This year has really sucked. I honestly don’t even have the right words to fully describe how terrible this year has felt, so as a result I’ve been feeling the need to really lean into this holiday season and find pockets of joy where I can and this peppermint hot chocolate helps me do just that.
I love all the comforting flavors this time of year brings and the combination of peppermint and chocolate is one of my favorites. This hot chocolate has a smooth and velvety taste with just the slightest hint of sweet peppermint. As soon as I took a sip I was instantly reminded of my pre-AIP college days, walking through my snowy campus sipping on a peppermint hot cocoa from Starbucks. My AIP-version tastes just like the drink I remember.
This hot chocolate can easily be made fully Autoimmune Protocol friendly by subbing the cocoa powder with carob powder. Serve it alongside my Snickerdoodle Cookies!
Peppermint Hot Chocolate (AIP/ Paleo)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
2 cups coconut milk
½ cup water
2 TBS cocoa powder or carob powder for elimination-phase AIP
⅛ tsp salt
1 TBS + 1tsp coconut sugar
⅛ tsp peppermint flavor or extract
Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to medium/low heat. Whisk the mixture until the coconut sugar dissolves and the cocoa or carob powder fully mix with the milk. Once fully combined and warm, pour into mugs and enjoy!