Merry Christmas! I’ve scheduled this extra special Christmas Eve post for you all, because I know that if there’s one day of the year for hot chocolate – this is it! This warm and nourishing drink combines rich melted cacao butter with milk, vanilla, maple and lucuma powder (made from a South American fruit, this natural sweetener has a caramel-maple flavour and several nutritional benefits) and is even better topped with a little dairy-free cream.
If you can’t or don’t want to use lucuma (it is, admittedly, expensive), you can just use a little extra maple syrup to taste.
So, it’s time to whisk up this little treat, grab a blanket and settle down with your favourite Christmas film! See you on the other side! Ho ho ho!
- ¼ cup/22g raw cacao butter, melted
- 2 Tbsp lucuma powder
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups/500ml milk of choice (coconut milk will make the drink nice and thick)
- dairy-free cream of choice for topping
- Heat the milk on the stove or in the microwave.
- Put the lucuma in the bottom of a large jug and add a little hot milk to make a paste.
- Add the rest gradually, smoothly incorporating it.
- Stir in the cacao butter, maple and vanilla. It may try to separate, but you can fix that by whisking with an electric whisk.
- Divide into cups and top with cream (and shards of dairy free white chocolate if you want to make it extra special!)