Vegan Orange Hot Chocolate
Enjoy this delicious plant based zesty orange hot chocolate during the winter months - vegan, paleo, gluten free
Servings 2 servings
- 3 cups of almond milk 600ml
- 2 tbsp cacao
- ¼ cup agave nectar 60ml
- 1 tsp vanilla
- The juice of an orange squeezed (see notes and tips, the amount added is optional)
- The rind/peel of a whole orange
Pour the almond milk into a medium sized saucepan on medium heat.
Add the cacao powder, agave nectar, vanilla, half the juice from the orange (reserve the rest) and use a whisk to evenly combined everything together.
Toss the peel of the orange into the saucepan and bring the saucepan to the boil while stirring.
Once boiled reduce the saucepan to a low and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove the saucepan from the stove and pour the remaining orange juice into the saucepan (do a taste test to determine how much additional orange you want to any if any), stir and allow the hot chocolate to steep for 5 minutes
Remove the peel with a slotted spoon or strain the contents in a sieve
Serve in heatproof glasses
- Don't be alarmed if the drink separates, this may happen and it's normal, just give it a good stir.
- To eliminate the pith (the white flesh from the skin, which is bitter) sit the orange peel in hot water for 15 minutes, then use a teaspoon to scoop and discard the white part.
- I prefer to use a more neutral tasting plant based milk for this recipe. However, you are more than welcome to use cashew or hazelnut which is creamier. I wouldn't suggest using coconut or pistachio because they will inhibit the taste and counteract the orange flavour.
- Double up by removing the peel from an orange, cut it in half then extract the juice and add it to your drink.
- You can add fresh orange juice instead about ¼ cup in two stages (during simmering and when steeping) instead if you wish. This is optional as the orange juice will make the flavour very strong.
- The longer the orange is left to seep the more intense the flavour becomes. I personally only remove the peel before I'm serving. It's okay to leave the peel in for several hours or overnight if you want to.
- If you don't care for a strong orange flavour only use the peel and omit the juice. This will yield a very mild taste of orange.
- You can make this recipe in a blender such as a vitamix but do make sure to pour out the hot chocolate before steeping with the rind.
Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 489mg | Potassium: 237mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 70mg | Calcium: 502mg