Baby it is cold outside! So Let's Drink Spanish Hot Chocolate to Warm Up

 

The Spanish are known  for chocolate, since they “discovered” it in the New World 500 years ago. As in centuries past, today the Spanish drink rich hot chocolate for breakfast, so thick that you can stand a churro  in it!   This incredibly rich and flavorful drink is not like the stuff you get out of a package. In fact, once you try the Spanish version of hot chocolate, you might be hooked!

To make it lighter  less chocolate and zero milk was used , while still keeping it creamy and lactose free . This sweet treat  also has health benefits from the  dark chocolate that  provide antioxidants and  anti inflammatory properties.  It’s also been shown to lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels. So sit and enjoy your warm cup of comfort.

Serves 6

The Skinny Spanish Hot Chocolate

Per 4-ounce cup:

  • 122 cal
  • 9 g fat (4 g sat)
  • 13 g carbs
  • 61 mg sodium
  • 3 g fiber
  • 2.3 g protein

Total time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

1 cup boiling water 4 ounces high quality bittersweet chocolate (70% cocoa), finely chopped 2 cups unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk  mixed with 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon Stevia or  Agave 1 two-inch orange rind

Preparation

  1. Combine boiling water and chopped chocolate in a medium saucepan, stirring until chocolate melts.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook over medium-low heat, stirring with a whisk for 5 minutes or until tiny bubbles form around the edge of the pan (do not boil).
  3. Remove orange rind and ladle hot chocolate into six small mugs; serve immediately.

 

or try

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Servings:2

Ingredients

2 cups  milk
4 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon red chile powder
3 ounces dark chocolate (up to 73%), chopped finely
1 teaspoon cinnamon ( optional)
Directions:
  1. Heat the milk in a small saucepan and when steaming, whisk in the cocoa powder and the salt.
  2. Allow to come to a boil, then immediately remove from heat and whisk in chile powder and dark chocolate until smooth.
  3. Serve hot, garnished  with vanilla ice cream or  spiked with  Kahlua if desired as an adult treat.                                                                  For an extra touch  add
  4. Spicy Dulce de Leche Whipped Cream
  1. 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1/3 cup brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips, crushed In a large bowl, beat heavy cream until soft peaks form. Slowly beat in the brown sugar until cream becomes light and fluffy (if you don’t have access to fresh, very soft brown sugar, just use regular white sugar to keep the cream from becoming grainy). Mix in the cinnamon and cayenne. Pipe on top of hot cocoa. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and crushed chocolate to garnish.