Ginger Hot Chocolate

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Total Time
15mins
Prep
10 mins
Cook
5 mins

A sweet and not-too-spicy hot chocolate with a hint of ginger. Perfect for cold winter nights or as a light dessert. This hot chocolate has a lovely warmth. It’s sweet, creamy and chocolatey and not-too-spicy due to a conservative amount of ginger. But, if you love the stuff then by all means, pop a few ginger candies in your mouth while you’re making a batch and throw in a whole teaspoon of ginger instead of half. That's the way I like it! Adapted from the Minimalist Baker.

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Ingredients

Nutrition
  • 2 cups milk (I used vanilla almond, coconut, soy or cow√Ę s would work well, too)
  • 1 cup water (or use more milk for extra richness)
  • artificial sweetener (1 packet non-bitter stevia, agave, raw sugar, honey, etc.)
  • 14-12 teaspoon ground ginger (or fresh grated ginger, depending on preference)
  • 14 cup cocoa (or cacao powder)
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 -3 ginger candies (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat the milk and water(or milk) in a medium saucepan. Once it comes to a simmer, reduce heat slightly and whisk in cocoa powder, sea salt and ginger. Whisk vigorously to incorporate.
  2. Once the cocoa is hot enough for your liking (about 3-5 minutes), remove from heat and add vanilla extract. Stir once more. Sweeten to taste.
  3. Take your ginger candies and rub them along the rims of your serving glasses or mugs. Eat or discard; they get mushy when added to the beverage.
  4. Pour in hot cocoa and top with coconut cream(in Recipe#504526), whipped cream or marshmallows – whatever you like.