February 13, 2011

Almond Milk Hot Cocoa

For some time, I've been looking for a really satisfying substitute for milk - the cow kind. Rice milk doesn't do much for me, soy milk does too much (bubble, bubble, squeal). I really like the flavor and richness of whole milk; but it is high in fat, calories, and lactose. In small quantities, like a big splash in a tall cup of tea, no problem.  But for, say, a latte or hot cocoa?
For those purposes, my best find so far is almond milk.  It has the calcium, some protein, a little sugar, a lovely rich quality, 1/3 the calories of whole milk (60 to a glass, v. 180), and no cholesterol. The flavor is different than cow milk, but tasty. And it melds beautifully with cocoa or with coffee. The other day, I made a batch of hot cocoa as I would normally, except for the liquid substitution (in a saucepan, stirring in dutched cocoa and a smidge of sugar, vanilla and cayenne until the thick drink resembles the signature drink in the movie Chocolat). Magnifique!

1 comment:

Rebecca said...


I found you via a google search for "rich almond milk hot cocoa". This is a great idea--would you mind the next time you make it putting down the measurements of the ingredients? It's on my list to purchase a good, high-quality cocoa today!