I put a hot chocolate recipe in my blog schedule for today (5th March) and thought I was being a bit stupid leaving it so late.
Little did I know that it would actually come at the perfect time - as the snow has been pouring down in the last few days it was the ideal time to have a go at perfecting this recipe. I might have felt a bit of a fraud if spring had ACTUALLY arrived!
When I have hot chocolate I want it to be super creamy and rich. None of this milky watery nonsense. I can remember being perpetually disappointed by powdered hot chocolates that offered so much promised but always under delivered.
I think the only hot chocolate that has ever hit the spot is one I've had at Caffe Vergnano. I think that's basically because their version is melted chocolate. It's almost so thick that you have to spoon it into your mouth, rather than pour it. That, my friends, is a hot chocolate.
So when David saw me photographing this recipe he pointed out it looked more like a mousse. Partly that's because I've photographed it in a clear glass - otherwise you can't see the colour and consistency, right?! But also because this hot chocolate is THICK.
I've used banana to get that thicker consistency. If you want a runnier consistency you can of course just use half a banana or add more coconut milk or even water to thin it out. As with all recipes, adjust to your taste.
As usual with my sweet recipes, personally I don't think this needs any additional sweetener. But my resident chief taster reckons it could do with a little drop. So if you want to give it a little sugar hit, you could always drizzle in a bit of maple syrup or honey.
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
COOK TIME: 5 minutes
- 1 cup (250ml) coconut milk
- 1 banana
- 1 tsp hemp protein powder
- 2 tbsp cacao
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- Pinch of salt
- Cacao nibs to top (optional)
- Drizzle of honey or maple syrup (optional)
1. Put all the ingredients (apart from the cacao nibs) into a food processor and blend together until smooth and combined.
2. Pour the mixture into a small saucepan and place over a low heat. Gradually heat the mixture but don't bring to a boil - remember there's a banana in there and you don't really want it to cook. It shouldn't take more than 5 minutes. Taste and add maple syrup or honey if needed.
3. When the mixture is completely heated through, pour into a glass or mug. Sprinkle with a few cacao nibs and some ground ginger and serve. You might need a spoon, it's thick!
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