Paleo Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Hot chocolate is one of my absolute favorite indulgences. When I was in college, my sweet mama used to come visit me during finals and sit up with me late into the night as I studied. She would always make us hot cocoa with cheese and crackers as a study snack, and I love those sweet memories. She has always been my biggest supporter.

But this post is about cocoa, so here is our favorite hot cocoa recipe adapted from one of my favorite paleo bloggers, Danielle Walker.

Paleo Peppermint Hot Cocoa:

2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 can coconut cream*

3 ounces dark chocolate (we used 80%)

2T cocoa powder

2T honey (original recipe calls for 1/4 cup but we didn't want it quite that sweet)

+4 drops Young Living peppermint oil -- you can also just add one drop into the individual cups if someone wants plain cocoa

Place the almond milk and coconut cream in a saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, then whisk in the cocoa powder, honey and chocolate. Heat for about 5 minutes, stirring to ensure all the chocolate is melted and the cocoa is thick and creamy. Add peppermint oil to the mixture OR place in mugs and add one drop of peppermint oil directly to the individual mugs. Top with homemade peppermint marshmallows if desired!

Enjoy beside the fire with a cozy blanket and a good book!

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*You can buy coconut cream from Trader Joes or make your own by refrigerating a can of coconut milk upside down overnight. The cream and milk will separate, so when you flip the can over, the cream will be on the top. Scoop it out and save the milk for another recipe (makes a great smoothie addition). Use all the cream for this cocoa recipe.