It’s funny how I don’t enjoy the cold winter and yet some of my favorite dishes taste best when they are relished while snuggling in the couch, under a cozy throw. Like, a bowl of warm soup while dunking grilled cheese sandwich in it or a super spicy Indian chaat, Indian khichdi with fried eggplant, piping hot ginger milk tea or a cup of hot chocolate with toasted marshmallow on top.
I am highly aware that this may not be the right track to detox or cleanse the body after the festive joyful season, but this is positively the way to warm up on a cozy winter night. The one good thing about this homemade hot chocolate recipe, which I learned from Martha Stewart, is that, it has no chocolate! It’s a mix of cocoa powder, sugar and some salt to blend the flavor. All I do is heat a cup of milk in microwave, swirl couple teaspoons of the homemade hot cocoa mix and gulp it down with absolute pleasure.
Here is a piece of health information for you that you might or might not know. Cocoa contains a large amount of antioxidants which is said to helps prevent cancer or any heart disease. Believe it on not, there was a time when hot chocolate was served as a medicinal drink. How cool is that huh!
It would probably take less than 5 minute to make this mixture. Once done, store it in an airtight container and you are good to go for the whole season. You can swirl it with coconut milk or almond milk; flavor it up with cinnamon powder or nutmeg powder. I like mine with vanilla, so I added homemade vanilla sugar in the mixture.
If you never made vanilla sugar before, go ahead and give it a try. You will love it, not only in this drink but also in other sweet treats! I always have a sugar jar with couple of split vanilla beans in it and once the sugar gets over, I just pour in more sugar in the jar. It smells heavenly!
So, wait no more and give this extremely easy hot chocolate mix a try. It won’t create a intense rich drink but more of a light flavorful one and not overly sweet. No chocolate, less guilt!