Recipe: Dairy-Free Peppermint Hot Chocolate (makes 2-4 servings)
Today was a hot chocolate kind of day. Overcast, cool, breezy. Perfect weather to have a fire and sip a cup of something warm. This is chocolately, creamy and filling! I know it’s a little early for peppermint (I always associate the flavor with Christmas), so if you want to leave that out, you can. But it’s really, really yummy with it in!
1/2 cup water
2 oz bittersweet chocolate (you can eliminate this and only do cocoa powder if you want, it just won’t have quite the same “melted chocolate” texture)
1 TBSP cocoa powder
splash pure vanilla extract
2-3 TBSP pure maple syrup (depending on how sweet you like it)
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and heat on low, whisking occasionally, until chocolate is melted and steam is starting to rise. Serve promptly–preferably on the couch, in front of a fire, with a good book in hand.