Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Vegan Hot Chocolate Recipe + My Winter Hutch

Vegan (dairy free) Hot Chocolate Recipe | One of the keys to surviving a Buffalo winter is to embrace it. The only way through this mess is to hygge the heck out of it. Make things cozy and appealing - dress them up a little, light candles, break out your prettiest blankets and drink a lot of coffee. (And then hold your breath til April. Just kidding, don't do that.)

This month has been challenging for me - what with giving up dairy, trying to stick to a new family budget, juggling lots of jobs and sniffly kids, and attempting to not fall into the abyss of sadness that is winter. Seasonal Affective Disorder comes for me like a mac truck around this time every year. (Why do I live in Buffalo again??)

So first, I did something new this year - I made a winter hutch.

winter hutch vignette

I usually decorate it for Christmas, and then it gets no more love until it's time for Valentine's decorations. Rather than let it sit empty and dismal (my whole house tends to feel like that after packing up Christmas!), I did some simple winter-themed jazzing up.

I left out a little winter house and church, my glittery Target bottle brush trees, and some small winter candles. I moved my snowflake wax warmer from the bathroom to here, propped up my letterboard (Matt thinks this saying is stupid but he doesn't get Gilmore Girls!!), and added some pictures.

I made the Let It Snow sign - you can have it in PDF form, if you'd like. Download it HERE. I'm not fancy enough to attach it to an email sign up, or to see how many of you actually download there it is, free and clear. Enjoy (lol.) The little picture is of Henry playing in the snow maybe 3-4 years ago, in a wintery frame my mom gave me. I also left my Christmas runner out because it wasn't TOO Christmasy (more white than anything) and I didn't really have anything that said winter specifically.

It's a simple thing, but it makes winter a little prettier and cozier...especially when the candles are lit when it's dark or gloomy.

With dairy out of my life, I was really missing hot chocolate this winter. I honestly choose coffee over anything, but on those days when my kiddos play out in the snow and come in wanting a cup, I'd like to join them! So I made up a little Vegan Hot Chocolate recipe, based on and adapted from the recipe on the side of the Hershey's Cocoa Powder container.

Vegan Hot Chocoalte Recipe should know, I'm kind of a wing-it cook. My measurements are never exact!! Adjust as things taste good to you! I also like things with less sugar than most, so you may need more.

Cold Winter's Night Vegan Hot Chocolate
1.2 - 1.75 cups almond milk
1/4 - 1/2 cup water
1.5 - 2 tablespoons organic cane sugar
dash of sea salt
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla
2-3 tablespoons cocoa powder

Put all of the above in a small saucepan on the stove, on medium heat. Whisk everything together, making sure that the sugar is completely dissolved and everything is well combined. Keep whisking and watching - let it come to a boil so that it looks almost like a frothy batter. This is what makes it as creamy and yummy as regular hot chocolate, but a mess is very likely if you aren't watching it like a hawk!!

Once it has foamed up and calmed back down, turn off the heat and poor into a mug. Top with mini marshmallows if you want them! This recipe is for one cup (perfect for me, since I'm the only one that's dairy free in our house), but you can double or triple or quadruple the recipe if you want!!

Dairy Free Hot Chocolate Recipe

So there you go. When winter starts to feel a little endless and dismal, set up a little ode to the pretty side of winter, make yourself a slightly more healthy mug of creamy hot chocolate, grab a pretty blanket, and settle in with a book. <3

If you try this hot chocolate, let me know what you think!!

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  1. Ummmm did someone say Gilmore Girls? ha ha! I totally recognized the saying without you telling where it's from. I also knew right where that pink tree was from. Too cute!

    1. Well when you speak each other's language! ;)