It’s winter in Nairobi, and we’re all bundled up in boots, scarves, and wooly jumpers. Jesse has been making hot chocolate for the girls in the morning, to help warm them up. Unfortunately, the stuff we get in the store is loaded with added refined sugar, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors. I found a great recipe for two ingredient chocolate syrup on one of my favorite food blogs, 100 Days of Real Food (actually, from her equally wonderful cookbook, which I use every week!). What’s great about this recipe is that it has NO refined sugar, and no junky ingredients! Added bonus – it’s ridiculously easy to make!
3 Tablespoons of 100% cocoa powder
6 Tablespoons of maple syrup (the real stuff!)
The instructions are simple – just whisk the ingredients together with a fork until the cocoa powder is incorporated into the syrup, with no lumps or powdery bits. It takes a minute or two of stirring to get it completely blended. If you don’t have maple syrup, you could try substituting honey (which is way less expensive). I haven’t tried it myself, but others say it turns out great! I put ours in an empty squeezable honey bottle, which works great for making hot chocolate. Simply combine 2 heaping teaspoons of the chocolate syrup with 3/4 cup warm milk, stir and enjoy!
Both of our kids love hot chocolate made with this chocolate syrup, especially Heidi. She chugs it down in 2 seconds flat! It gets them to drink more milk, which is great, and I feel so much better about them drinking the homemade drinking chocolate than the processed stuff we find in the store. (And, unlike some of my homemade obsessions, this one is really easy to make!)
So whip up a batch of two ingredient chocolate sauce, make some hot chocolate, and stay warm! 🙂