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Coconut Hot Chocolate and Favorite Recipes from 2015

coconuthotchoc3_dec2015

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Another hot chocolate recipe? But you posted one last year and said it was the best?! You’re right. I did. And it is the best hot chocolate recipe! So why another recipe? Because that recipe is the best for everyone. This one is for coconut-lovers specifically. (And it’ll probably convert non-coconut lovers, too; yeah, it’s that good!)

I made this hot chocolate a couple weeks ago while studying for finals. I photographed it as part of a “study break” (my study breaks > average study breaks). And now I finally get to share it with you all! Especially since the weather is finally cooperating and below 70°F

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This recipe ‘process’ is very similar to my other hot chocolate recipe. First heat up the milk; next mix the dry ingredients + coconut oil in a mug and then stir in about a teaspoon of the hot milk. Add in the rest of the milk, sprinkle with coconut flakes, grab your favorite book, and enjoy!

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Talking about books, I have five books and counting that I’m hoping to read (and finish!) during Christmas break.  Oh, and I need to work on a few essays for a summer program I’m applying for. And they call it Christmas “break.”

Anyways, find the recipe for this hot cocoa below (hot chocolate vs hot cocoa, is there a difference….?) and then keep scrolling to find some of your favorite recipes from this year!

Coconut Hot Chocolate
 
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Serves: 1 mug
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 4 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of vanilla
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • coconut flakes (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat the coconut milk and milk until it begins to boil.
  2. In a mug add the cocoa powder, honey, cinnamon, vanilla, and coconut oil.
  3. Once the milk is heated, remove it from the stove and add a teaspoon of it into the mug. Mix well.
  4. Add the rest of the milk into the mug and stir. Add coconut flakes on top (optional) and enjoy!

 

And now, let’s highlight a few of your (and my!) favorite recipes from 2015!

sweetpotatocrust3_april2015

I’ve used this sweet potato crust in so many recipes and, trust me, it does not disappoint!

crepecake7_feb2015

Crepe cakes are definitely staying on my menu in 2016!

brownieswhippedcoconutcream18_may2015

You guys LOVED these brownies! And so did I :) Especially since they’re sweetened with maple syrup and we skipped the butter and used coconut oil!

roastedchickenandveggies4_nov2015

Forget boring, tasteless salads. This salad takes salads to a whole new level of yum! So much love <3

almondjoysmoothie2_august2015

And last, but certainly not least, smoothies. Specifically this almond joy smoothie bowl. What’s not to love? It’s like dessert for breakfast. But the dessert is healthy. And delicious. And chocolatey. And coconuty. And beautiful. (Yeah, smoothies can be beautiful)

So now that we’ve reminisced about deliciousness, sip your coconut hot cocoa and ponder the meaning of life.

Or what your next meal will be.

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THE Best Hot Chocolate

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*belts out “It’s the MOST WONDERFUL TIIIME OF THE YEEEEAR”* Am I the only one who’s ECSTATIC about the fact that it’s only TWO MORE WEEKS till CHRISTMAS!? Yeah, I didn’t think so; maybe I just have a harder time keeping it in.

Over the years I’ve become quite the hot chocolate connoisseur (I admit it: I had to look up the spelling of that word…) Cinnamon, oh yeahh. Nutmeg, yes please! Cloves, bring it on. Ginger, just a tad. Vanilla, can’t leave that out! Hot chocolate is sooo much more than just the usual cocoa, sugar, and milk (don’t get me started on what I think about using water instead; it’s a big no no) Those three ingredients are just the base, the starting point. And then you add in all the spices you like! The result: true comfort food (er, drink)

Hot Choco 2

Last week (the week before finals) I made myself a cup of hot chocolate (almost) every day. I mean, seriously, how do you except me to get through studying without my hot chocolate or tea? You don’t, that’s what. (Speaking about school: I have my last final tomorrow and BAM! I’m done with this fall semester *happy dance*)

Anyways….

Hot Choco 3

Not only is this hot chocolate a party for your tastebuds, it’s also dangerously easy to make! Just mix up all the ingredients (except the milk); then stir in the hot milk and that’s that! Whipped cream goes really well with it, just sayin’ (it also melts very quickly, as evidenced in the above photo)

Hot Choco 1

And one last random thing: is this or is this not the cutest Christmas napkin! It’s very comforting, too 😉

THE Best Hot Chocolate
 
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Not only is this hot chocolate a party for your tastebuds, it's also dangerously easy to make! Top with whipped cream and enjoy!
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Serves: 1-2 mugs
Ingredients
  • 4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch of ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • dash of cloves
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp honey (or sugar), more to taste
  • 1½ cups milk
Instructions
  1. Heat the milk on medium-low heat until it begins to simmer.
  2. Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a mug.
  3. Add a teaspoon of milk to the mug and stir until smooth and creamy.
  4. Add the rest of the milk and stir.
  5. Serve with whipped cream and sip on this deliciousness!
Notes
*If making two mugs, just divide the dry ingredients between the two mugs and add ½ tsp of hot milk to each, stir, and then add in the rest of the milk