Sugar-Free Hot Chocolate & Sugar-Free Coconut Green Tea Latte
Even though I’m no longer a kid, I still love the thought of snowy sleigh rides through wintery farmers’ fields and forests, accompanied by copious cups of sweet hot chocolate poured into the cap of a Thermos.
There’s something so wonderful about pouring a cup of hot chocolate outside on a super cold day, and watching billowy buffs of steam rise from your mug.
I think of Bruce’s Mill, here in Ontario: a place that hosts an annual maple syrup festival during late winter. During the maple syrup festival, sap from tapped maple trees is boiled for days in a log cabin, sugar-shack. It’s very ‘pioneer-esk’, which is right up my nostalgic alley. You can watch the maple syrup being made or take a sleigh ride while seated on hay bales and wrapped in thick, wooly blankets. Hello…welcome to my Canadian world.
Once the maple syrup turns a deep, caramelized brown colour, the maple syrup makers at Bruce’s Mill pour the liquid onto fresh snow mounds: the cold temperature then instantly turns the runny maple syrup into thick and sticky maple taffy that can be twirled onto a popsicle stick. You then eat the taffy like a lollipop.
Last winter, when I went skiing at Mont Blanc, Quebec, the resort even had a tiny maple sugar shack on the ski hill! You could slide on up for some maple taffy or have a hot chocolate. Heavenly, right?
Now, here’s my issue. I no longer eat sugar. So, I can’t just have any ol’ cup of hot chocolate. I’ve had to create my own recipe. And, let me tell you…you do not have to eat sugar in order to have an amazing, chocolatey experience. All you need is a little bit of vanilla liquid stevia and a little bit of know-how.
Since it’s now winter, and we’re all hankering for hot bevies to cozy-up with on the couch, I thought I would share with you my two favorite sweet hot bevies because let’s be honest…it’s nice to have some variety in your sugar-free life. I love, love, love tea, but I also want some chocolatey goodness from time to time.
So, today I’m sharing with you my recipes for a sugar-free hot chocolate and a sugar-free coconut and green tea latte.
Do you have any lovely memories of winter? Leave a comment below!
Let’s get started!
- 1 1/2 tbsp of organic raw cocoa powder (for mild chocolate taste). 2 tbsp for big chocolate flavour.
- 3/4 of a cup of organic cow’s milk or unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup of boiled water
- 8-10 drops of NuNaturals Alcohol-Free Vanilla Liquid Stevia
- 1/8 tsp of organic vanilla extract or organic vanilla powder
- Into a small pot, place the raw cocoa powder.
- Pour 1/4 of a cup of boiling water (from a kettle) onto the cocoa powder.
- Stir to dissolve the cocoa powder.
- Add the milk.
- Heat the hot chocolate until steam rises from the top.
- Add the vanilla extract or vanilla powder.
- Add 8-10 drops of NuNaturals Alcohol-Free Vanilla Liquid Stevia
- **do not boil the milk. Heat the hot chocolate on a medium temperature**
- 1 1/2 tsp of green tea powder (Matcha powder)
- 1/4 cup of boiled water
- 1/4 cup of coconut milk
- 2/3 cup of organic cow’s milk or unsweetened almond milk
- 5-8 drops of NuNaturals Alcohol-Free Vanilla Liquid Stevia
- In a small pot, add the green tea powder.
- Add 1/4 of a cup of boiled water (from a kettle). Stir the tea until dissolved; I like to use a whisk.
- Add the coconut and cow/almond milk.
- Heat the latte on medium heat.
- Add 5-8 drops of NuNaturals Alcohol-Free Vanilla Liquid Stevia.