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Vegan Garden Island Hot Chocolate

This hot chocolate, shared by Garden Island Chocolate (http://www.gardenislandchocolate.com/), is rich and full of spices and is perfect when you are feeling under the weather or wanting a healthy treat.  

Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1.5 ounces 100% dark unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 -- 3 tablespoons maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 vanilla bean (if making on the stovetop, use only the seeds scraped out of the pod)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 cup milk (I used coconut milk)

Instructions

Blender Instructions:

  1. Place the hot water in a blender.  Add the chocolate, sweetener, and spices, and blend until smooth.  Add the milk and blend again until smooth and creamy.  Enjoy immediately.

Stovetop Instructions:

  1. Place the hot water in a pot on the stove.  Add the chocolate, sweetener, and spices, and bring to a simmer, whisking constantly.  When the chocolate has melted, gradually add the milk, continuing to whisk.  Once full incorporated and smooth and creamy, enjoy immediately.