Clean Eating says: "Try whipping up this low-fat, non-dairy hot chocolate when you're in the mood for something rich and chocolaty...without all the calories. Sip it by a warm fire or pour yourself a mug after dinner for a light, but comforting, liquid dessert."
Mint-Infused Hot Chocolate
Clean Eating Magazine, Jan/Feb 2009
1 mint green tea bag (decaf or regular)
1/4 cup boiling water
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp light or amber organic agave nectar
Sprigs of mint, for garnish (optional)
Place tea bag in a cup. Pour water over it to make tea essence, letting steep for about 2 minutes. Squeeze tea bag and remove from cup. Meanwhile, heat almond milk over medium heat in a small saucepan until very hot, but not boiling. Add to the tea essence, then stir in cocoa powder and agave nectar. Mix with a spoon until all the cocoa powder has dissolved. Garnish with a sprig of mint, if desired.
Nutrients per cup: Calories: 98, Total Fat: 3g, Sat. Fat: 0g, Carbs: 19.5g, Fiber: 2g, Sugars: 16g, Protein 1.5g, Sodium 136mg, Cholesterol: 0mg.
Recipe Note: "For a nice variation, use an almond flavored tea in lieu of the mint green tea to make Chocolate-Almond Hot Cocoa."
Notes/Results: Very good! It hit the spot and was a pretty guiltless after dinner treat. I did add a bit more cocoa powder to mine and a little less agave for more of a dense chocolate taste. I happened to have almond milk on hand as I like it in my smoothies, but you could also use rice or soy milk too and a different sweetener if you don't have agave. Served in one of my favorite Japanese tea cups (more special than a mug!), this was a comforting, chocolaty drink, with a refreshing taste of mint and it had more richness and flavor than I thought it might. With their Lemon-Artichoke Chicken and Chocolate Cookies already being "keeper" recipes, Clean Living is now three for three for me this month.