Today’s post was inspired by a recent trip to a coffee shop with my sweet friend from middle school. She ordered a Raspberry Mocha, which I immediately wanted. I knew however, that ordering one would leave me with a very unhappy belly. Instead I opted for a decaf Americano and filed that Mocha in the “must make for the blog” folder in the back of my brain. I finally had the chance to whip up a homemade version and decided to leave out the coffee and go with Raspberry Hot Chocolate instead. Oh boy, so good.
You guys know that I’m all about clean eating and healthful living, but self care and happiness are also extremely important to me. A healthy lifestyle can be complimented and even enhanced with the occasional treat. Never underestimate the power of joy! For me this might mean buying myself a small bouquet of flowers, taking time for a detox bath and a manicure, enjoying a nice meal out, or savoring a sweet treat.
The beauty of making yourself a treat at home is that you know what you like and how to make it both delicious and healthy! This Raspberry Hot Chocolate is a perfect example. You can choose to use raw dairy milk, almond milk, or coconut milk. You can also add more or less honey, based on your desire for sweetness. It’s a beautiful thing. The other bonus? You can drink this in your yoga pants while wrapped in a soft blanket. Talk about self care.
Raspberry Hot Chocolate is also perfect for date night! Although my husband and I have never been big on Valentine’s Day, I do enjoy all of the love and beauty surrounding the holiday. Instead of fighting crowds and spending too much money, I’d rather make a nice, home-cooked meal finished off with a mug of Raspberry Hot Chocolate. Snuggle up with your loved one and enjoy a sappy movie. My favorite? Valentine’s Day of course!
- 2/3 cup full-fat coconut milk, almond milk (click here for instructions on making homemade almond milk), or raw dairy milk
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 2 Tablespoons organic cacao
- 1 Tablespoon finely ground freeze dried raspberries (I found some at Trader Joe's and have seen them at Whole Foods as well. I used a coffee grinder to grind the raspberries into a fine powder.)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon raw, local honey (more or less depending on your taste)
- 1/2 Tablespoon gelatin (optional, but it adds protein and gives the hot chocolate some body)
- Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan and heat over medium low heat. You can easily double, triple, or quadruple this recipe as needed.
- Whisk slowly to combine the ingredients.
- When the hot chocolate is warmed to your liking, I would recommend using your immersion blender to add some froth and make sure there are no lumps remaining in the mixture.
- If the raspberry seeds are an issue, simply pour the hot chocolate through a fine mesh strainer held over your mug. The seeds settled to the bottom of my mug, so I did not bother with this step.
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