March 4th here in Oklahoma and it’s a white winter land outside! Kind of late for us to be having this kind of weather and possibly more on the way later in the week. Single digit temps and extreme wind chills bring on the desire for something hot to drink!
One of our favorite drinks is a chocolate pudding type drink that I found on Heavenly Homemaker’s website. If you haven’t visited her site spend some time there looking at her blog and recipe’s. There are simple, healthy and delicious recipes to peruse as well as her thoughts about eating, using healthy ingredients, and living a Christ centered life. I did revise it a bit by adding just a sprinkling of salt. Those of you who know me know I love my salt but that’s not why I added it! My original chocolate pudding recipe has salt and this recipe is so similar I thought it would benefit from the addition. Salt in such a slight amount brings our other flavors without tasting salty.
Another favorite is a hot cocoa drink I found on the 100 Days of Real Food site. It is very simple to prepare, delicious, and keeps all those chemical ingredients found in packaged hot chocolate mixes out of our bodies. Simply add 1/2 t cocoa and 1 t maple syrup to 3/4 cup of hot or cold milk. I find it easier to blend by placing only a small amount of milk in a mug or pan, whisking in the cocoa and then adding the remaining ingredients.
- 1 1/2 c milk
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 1/2 T sucanat (natural sugar with fiber and minerals intact)
- 1/8 c grade B pure maple syrup
- 1/8 c cocoa powder
- 1 T arrowroot powder
- 1/2 T real butter
- 1/2 t vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- Place a very small amount of the milk in a small pot.
- Add cocoa and arrowroot powder and whisk until smooth.
- Add remaining milk, egg yolks, syrup, sucanat, and salt.
- Whisk thoroughly.
- Heat while continuing to whisk over medium heat.
- When thickened remove from heat and add butter and vanilla, stirring.
- This will not be as thick as chocolate pudding, but will thicken.
There are many other hot drinks to make when the weather is icy cold. I’ve grown to enjoy hot tea, particularly the ones found at The Bulk Herb Store. My two favorites are Gingersnap Tea and Lemon Drop Tea. What do you like to drink during cold weather?