Do I even need to elaborate?
Ok I will.
This hot chocolate will sweep you up, twirl you around, and fulfill your wildest chocolate dreams. After one sip, it's very likely that you will never want to drink anything else.
It's true love
I first discovered "trashed up" recipes from Jessica over at How Sweet Eats. I've actually been doing it for a long time, but I didn't know there was a name for it! "trashing up" is basically taking a regular, rule-abiding recipe, and adding tons of crazy things to make it:
C. A million times more fun
Who's with me?!
The "base" of the cocoa is made with canned coconut milk to make it thick and super rich without whole milk or cream. Mixed up with antioxidant-rich cacao powder, cinnamon, and a touch of sweet from maple syrup, it's like drinking pure melted chocolate.
Montezuma's got nothing on this. Which reminds me: If you're into it, a pinch of chili powder would be ridiculous here.
I made this using some of my super fun Christmas presents like Penzey's cinnamon blend and this super quality vanilla. If you have the chance, I highly recommend buying it because quality vanilla really changes a recipe. It's a little touch of luxury that's totally worth it.
And this caramel. This caramel. I've been selfishly keeping this to myself for a while, but it's just too good not to share. You guys deserve it.
I still can't really wrap my head around how incredible it is. Caramel is difficult. It involves boiling, candy thermometers, it's sticky and time consuming, and its main ingredients are sugar and heavy cream. In other words, I'm not a fan.
This caramel comes together in 30 seconds, requires no cooking, uses no refined sugar, is vegan, and has two ingredients. Also, it looks + tastes exactly like real caramel. Whaaaaaat?
I'm just sitting here opening and closing my mouth like a fish because I can't describe my excitement for this caramel. It is a miracle and once you've tried it, it will mysteriously start to show up in everything. Caramel oatmeal, caramel toast, caramel almond butter, caramel kale salad (recipe coming soon)
Coconut Dulce De Leche Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate
For the cocoa:
- 1 2/3 cups canned coconut milk (1 14oz can)
- 2 cups coconut milk from a carton
- 4 tbsp real maple syrup
- 1 tsp high quality vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup cacao powder (cocoa is fine)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1.5 oz chopped dark chocolate (I used 4 squares of Lindt 85%)
For the caramel:
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp coconut butter (can be found at health food stores, festival foods, and online)
Whisk all cocoa ingredients together in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat, stirring, until the mixture starts to steam but do not let it boil. Add the chopped chocolate and let it melt, then divide between 4 mugs.
Mix together the maple syrup and coconut butter in a small bowl. Microwave in 5 second intervals if needed to soften the coconut butter.
Top the cocoa with coconut whipped cream,* caramel, and chocolate shavings.
*Coconut whipped cream: Refrigerate a can of coconut milk overnight. Without shaking, open the can and scoop out the thick cream at the top. Whip the cream in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment or with handheld beaters, adding the leftover coconut water if needed to mix.
How was everyone's holidays? Mine was filled with friends, laughs, running, and lots (and lots) of treats! Hope you're all staying safe and enjoying this weird (fab) weather.
Have a lovely weekend and share some hot chocolate with someone you love. And if they don't already love you back, they will after the first sip ;)