Yummy and Healthy Hot – or Iced – Cocoa Drink

Hot cocoa (hot chocolate) — whether from a restaurant, a coffee shop, or a mix — is typically loaded with sugar. This Yummy and Healthy Hot Cocoa contains much less sugar — just enough to taste a little sweet. As with any food that contains sugar, it’s best to consume it at the end of a meal — not between meals. This is because when eaten at the end of a meal, a food that contains sugar will raise your blood sugar less than when eaten between meals. And since blood sugar control is important to preventing cancer, it makes sense to finish off a meal with a cup of this delicious hot chocolate, rather than between meals.

Ingredients for both hot and iced cocoa

1 heaping tablespoon cocoa (not Dutch processed cocoa)

3 tablespoons boiling filtered water

¾ cup almond milk — vanilla (not plain)

  • Almond milk can be found in the refrigerated section, next to the regular dairy milk, or in aisle with the shelf-stable milk.
  • One cup of Blue Diamond Vanilla Almond Breeze (almond milk) contains 15 grams of sugar. A cup of skim milk contains 12 grams of sugar. The difference, 4 grams, is equal to the amount of sugar in one teaspoon of sugar.

1/8 teaspoon pure (not imitation) almond extract and a drop of pure vanilla extract

  • The extract should contain only water, alcohol, and natural almond oil.  I like the almond extract that I bought at Penzeys Spices.
  • Alternatively, there are alcohol-free extracts, for example, Frontier’s Alcohol Free Almond Flavor, that contains only glycerine, water, and natural bitter almond oil. I found this product at Whole Foods. It works just as well as the almond extract with alcohol in it.

Directions for hot cocoa

Place the cocoa into a large cup or mug.

Add the boiling water.

To blend the cocoa into the water, stir vigorously with a very small whisk; a chopstick works, too. If you have a milk frother , use that instead.

When fully mixed, add the almond milk, almond extract, and vanilla extract; heat in the microwave until hot. Stir with a spoon.

Directions for iced cocoa – delicious iced chocolate almond milk drink

Place the cocoa into a tall glass.

Add the boiling water.

To blend the cocoa into the water, stir vigorously with a very small whisk; a chopstick works, too. If you have a milk frother , use that instead.

When fully mixed, add the almond milk, almond extract, and vanilla extract; mix well.

Add the ice cubes and let your iced cocoa chill for a few minutes before drinking.

Deeeeelicious!

Enjoy and be healthy!

~Leni

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