After exploring the snow in many layers of running gear, it seemed like the sort of day for hot chocolate. I rarely make or drink hot chocolate, not because I don't like it, but because usually I am just as happy with tea. However, with all the seasonal hot drinks advertised across winter, the idea of an orange hot chocolate lodged in my mind some time ago. Today the idea turned to reality.
I made this using three forms of chocolate (!), which, if you can do it, I recommend: dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and the orange flavoured sugar-free Choc Shot syrup. I am a little abashed to be mentioning Choc Shot again, but it is such a useful product that I do use it an awful lot. I ought to get some sort of sponsorship deal with the company. However, if you don't have access to the syrup I am listing a way to make this without it. My orange flavour came primarily from grated orange zest, but you could use orange extract / essence if that is easier.
One of the big pluses of living in the UK (vs. Australia) is access to vegan marshmallows, and that is especially true when drinking hot chocolate. If you don't have any, you could add some chocolate chips to the top of the drink or crumble in a vegan-friendly biscuit. Or, just enjoy the drink as it is. It is delicious enough to be quite satisfactory on its own.
Vegan orange hot chocolate
Perfect for winter days, or whenever you need comfort in a cup
Author: Bite-sized thoughts
1 cup (250ml) unsweetened almond milk, or non-dairy milk of choice
Grated zest of 1/2 orange
1 tsp cocoa powder
15g dark dairy-free chocolate + 1 - 2 tsp orange flavoured sugar-free Choc Shot syrup, OR, 20 - 25g dark dairy-free chocolate + 1 tsp agave, rice malt syrup or maple syrup
Vegan marshmallows, optional, for topping
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat over low-medium heat, stirring regularly, until well-combined and hot.
Serve with marshmallows if using.
Submitted to Healthy Vegan Fridays.