Photo by Mother Earth Living.
Baby, it's cold outside! What better way to warm up than with
some homemade peppermint hot chocolate! Want to make some for
yourself? It's easy and quick, plus you can use some of
your peppermint from your garden if you have some frozen!
Here's what you need:
1 cup water
1⁄4 cup dried peppermint or 1/2 cup fresh peppermint
leaves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon peppermint extract (optional)
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1 tablespoon naturally sweetened chocolate chips
1 cup unsweetened soymilk or water
In a small saucepan, boil water, peppermint, optional peppermint
extract and honey. Remove from heat and steep for 5 or
more minutes. Strain with a fine-mesh strainer. Reserve.
In a medium saucepan, combine mint mixture, cocoa, optional
chips and soymilk (or water). Stir constantly over medium
heat until you have a smooth, velvety texture.
Serve warm in mugs.
If you're lucky enough to have fresh peppermint leaves in
the late fall and winter, be sure to use them in this warming
drink recipe. In the summer, this drink is terrific served