Sometimes, well ok...really, its most days, I come home from work and all I want is take a hot shower and get into something comfy. Most of the time its my jammies. Sometimes, let's be honest, I really want to get into a bottle of wine.
This week, however, because it has been chilly, cloudy, and a bit rainy, all I've been craving is when I get home is something warm and comforting. Like a big mug of hot cocoa!
But, I've been a little too indulgent over the past few weeks. With traveling, San Francisco Beer Week, and now Valentine's Day, I wanted something sweet and satisfying, but not too fatty and full of a day's worth of calories. With chocolate, that can be hard to come by.
Also, I'm slightly obsessed with almond milk. Seriously, the homemade stuff is soooo good. I decided to heat some up, add in some chocolate and and found myself having a lovely cup of goodness. I haven't tried it any other way yet, but I bet a shot of Bailey's would be just glorious added in. I've got some more experimenting to do...
Almond Milk Hot Cocoa
2 cups unsweetened almond milk, or homemade almond milk
2 cup water
2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (more or less depending on your sweetness liking)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
2 ounces dark chocolate
Optional toppings: Marshmallow, Whipped Cream, Chocolate Drizzle
In a medium sauce pan over medium high heat, combine all the ingredients and whisk to combine. Blend together until heated through and the dark chocolate is melted. Divide into 4 mugs and enjoy. Keep the leftover in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1-2 days.
Stay warm, and dry!