Foodie Friday: Espresso Hot Cocoa {Vegan}


Welcome back to our weekly Foodie Friday link up! I’m linking up with Montana from Pretty Lil’ Mudder, Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl, Farrah from Fairyburger and Cassandra from Powered by BLING to create awesome healthy recipes each week!  Also, make sure you hop around to check out all the amazing recipes in this link up and feel free to add your recipes as well! Espresso Hot Cocoa {Vegan}

 Today our theme is all out healthy hot drinks.  When I think of hot drinks usually coffee comes to mind but I drink mine black and coffee by itself really isn’t that festive or fun (in the creative sense) so I thought I’d make it a little more interesting by adding some a lot of chocolate to it 😉 

I had all intentions of making this look oh so pretty and inviting and had pictured photographing a pipping hot mug with frothy whipped cream sitting by the fire but, as usual, things never work out the way I want them to.  

Right after I steamed the milk and melted the chocolate I poured it into this festive little mug and headed out into my sun room to take some pictures.  My children stayed in the kitchen and from where I was I could hear them laughing, giggling and cracking up.  At first I didn’t think much of it because usually quietness is a sign of destruction but after a minute of non-stop laughter I decided they were having too much fun to be behaving.  

Upon rounding the corner, I saw a pile of snow inside my house.  Apparently they wanted to build a snowman just like Anna and Elsa……Do you want to build a snowman

Much like Grumpy Cat, I put the kibosh on the snowman assembly and cleaned up the mess to return to my poor espresso hot chocolate creation topped with (what was) whipped coconut cream only to find it melted….much like their indoor Olaf. Espresso Hot Cocoa

Oh well.  You win some, you lose some but it still tasted pretty awesome which is all that matters, right?

Espresso Hot Cocoa
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can full fat coconut milk
  2. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  3. 3-4 tbsp vegan dark chocolate bar, chopped
  4. 1 tbsp cacao powder
  5. 1 tsp espresso powder
  6. 4-6 drops liquid stevia (optional)
  7. 1 tsp coffee extract
Instructions
  1. Separate coconut milk and fat by scooping out fat and placing into a bowl.
  2. In a medium saucepan bring almond milk and coconut milk to a boil then add in chocolate, espresso and stevia.
  3. Whisk everything together as chocolate melts until completely blended and no more chunks of chocolate remain.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Take your bowl of coconut fat and add in coffee extract and more stevia, if desired.
  6. Whisk all together until frothy.
  7. Pour hot chocolate mixture into a large mug and top with coconut whipped cream.
  8. Enjoy! :)
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23 Comments

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Reply December 12, 2014

Looks decadent!
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Renee @ Bendiful Blog
Reply December 12, 2014

Booo for winter but Yeah for Hot chocolate! I love that angry cat meme. This snow is seriously depressing me.
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Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply December 12, 2014

ooh full fat coconut milk huh? That looks like a yummy splurge :)
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Mary Beth Jackson
Reply December 12, 2014

Looks yummy to me! Coconut milk sounds fattening! :)
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Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply December 12, 2014

I'm convinced we have the same brain! I'm posting a new hot chocolate recipe tomorrow :). Our recipes are always in line with each other.
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    aelicatese
    Reply December 12, 2014

    We really must share a brain wave or something! I can't wait to see what you came up with, I am sure it's tasty ;) Make sure to come back and link up too!

Marcia
Reply December 12, 2014

Looks so good! My kids are all about hot cocoa right now but I love the espresso aspect of this one for purely selfish reasons!
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    aelicatese
    Reply December 12, 2014

    Haha, that is exactly why I added it in there ;) I was just going to make traditional hot cocoa but the espresso made it seem like that much more of a treat!

Montana Ross
Reply December 12, 2014

Hahaha, that's awesome and sounds like the kind of thing I would have done as a kid if I lived up north! I've actually NEVER built a snowman! Like ever! That needs to go on my list of things to do.

Anyway, the espresso addition to the hot cocoa sounds amazing! I love how most of us did cocoa recipes but added our own little twist to them :-) Very festively winter!
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    aelicatese
    Reply December 12, 2014

    Whaaaaat???? You MUST come visit me STAT so you can build a snowman! I'll feed you hot cocoa and cookies after ;)

    And yes, my kids are very similar to me when I was a kid....total payback.

Farrah
Reply December 12, 2014

I had all these intentions to make mine super festive and pretty too, but then I realized I didn't have a mug (........), and then it kinda just spiraled downhill from there.

I love the cup you used! :D It's super cute, and looks super delicious! <3

    aelicatese
    Reply December 13, 2014

    Hahaha! I think yours looks and sounds scrumptious too :) I can't wait to try it out!

Paola Fuentes
Reply December 13, 2014

Mmmmm. That looks really really good.
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Autumn
Reply December 13, 2014

Grumpy cat is awesome and so is your drink! Sounds delish...mmmmmmmmocha! ONe of my faves!
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Lora
Reply December 15, 2014

MMMM! I wish I was sipping on this RIGHT NOW!
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Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply December 15, 2014

I have been making so many hot drinks recently, but I have been running out of ideas. This is the next one to try I think!
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Sarah
Reply December 18, 2014

Love this! I started thinking ok how is this different than a mocha but realized it probably has less coffee flavor and is great for those that don't have espresso makers at home. Having one I am use to it but will have to try this version as well because I really want to try it with a Vega Maca Chocolate Bar!!
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    aelicatese
    Reply December 18, 2014

    You know- I struggled with what to call this because at first I thought it was like a mocha as well but it's really not since coffee isn't the main ingredient. The espresso really gives it a subtle hint of coffee flavor. I would LOVE to try it with the Vega Maca Chocolate Bar- let me know how it goes! :D

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