THIRSTY THURSDAY… HOT CHOCOLATE THE PALEO/NO SUGAR WAY

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Sweater Weather!

While most of the country has moved far beyond sweater weather and into frozen tundra status, Southern California is finally seeing a cool down that allows me to finally break out my favorite clothes of the year: adorbs boots, cozy sweaters and cute jackets!

We had taken quite a long break but that made the reunion that much more exciting!

The other day at work, we taped our primetime holiday special and the set was decorated like we too lived in the frigid parts of the country, complete with “snow” (cotton that looks like snow- ah the magic of TV).

I don’t know if it was the fake snow or the Christmas trees, but mother nature got the hint and she gave us one very chilly night. So while we were taping for hours outside, everyone was happily sipping on hot chocolate and I had a total case of HCE (Hot Chocolate Envy)

I was left to my own devices… sipping on hot water and pretending it was hot chocolate. But even I, who used to (okay I still do) pretend I could sing– (I use this little anecdote to prove that I have a very vivid imagination), couldn’t convince myself that my mug of hot water was in fact, hot chocolate.

So last night while still battling the sniffles, and still in the sweater weather spirit, I decided to make my own, 21 day sugar detox friendly version

First: I took 1 cup of light coconut milk and 1/2 cup of full fat, 1 and a half cups of water, 1/2 cup of cocoa powder (unsweetened of course), 1/2 tsp of vanilla and some cinnamon and whisked it all together. Then I put it on the stove over medium heat and let it simmer:

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Once the cocoa was fully dissolved, I poured into a mug:

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And of course, enjoyed the piping hot drink with a truffle:

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It only took a few minutes to make (sweet!) and it’s a richer and bittersweet cocoa than your typical chemically pouch of cocoa.  Post 21dsd I would maybe add the slightest touch of honey or maple syrup to sweetened (probably 1/2 tsp per mug)

There was a lot left over so I stuck it in the fridge and decided that adding a bit to my morning coffee seems like a pretty genius idea!

Paleo Mocha anyone?!

We are entering the final days of this! three more full days to go! I can’t believe it! Although I have to say I think I may keep it going… at least until Thanksgiving… then all bets are off.

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