It’s 27 degrees here in Austin, TX. The dangerous, icy roads have prohibited many of us from going to work or basically anywhere in the city. SO, in a situation like this, the only thing I can do to keep myself warm and cozy is to make a delicious batch of dairy-free hot cocoa… and snuggle with my kitties.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the full-fat version of hot chocolate but in an effort to stay a little bit healthy while indulging, I decided to go the dairy-free route. Good news for any vegans – with no whipped cream or marshmallows, this recipe is also vegan-friendly. Win win!

For this recipe you will need:

3 cups almond milk
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
16oz semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped

Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium pot. Over medium heat, heat the cocoa until it reaches a low simmer. Then, add the semi-sweet chocolate and stir until it is evenly melted in the cocoa. Pour into a heat-proof glass and garnish with whipped cream, marshmallows, and chocolate shavings if desired.

It’s not every day I get to hunker down with my little family so I am taking full advantage of this! Stay warm!


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