Thursday, December 8, 2011

Favorite Things Friday ~ No-Moo Hot Chocolate

I'd be lying if I said it wasn't killing me a little to see all the holiday goodies every-freakin'-where.  What I'm not already steering clear of for the gluten and dairy, I'm now avoiding for the refined sugar and high carbs. 

I've come up with a workaround for hot chocolate, though, and it is my Favourite Things Friday thing of the week.  Also, a bit of a sanity saver.

Simple ingredients:  Cocoa powder, coconut milk, 2 stevia packets, and a favorite mug.  Oh, and boiling water, not pictured, but you know what that looks like.

Boil the water, open the can of coconut milk and give it a stir to combine any lumpy bits.  The fat tends to rise to the top of the can.  Don't discard that, it's good stuff.  Really, you can Google it.  Medium-chain fatty acids, lauric acid, and other words that'll make your eyes glaze over.  It tastes good too.

Put about 1/2 Tablespoon of cocoa powder in the mug along with your stevia packets, and dump in about 1/3 cup of coconut milk.  Fill the rest of the mug with boiling water and give it a good stir.

Mm-mm good! 


  1. I don't understand why there are so many food allergies when everyone has to eat. Every day. Three times a day.

    In any case, glad you've got a fun and tasty alternative. I like ovaltine in rice milk. It is actually quite tasty. It goes quite nicely with Lorna Doone shortbread cookies. Alas, I need to start avoiding carbs, especially simple sugars, so there goes the cookies. And my rice milk cocoa. I'll keep your recipe in mind.

    xo -E

  2. I admire your resolve to eat the good stuff! Is Stevia a natural sugar alternative???? Love the 'gingie' mug.

  3. That sounds like a fabulous alternative and I have all those ingredients on hand, I will definitely have to try it.

  4. I haven't tried the strevia for sweetener but I do use Truvia in my coffee and tea - love it and no calories and it is natural.

  5. hi P.... that looks pretty tasty! however, i must protest ... we gotta see the boiling water.

    i'm glad i found your blog via the Veggie Market Quilt ... and thanks for letting me use some of your photos. i've posted them here ...

    your beautiful creations make me want to dig into my stash and sew, sew, sew.

  6. I may have to try this! You know I avoid sugar too ~ pre-diabetes and all. I've heard that coconut milk not only tastes good, but is good for you. An added bonus then. :-)

  7. Back in the day my Mum used to make us hot cocoa as a treat.

    Im glad there is still something left on this earth you can eat /drink. I am never giving up sugar. EVER. I may have to re-think the gluten thing at some point though.

    Im left wondering whether boiling water looks different in the Northern Hemisphere and feel a bit ripped off I didn't get the answer to that burning question.

  8. Thanks for the great recipe! I, too, try to avoid sugars so I'll be giving this a try. Hmmm, coconut milk. I've never tried that but it sounds wonderful.

  9. Your resolve to eat the good stuff is amazing to me. I know I'd cave. ☺ Thanks for the recipe. I've never had coconut milk, but will look for it in the store next time I shop. Happy FTF! ☺


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