Remember making homemade hot chocolate from the recipe on the back of the cocoa powder container? As a kid I was particularly generous with the sugar, and of course I topped it off with a massive pillow of marshmallow creme. Talk about a sugar high! Ahhh…to be young again…
These days I’m focused on kicking my sugar habit (within reason, of course), so I’ve been experimenting with reducing – or eliminating – the sugar in my favorite recipes.
Not only is this hot chocolate sugar-free (as long as you use milk without added sugar), but it also has a nice dose of anti-inflammatory turmeric, and a unique sweet, floral smell and taste from the nutmeg. It will leave you thinking, “What is that mysterious flavor, and can I have a second serving, please?!”
Sugar-Free Mystery Hot Chocolate
Servings: Makes 1 serving
- 1 heaping TBL cocoa powder (I use Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder. Just make sure it’s unsweetened!)
- 1/8 tsp turmeric powder
- Tiny pinch of salt, black pepper, and nutmeg
- 2 TBL water
- 1 1/2 cups of milk (your choice of dairy or non-dairy, and unsweetened if you want to keep it free from added sugar)
- Combine the cocoa powder, turmeric, salt, pepper and nutmeg in a microwave-safe mug, and gently stir in the water until you have a thick, chocolaty paste (adding more water if needed).
- Stir in your milk, then microwave until nice and hot (my microwave takes about 1:40). Stir once more, and enjoy!