gluten free, dairy free, paleo, vegan \\\
It’s winter. The days are blustery, chilly and a touch bleak. But even in Sydney, with its very mild winter (really, people!), it’s so nice to curl up on the couch with a mug of this Luxe Hot Chocolate. And, it’s totally a selling point that it’s quick to make up a batch to have on hand for when you want an “instant” hot chocolate ….where “instant” means three minutes. All you need to do is measure out 4 tablespoons of the mix and add to some heated milk, and voila…a luxe hot chocolate all to yourself.
This recipe is adapted from one by Smitten Kitchen, but I adapted it to my tastes and to make it Paleo-friendly. It’s a winner and makes a lovely gift for your chocolate-loving friends and family. The sweetness is just right – there’s nothing worse than the cloying sweetness found in many hot chocolates served at cafes.
If you like your chocolate on the spicy side, feel free to add in some cayenne pepper when you make your hot chocolate – it’s unbeatable!
Oh and I can’t forget to include some nutritional information. Cacao has wonderful health benefits, and its phytonutrients combined with the resistant starch from the potato starch will help to feed the beneficial bacteria in your gut. You can take the gut benefits up another notch by adding a tablespoon of hydrolyzed gelatin powder.
4 Ingredient, 5 Minute Luxe Hot Chocolate Mix
4 Ingredient, 5 Minute Luxe Hot Chocolate Mix is deliciously creamy, gluten-free, dairy-free and easy to make.
- 200g soy- and dairy-free dark chocolate*
- 150g cacao powder (approx. 1 cup)
- 160g powdered sugar** (a bit less than 1 cup)
- 60g (5 US or 4 AU tablespoons) potato starch
- Break up the chocolate blocks in to large pieces and place in the bowl of your food processor.
- Process the chocolate for up to 5 minutes, in to crumb size. Don't worry if the crumbs look large, they don't need to be fine. Approx 2mm in size is ok.
- Add the remaining ingredients and then blend everything for a minute or so.
- Remove to a mixing bowl and then stir by hand with a wooden spoon to ensure everything is well incorporate (sometimes the ingredients at the bottom of the food processor don't mix completely).
To make the hot chocolate (per serve)
- Warm up 350mL of milk*** of your choice in a small saucepan until it's gently boiling.
- Add in 4 tablespoons (3 AU tablespoons) of hot chocolate mixture to the saucepan and quickly whisk for a minute or so until the mixture has thickened. Spices such as cinnamon or cayenne can be added here. If using cayenne, a generous pinch is enough.
- Pour in to a mug and enjoy!
*I recommend Frey brand 85% dark chocolate as it is dairy free and soy free, and is also very affordable at only $2.50 a block at Woolworths here in Australia. I believe this brand is also available internationally.
**I make my own powdered sugar in a blender but this can be purchased
***I don't recommend using full fat coconut milk as the hot chocolate will be really rich. You can use half coconut milk, half water and it will taste great.