Hot chocolate or hot cocoa is a decadent way I love to enjoy chocolate. Unfortunately, most hot chocolate is made from powdered mixes and are waaaaaaaay too sweet for me… don’t even get me started on the vile ingredients in them. This hot chocolate is made from two basic ingredients: chocolate and milk. One could argue that the chocolate contains other ingredients, but still! I like to complicate matters a little and add a tiny pinch of cayenne and salt, but this is totally optional.
I love to sip on this after dinner. It’s like my after dinner treat. I don’t do this all the time, although I could afford to, because when made with unsweetened almond milk or semi-skimmed (2 %) milk, the total calories are ~125! I suppose some would argue that an espresso cup full of hot chocolate isn’t enough, but it’s just right to satisfy my chocolate craving.
HOT CHOCOLATE: JUST CHOCOLATE & MILK
Makes 1 serving (1 espresso cup)
- 25 g (1 oz) semi-sweet (~55-65% cocoa) chocolate chips, or chocolate, broken into chunks
- 50 ml unsweetened milk alternative, semi-skimmed (2%) dairy milk
- 1 tiny pinch of salt (optional)
- 1 tiny pinch of cayenne (optional)
1. Place chocolate in a microwaveable-safe espresso cup. Add salt and cayenne, if using.
2. Heat on high power until melted. Careful not to scorch the chocolate, check on it every 15 seconds, stirring when necessary.
3. Add a dash of the milk and stir into the melted chocolate until smooth. Add the remaining chocolate and stir until smooth.
4. Microwave on high for 30-45 seconds or until the hot chocolate is warmed through. Careful not to let it boil over. Enjoy!!!