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Coconut Hot Chocolate with Almond Whipped Cream

Creamy, rich and velvety, this coconut hot chocolate will warm you up from head to toe.

We often discuss organic, unprocessed foods in our house. As I learn, I’ve made a point to share with my kids so they can make healthy choices for themselves. My youngest daughter is 9 years old and has become pretty passionate about eating unprocessed foods. She regularly declines food at parties, not because she has to, but because she chooses to. She talks to her friends at school about organics. In fact, one day she told me the other kids were bringing their packaged foods to her. She would read the label and whether it was “healthy” or not (wish I’d been a fly on the wall that day!).

A few weeks ago, we were walking hand-in-hand through the grocery store at our Air Force Base. After a few minutes of cruising the aisles, she said, “Mom, can I keep my eyes closed while we walk through the commissary? Seeing all this processed food is making me nauseous.” I obliged. How could I not?! So I walked my little girl by the hand while she kept her eyes closed in fear of seeing processed foods.

Creamy, rich and velvety, this coconut hot chocolate will warm you up from head to toe.

Photo Credit Kelly Kate Photography

My girls love to thumb through my cooking magazines. Bon Appetit, Food Network, Food and Wine, the list goes on. My youngest was thumbing through one of the magazines and came across an ad for “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!” She looked at me and exclaimed, “If it’s not real butter, then what IS it?!” Isn’t it funny how sometimes kids get “real food” a bit quicker than adults?

Creamy, rich and velvety, this coconut hot chocolate will warm you up from head to toe.

I posted some quips on Facebook and many of you shared funny stories about kids and real food. Let’s share here, too. What funny things have your kids said about organic, unprocessed food?

Ingredients

For the whipped cream (optional):
    • 3/4 cup cold heavy (or whipping) cream
    • 1/2 cup mascarpone (here’s a great recipe for homemade mascarpone )
    • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the hot chocolate:
    • 1 cup whole milk
    • 1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk
    • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
    • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or a few drops of liquid stevia )
    • 3.5 ounces dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Topping:
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted

Instructions

  1. Place cream, mascarpone and extracts in a mixing bowl. Whisk until soft peaks form.
  2. Whisk milk, coconut milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup and chocolate in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until smooth and steaming. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla. Serve hot chocolate with whipped cream on top and sprinkle with coconut flakes.

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