Updated: Jun 15
Fall is my favorite time of year. Cool but not cold, breezy, beautiful colors, lots of fodder for the compost bin, building up the raking callouses (which will be good when snow shoveling comes into fashion). Unfortunately, this year's fall was only 2 days long and we now have winter weather. I do enjoy snow and cold weather and long nights, but I sure would have appreciated getting to appreciate fall at least a few weeks! A unique thing to winter in a large urban area is that it never gets dark once there is snow on the ground. Think it's bright at night in the summer? Wait until you have a layer of snow that reflects all that light, bouncing it around until it's almost as bright as day at 3 am!
The cold weather isn't going to stop the littles from running around and getting dirty. It just takes longer to get them dressed now. This is the first year our youngest can appreciate and experience snow, and he's rather unsure of that cold, wet stuff covering all of his toys. Nonetheless, they will all be getting soaking wet and icy cold at least twice a day, and it's always great to have a way to warm them up from the inside. Soups and stews are great for adults, or yummy coffee and tea blends, but sometimes the best remedy for cold kiddies is a sweet, steamy, hot chocolate.
The stuff in the packets from the store has nothing on homemade, paleo hot cocoa. This stuff is thick and creamy and as sweet (or not sweet) as you need it to be. One of the best things about making stuff from scratch is being able to make it exactly how you like it.
If you aren't a fan of using coconut sugar; maple syrup will work just as deliciously and add another layer of flavor underneath the cacao powder. Stevia would also be an option, for a keto version!
1.5 tablespoons cacao powder
1/2 - 2 tablespoons coconut sugar (depends how sweet you need it - Start with 1/2)
4 ounces full-fat coconut milk (Aroy-d is my favorite)
12 ounces hot water
Mix the dry ingredients together a bit, so they are evenly combined.
Pour the hot/boiling water in and mix.
Taste and add more sweetening if needed.