a sugar-free alternative to hot cocoa. (and dairy-free)
When the weather is just frigid outside like it has been this winter — sometimes you want something warm and comforting to drink at night. I am a big tea drinker but sometimes tea just doesn’t cut it from the taste/texture department. I haven’t had hot cocoa in awhile because I am not for buying processed packs of cocoa dust and there is too much sugar and dairy in them. Also, using real cacao has caffeine in it so drinking that at night is out.
Instead I have been using carob powder to make my hot cocoa. It is a great alternative to cocoa without the caffeine and you can make it without dairy or sugar so that it doesn’t effect your sleep at night. Carob comes from a pod in trees found in the Middle East and along the Mediterranean sea shore. Inside the pod is a sweet pulp which is ground into carob powder. It can be used to replace cacao in most recipes and the powder is naturally sweeter and lower in fat than cocoa powder and higher in fiber.
- 1 TBSP Carob powder
- Cup of Almond Milk (unsweetened)
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Warm the milk in a small saucepan and add all the ingredients. Stir until all melted – try not to let boil.
That is it! Simple cup of warm and delicious hot carob.