Delicately spiced hot cocoa mix

Delicately spiced hot cocoa mix

There is something quite magical about a frosty winter evening, the kind where cold hands are warmed with mugs of steaming hot cocoa, and blankets are draped accordingly.

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In this recipe, good quality cocoa or cacao powder is blended with golden coconut sugar, powdered coconut milk and a hint of spice to create a calming and enlivening hot cocoa mix. Simply spoon into a mug, and top with hot water – it couldn’t be any easier.

makes three cups

INGREDIENTS

  • 1½ cups good-quality cocoa or cacao

  • 1 cup coconut milk powder or whole milk powder

  • ¾ cup coconut sugar

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla bean powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • ¼ teaspoon fine pink Himalayan sea salt

METHOD

Sift the cocoa or cacao and milk powder into a medium-sized bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk to combine evenly. Transfer to a medium-sized jar or airtight container.

To serve, spoon two heaped tablespoons of the cocoa mix into a mug, then top up with boiling water.

Store the dry mix in the pantry for up to one year.

Extracted from Homemade, by Eleanor Ozich, published by Penguin.

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