Superfood Hot Chocolate Jars For Christmas (make vegan) + Workshop Announcement!

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Superfood Hot Chocolate Jars For Christmas (make vegan) + Workshop Announcement!

I love jars when it comes to gifting. I am actually fond of the overly expensive baking mixes you see on sale all over the stores during this time of year, even though by ‘fond’ I mean that I stare at them lovingly from afar, as I have way too much fun assembling them on my own.
Brownies and cookies have been vastly seen and done, so here I am, offering you the recipe for this hot chocolate, Italian style. Italian style, because it is usually thickened with a little bit of potato starch and served in a cup rather than a mug.
This hot cup of deliciousness brings memories of many afternoons spent with friends, especially after snow, which happens so rarely in this part of Italy. Because it is so easy to tweak and change while still remaining delicious, I decided to try a superfood, easily vegan-izable version. In fact, my favorite version of this hot chocolate is with almond milk or light coconut milk. Sometimes, if I want to keep it lower in calories, I even just make it with water, skip the sugar and add a touch of honey, and enjoy it as is. I love this recipe as it can be as healthy and fit-friendly as it can be absolutely decadent. Hot chocolate is my favorite winter drink and I would be more than delighted to receive this jar as a gift.

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– Write the instructions on a small scroll that you can roll up and tie to the jar, rather than on the lable, so you’ll have more space.
– I used Weck Jars, but feel free to use ones with screw caps (which Weck has, by the way).
– Use a pretty ribbon to tie the jars, and add a simple piece of fir to finish it off. You could even cover the caps of the jars with a piece of fabric and tie it with the ribbon, á la Christine Ferber.
– Gift the jars along with another jar of toasted hazelnuts in honey or maple syrup, or along a vintage cup to drink the chocolate in! Or bake some cookies to go with it for a full treat (there will be cookies on this blog very soon!!)

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To make hot chocolate for one person, you need one tablespoon of high quality cocoa or raw cacao powder, one teaspoon potato starch, 2 teaspoons sugar (here, I use Mascobado or coconut), about 5 grams chocolate and 1/2 cup to 1 cup milk of choice, depending on how thick you like it. You can add vanilla and a pinch of sea salt.
The recipes below serve 4 people for each jar, but you could of course make bigger jars by doubling the recipes. You could also omit the sugar for an even healthier option, and write instructions to sweeten as preferred. The chocolate will be rather bitter with no sweetener though, so use a little bit of it!
This is Italian style hot chocolate, which is served rather thick, hence the potato starch. You could even leave it out and obtain a regular liquid chocolate, but where’s the fun then? It’s so little potato starch that I’m not even going to label it as unhealthy.
If adding superfoods, make sure that they do not interfere with any medical condition the person you’re gifting it to might have. If you’re not 100% sure, just leave superfoods like maca out.
Here, I made my two favorite flavors, dark spiced and rose milk. But you could add dried citrus peel to make dark citrus chocolate, or add freeze-dried raspberries to make raspberry chocolate…the possibilities are endless.

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Superfood Hot Chocolate Jars For Christmas + Workshop Announcement!
 
Ingredients
FOR THE DARK SPICED CHOCOLATE
  • 4 heaping tablespoons cacao powder
  • 4 teaspoons potato starch
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • Pinch sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon maca powder
  • Optional: ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 50 grams dark chocolate (choose 60% to 70% cocoa mass) - make sure it is dairy free o keep this vegan
  • ½ a vanilla bean
  • A 1-inch piece of cinnamon
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 small piece Macis
FOR THE MILK ROSE CHOCOLATE
  • 4 heaping tablespoons cacao powder
  • 4 teaspoons potato starch
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • ½ teaspoon rose hip powder
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 50 grams vegan milk chocolate or regular milk chocolate
  • ½ a vanilla bean
  • 4-5 dries rose buds
FOR SERVING:
  • Whipped coconut cream or regular whipped cream
Instructions
ASSEMBLE THE JARS
  1. layer all the ingredients in the listed order. close the jars tight and attach a label with instructions.
MAKE THE CHOCOLATE
  1. Each jar serves 4 people. For one person, you will need ½ cup to one whole cup liquid, depending on how thick you want your chocolate.
  2. Fish out the whole spices or rose buds and add them to 2 to 4 cup of your favorite milk. Heat the milk until barely simmering, and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let cool slightly, letting the spices or the rosebuds steep for at least 15 minutes. It would be even better to let the milk infuse overnight.
  3. When ready, pour the chocolate mix in a pot, and whisk in slowly about ½ cup of the milk (make sure it is warm) and whisk well to make a paste. Turn on the heat to medium, and gradually whisk in the rest of the milk. As the chocolate gets to a simmer, it will start to thicken. Keep whisking or stirring constantly. When desired thickness is reached, turn off the heat and serve immediately with coconut or regular cream, a sprinkling of cinnamon, and sugar pearls for decoration.

 

Happy gifting!

Are you making anything jarred for Christmas?

Superfood Hot Chocolate Jars For Christmas (make vegan) + Workshop Announcement!

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