Sipping on a large mug of hot chocolate is one of my favorite things about winter. E loves it so much that he has a cup every night after dinner (we may or may not use it to bribe him into finishing his dinners). Lately, I've been trying something different than our usual Swiss Miss mix that we've been drinking for years. A good friend recently gave me a few cartons of chocolate almond milk and I've been heating that up with some regular milk and cinnamon sticks. Not only has it been a healthier alternative, we found ourselves loving it more! It's much lighter and smoother. The richness is still there, but you don't feel like your hips and rear just gained 5 pounds after a cup. ;)
The above picture includes all the ingredients I had planned to use. The only item not shown is the cardamom that I decided to add at the very last minute.
* This recipe makes enough for two!
2 C chocolate almond milk
1 C 2% milk
2 cinnamon sticks
a pinch of cardamom
1/3 C semi-sweet chocolate or your favorite dark chocolate (optional)
1/4 tsp ancho chili powder (optional)
In a large saucepan, mix together the almond milk, regular milk, cardamom and cinnamon sticks on medium high heat. Right before it starts to boil, turn the heat down to medium low and let it slowly simmer for another 5 minutes. If you like your drink richer/sweeter, melt some semi-sweet chocolate morsels or your favorite dark chocolate (yummm) on a double broiler and add it into the milk mixture as well. Once the cinnamon becomes fragrant, remove from heat and pour the drink into your mugs. Serve with some toasted marshmallows!