Saturday, November 17, 2012

Rainy Saturday Morning Hot "Cocoa" (vegan, dairy free, cane-sugar free)

Finally...rain!  Glorious fall rain that we desperately need here in drought-ridden Northern California.  It's a warmish storm, but we'll take it.  Snow is falling in the mountains, just a short drive away, and waiting for us to come play.  Soon, soon.  But for now we will enjoy this wet weather here in the valley and sip on some sweet, warm "cocoa." 

-3 cups dairy free milk (coconut milk is excellent) 
-3 tablespoons carob powder*
-3 tablespoons maple syrup
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
-(optional: 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract) 

How To:
1.  Combine above ingredients in blender and blend on high for 15 seconds
2.  Transfer liquid to small sauce pan and gently heat, stirring frequently 
3.  Serve warm (or hot) - warm is good enough for the kiddos

*By all means, use chocolate in place of the carob (such as raw cacao powder).  AIP use carob and honey or coconut nectar to sweeten.  
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  1. Hi Amber ~ I just wanted you to know that I not only LOVE your recipe for a healthy hot chocolate (I will definitely try it with walnut milk, I love making dif. variations of nut milks!), but I absolutely enjoyed all of your well-thought-out beautiful photos. Captured moments in time. I love that! And your children are most adorable. Love how you capture them each enjoying their cozy hot chocolate. Aaah, these are what memories are made of, huh? Again, so glad I found you and your blog...enjoy your Sat (and so glad you're feeling better!). :)

  2. the colour of your children's hair - the colour of the leaves - golden and lovely - and warm cocoa too:) lovely

  3. Fantastic photos Amber and I MUST try making this...lovely!

  4. Delicious! And love your photo's! I usually make hot chocolate by melting dairy free chocolate chips in SO Delicious coconut milk, but I don't always have chocolate chips and your method looks easier with no refined sugars... I'll definitely be making this! Thanks again for such a great recipe :)

    BTW- I would SO love to be neighbors and share food!

  5. Gabby @ the veggie nookNovember 18, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    I've been totally obsessed with carob lately! Your pictures perfectly capture the rainy afternoon- I bet the carob drink was perfect for it :)

  6. Yeah Hot Carob Cocoa-looking forward to trying this friend! Your children are just beautiful :)

  7. This looks so warming and comforting Amber! Your kids are toooo cute. What a great mom you are :)

  8. glutenfreehappytummy.comDecember 2, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    oh my gosh what gorgeous photos!! you're children are just precious. this drink is perfect for a rainy saturday morning indeed:)

  9. Just made this for the kids and me. DELICIOUS! I made ours with rice milk and cocoa powder as that is what I had on hand. Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Thanks so much for your comment, Janelle. So glad to hear this simple recipe is enjoyed by others! We are making it a lot these cold and rainy in my neck of the woods. :-)

      Be Well,



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