Hot Cocoa with a Kick!

Veronica's Healthy Living
I found this delightful recipe at https://draxe.com/recipe/hot-cocoa-recipe/. I adapted it to give it some “warmth” and to help give weight loss a boost. If you don’t have a dark chocolate bar, you can use 1-2 extra tablespoons of raw cacao powder. Just extra stevia to sweeten. You can also sweeten with honey or maple syrup.
Prep Time 10 mins
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 1 13.5 oz can coconut milk
  • 1 ½ oz 85% or higher dark chocolate bar (use 100% for sugar-free)
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder raw
  • ½ to 1 tsp stevia to taste
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • dash cayenne pepper

Coconut Whipped Creme

  • 1 13.5 oz can coconut milk full-fat
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • stevia to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a medium pan, add in coconut milk, dark chocolate bar, raw cacao powder and stevia.
  • Turn heat up to medium-low and let mixture melt.
  • Add vanilla extract, and cayenne pepper.
  • Whisk together hot cocoa mixture until all is melted and well-combined.
  • Pour in two mugs and top with whipped coconut cream, if you desire. Add a dash of cinnamon and cayenne pepper (optional) to the top.
  • Serve immediately.

Coconut Whipped Creme

  • Place can of coconut milk in refrigerator overnight.
  • Remove next day, and carefully scoop off the solid creme on the top.
  • Reserve the liquid to use in smoothies, soups or other recipes. 
  • Place solid creme in high speed blender (can use standing mixer also), along with other ingredients. 
  • Add vanilla and stevia.  Whip at high speed for 20-30 seconds until fluffy.  Serve immediately.  Stores well in refrigerator.