January 21, 2012

Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate {with Almond Milk}

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It's a cold day here in Connecticut and I am so happy that it's finally a snow day.


This would have been much better if it was a weekday and I was able to have a snow day off from work but non the less it's a snow day and I will take it.

It's beautiful outside and like I always say, I can deal with the cold temps of winter if there is snow on the ground.

So it's a snowy Saturday and you are stuck in the house, what to do???

Well when I woke up this morning it was 80's music blasting on the tv, running around with the puppies in the snow, and, you guessed it... I still haven't gotten out of my pi's.

Don't judge.

You know you've been there before, and it FABULOUS!
I have been wanting a glass of steamy hot chocolate for sometime now but again, with no snow, it seemed almost a waist {well, not exactly... just no warm snow-day fuzzes}. 

Today was a perfect day!
You all know I love spice and all the health benefits that come with it but I just had to take my healthy, dairy-free hot chocolate to another level. I have read over and over again this combination with your favorite chocolaty drink so this morning I dove in.


Warm, creamy and rich hot chocolate with a little zip. The cinnamon and spices really lightly shake up the modern hot chocolate and added such cozy flavors... perfect for a cold snowy day.


Have fun making your snow angels, this girl is relaxing with the pups, then out for a new outfit for a girlfriends birthday.  


Perfect.
Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate {with Almond Milk}
Recipe and photos by A Healthy Jalapeño 

Ingredients
4 cups unsweetened almond milk
2 oz dark chocolate (preferably at least 70 percent cacao), finely chopped
1 tsp unsweetened organic cocoa powder, plus more for garnish

1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 paprika
splash of vanilla extract
chocolate shavings, (optional, for topping)

Place the chocolate and cocoa in a mixing bowl. Heat almond milk in a saucepan. Pour over chocolate and cocoa and whisk well to melt and make frothy. Stir in vanilla. If available, use a hand blender or hand mixer to make it even more frothy on top. Pour into mugs and serve immediately. 
Dollop with whip and sprinkle with chocolate shavings to garnish. 

Enjoy!

2 comments:

Lisa~~ said...

Oh this looks wonderful. Seeing your snow pictures reminds me of one of the things I don't miss from living in CT.

Shelby said...

I'm definitely trying (and pinning!) this - sounds so awesome. We also use almond milk here all the time. I love the fact its better for us and it doesn't spoil anywhere near as quickly as cow's milk!