It's snowing! ... yup, in California :)
It's Saturday, so I will be home studying & getting chores done all day. And as long as I don't have to be out in it (or shoveling it or something), I love the snow.
With all of this wintery weather and Christmas right around the corner, I can feel a major shift in the air.... Pumpkin Spice season is over, & it is now all about the Peppermint Hot Chocolate. :)
If you're not up for the sugar overload following most recipes for this cozy drink, you've got to try out my paleo-friendly version.
I swapped out the sugary syrups for all-natural, unrefined coconut sugar & mixed it with coconut milk and rich cocoa powder to make a perfect drink for the holiday season. Stir a little peppermint extract in, & you've got a real treat. I love how the warm rich flavors of the cocoa are contrasted with the cool taste of peppermint... so good!
This makes a single serving, but you can easily multiply the recipe. Feel free to adjust the ingredients to your tastebuds as well. I don't like mine too sickly-sweet, but feel free to up the coconut sugar or add a little maple syrup if you want more sweetness.
- 1 cups coconut milk
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp coconut sugar
- 5-6 drops peppermint extract (to taste)
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the coconut milk, cocoa powder, and coconut sugar. Whisk until smooth.
- Once heated through, stir in the peppermint extract.
*Makes one serving.
Here's a little shot of my backyard when I woke up this morning... so beautiful!