receives a devastating diagnosis, early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Well, getting back to the recipe I intended to share, for traditional recipe followers, here it is!
- Lightly sweetened vanilla Almond Milk (Organic, Non GMO, Fair Trade) 1 cup
- Organic Fair Trade Cocoa Powder – 2 tbsp.
- Cayenne Pepper 1/8 tsp
- Ground ginger 1/8 tsp
- Cinnamon 1/8 tsp
- Warm up the almond milk on stove top and bring it to just short of a boil. Do not boil it. Combine all other ingredients in a tall mug, pour the hot nut milk into it, stir and enjoy!
- Note: Your cup will not burst into flames like the picture above, the featured picture was just a manipulation to depict heat and spice.
- If you are combating inflammation, cinnamon and cayenne pepper are good agents that help out. You can also add some turmeric for extra inflammation fighting boost. Hope you enjoy a good book with that hot chocolate!
- Great tip: Turmeric is a great ingredient to add if you like the flavor in your hot chocolate. Makes an excellent inflammation fighter!