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Hot Cocoa with Peppermint Marshmallow Cookies

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I’m sitting in my living room, by the light of the tree, sipping on a mug of creamy, rich hot chocolate. Something I have not done since long before I gave up refined sugar, processed foods, and most dairy. I don’t know why I never thought to make it before now. It’s so simple and while I’m sure there are plenty of other recipes out there, none of them include peppermint meringue cookies (recipe coming soon!) that melt just like those little artificial marshmallows that came in the powedered hot cocoa packets we used to drink. This drink is comforting on a cold day or at the end of a long day chasing around a 2 year old.

Asher has never tasted chocolate milk, let alone hot chocolate, so on a blustery day last week I decided to make him some as a special treat. He took one sip and was over it! He’s not much of a sweets kid, but does love his chocolate so I was surprised! Probably better for all of us because once he likes something, he asks for it over and over (and over and over) again. Maybe I’ll try it again when we’re up in Tahoe after Christmas and he’s been out in the snow all day. For now though, I’ll happily finish up the leftovers!

 

 

 

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Hot Cocoa with Peppermint Marshmallow Cookies

AUTHOR: Danielle Walker - AgainstAllGrain.com

SERVES: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 can coconut milk (this one is guar-gum and BPA free)
  • 1 vanilla bean, split the long way
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate (I used 85%)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ΒΌ cup honey

Instructions:

  1. Place the almond milk, coconut milk and vanilla bean in a saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain then return the milk back to the pan.
  2. Turn the heat to low and whisk in the chocolate, cocoa powder and honey. Heat for 5 minutes, whisking occasionally, until the chocolate is melted and the hot chocolate is thick and creamy.
  3. Serve with peppermint marshmallow cookies.
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  • Deanna

    Do you have a recipe for the peppermint cookies? They look great! Thanks :)

  • Laurie g

    This recipe and the one for the peppermint cookies make me want a food dehydrater. Any recommendations?

    • Against All Grain

      I use a TSM but I’ve also used the Excalibur and liked it

  • Amy

    So this is probably a dumb question, but I am getting mixed answers when I search on the internet–Is cocoa powder the same thing as cacao powder? If not, what kind of cocoa powder do you use?

    • Against All Grain

      good question – as far as I understand Cacao is not processed using heat, so it’s a raw product and it has more antioxidants and nutrients. Also, generally, cacao is organic.

  • http://www.pineappleandcoconut.com Shanna@ pineapple and coconut

    This must be from the pic you posted on FB when you were sipping on it and editing the pics in lightroom! I never liked those fake marshmallows in instant hot cocoa – I always scooped them out! I make homemade marshmallows and they are perfect for cocoa. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I am ordering this brand of coconut milk of amazon too!

  • Heather11

    I wonder if this could be made with raw milk?