Thursday, September 27, 2012

Healthy Makeover: Frozen Hot Chocolate

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Wouldnt it be nice to enjoy a tall, frosty glass of Frozen Hot Chocolate without a speck of post-indulgence guilt? This healthy makeover recipe is your ticket to satisfying your cold cocoa craving while feeding your body healthy-delicious ingredients. Get my frosty recipe perfect for these still-warmish early fall days!..

Some frozen hot chocolate recipes call for a few hefty scoops of vanilla ice cream. Delicious no doubt, but then again, so is this non-dairy, ice cream-free healthy makeover recipe. This version is delicious in a tastes-just-like-a-milkshake sort of way. The secret is using frosty frozen bananas when you blend. You will end up with a frosty thick shake texture, with fewer calories and fat and the flavor is still worthy of dessert status. The bananas are not only sweet and delicious, but loaded with potassium and fiber.

Other healthy ingredients include antioxidant-rich cacao powder and nibs, protein-rich soy milk and some optional omega fatty acid and fiber rich chia seeds.

Try this recipe and realize that you dont have to add two scoops of ice cream to blend up a delicious frozen hot chocolate!

Dairy-Free Frozen Hot Chocolate
serves 1-2

2 bananas, frozen (extra ripe when frozen black spots)
1/2 3/4 cup non-dairy milk, vanilla (I like soy milk best for the creaminess)
1-2 Tbsp raw cacao powder
pinch of salt
sweeten to taste using agave syrup (you may need no additional sweetener if your bananas are very sweet)

optional ingredients..
1 tsp raw cacao nibs (optional)
1 tsp chia seeds (optional)
1/2 tsp instant coffee (optional for a mocha kick)
1/4 tsp real vanilla extract (optional)

Swirl of soy or rice whip cream on top + a pinch of cacao nibs.
A dash of cinnamon or nutmeg is also a nice touch for your frozen hot chocolate. (Add over top of into blender)

Directions: Add the cacao powder and 1/2 cup non-dairy milk to blender blend until smooth. Also add in any optional ingredients. Blend until smooth. Then add in the frozen banana and ice blend from low to high until rich and creamy. Add in more liquid to blend as needed. Use minimal amounts of liquid to achieve a thick texture. This recipe works best in a high speed blender. You may need to add another splash of non-dairy milk if your blender is low-speed.

Craving more frosty fall shake bliss? Try my dairy-free Frosty Pumpkin Shake or if you crave a warm mug version, try my Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte both recipes on Healthy. Happy. Life.

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