Did you know that monkeys were the first creatures to discover that the cacao plant was edible? Lucky for us, the Mayans followed suit and turned cocoa into a delicious beverage, so today we can celebrate with a cup of hot cocoa!
Pure cocoa powder is sugar free and chock full o’ antioxidants, so you can make a relatively healthy hot cocoa. Combine cocoa powder with some sugar (as little as you find satisfying) and add warm fat free or 1% milk for a delicious treat. If you are purchasing instant hot cocoa, be sure to choose one that does not contain any partially hydrogenated oils to avoid trans fat.
Try this recipe and really impress your friends or family!
Makes 4 servings
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup boiling water
- 4 cups fat free or 1% milk
- ¾ tsp vanilla extract
Combine the cocoa and sugar in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn’t scorch. Stir in 4 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs.