Easy Hot Cocoa

Easy Hot Cocoa/ FP

When I first went sugar-free, I bought a popular brand of hot cocoa mix from the store and could hardly swallow it. Oh, the cost for 6 packets was hard to stomach, and reading the list of chemicals on the back of the box nearly made me shiver, but it was the taste that did me in…it was as if  I was drinking melted and watered down chocolate Easter candy bunny ears.

I was very determined to be able to have my sugar-free life and drink my hot cocoa….I’ve spent weeks of experimenting to find just the milk chocolate flavor, lightly sweetened and mouth feel of the homemade hot cocoa.

I’ve listed 3 ways to make hot cocoa–one is very low-fat and uses a secret ingredient….you will have to read the recipe to find out what it is, though! Heavy cream is another option for you to use as a healthy fat to enjoy.

~Extracts can be added to make your favorite flavorings. I plan to try peppermint and caramel very soon.

~ When I make this for my children I use cow’s milk. They really don’t like almond milk, and I see no reason to adapt their taste buds to it.

~It can be made ahead of time (say– the night before), stored in the fridge, and reheated in the morning. Whisk a minute or so to bring froth back up to the surface.

EDIT: Since posting this I have realized an even better way to make it quick and easy–Pulse 1 cup or so of cottage cheese in blender until smooth and creamy. Store in a jar in fridge. Now you have cottage cheese ready anytime a hot cocoa craving strikes.

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Hot Cocoa for One
1 cup (8 oz) serving

Heat in small saucepan until warm (or microwave container):
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup water

Whisk in one of the following options:
1 Tbs 2% cottage cheese (Fuel Pull)–blended smooth before adding
1-2 Tbs heavy cream (S)
2 Tbs lowfat half and half (E, S, or FP)–this is my favorite version! =)

2-3 tsp homemade Truvia (or 4-5 tsp sugar equivalent)
2 tsp cocoa powder (use your favorite brand)
pinch of salt
Stevia (at the end of recipe–taste test)

When heated through, taste test and add stevia, if needed.
Pour into mug!

 

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Hot Cocoa to Share
Makes 4 (8 oz) servings

Measure into med saucepan:
2 1/4 cups milk (unsweetened almond is good)
 1 1/3 cups water
Whisk in one of the following options:
1/4 cup 2% cottage cheese (Fuel Pull)
1/4-1/2 cup heavy cream (S)
1/2 cup low fat half and half

1/4 cup homemade Truvia (or 1/2 cup sugar equivalent)
3 Tbs cocoa powder (use your favorite brand), level measure (not heaping =) )
Stevia (at the end of recipe–taste test)

Whisk and heat through.
Taste test and add stevia, if needed.
Pour into mugs!

8 thoughts on “Easy Hot Cocoa

  1. I hope you like it! Are you SCARED of cottage cheese, though? No one can even remotely taste it in this, BUT if you mention CC some people get all weird…please, tell me you aren’t like THAT….? =D

  2. I have a question.

    “Use only 2 tsp for a Deep S day in a Fuel Cycle.”

    Do you mean to use 2 tsp of the cream or the cottage cheese for Fuel Cycle?

    I’ve not done a Fuel Cycle yet because I’m only in week seven. I’m sure I’ll want a FC after Christmas, though. ~smile~

    I’m pinning this, too. I’ve made hot cocoa from scratch so many times over the years, it’s a family tradition to enjoy it on cold Autumn and Winter evenings. I’ve tried to make a version for myself, but with poor results. I’m going to try both of your versions soon.

    Thank you so much for sharing this.

    Blessings,
    Mrs. Laura Lane
    Harvest Lane Cottage

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