Vegan Hot Cocoa and a Hike in the Snow

In the Midwest, we’ve just celebrated the first snow fall of the season!

There is something dreamy and ethereal about the first dusting of snow. It makes the world look and sound different…colorless and hushed.

For kids, the first snow represents an opportunity for magical play and exploration. Snow: a cold substance that can be packed into balls, sculpted into figures, or moved into angels. Oh, what fun!

When my daughter found out that flurries were moving into our area overnight, she made me promise to take her on a winter hike the next morning. That evening, as she was getting ready for bed, she asked me to write the promise on her hand so we wouldn’t forget.

A promise is a promise

She woke up before the sun, squealing with joy that the world had been painted white. “Mom, mom, let’s go on our hike!” she cried. “Honey, it’s not even 6:00 a.m.,” I replied, folding my head deeper into my pillow. But she wouldn’t take no for an answer. As a compromise, I helped her get dressed in all of her winter gear and let her run around outside while I sipped coffee in the comfort of our warm home.

Eventually, the sun was up, I was caffeinated, and we were all ready to go. My husband, daughter, and I set out on a winter wonderland adventure!

Girls hiking

After hours spent hiking in frosty woods, there is nothing better than relaxing with a mug of hot cocoa. Today’s easy recipe is for all of my vegan friends!

Vegan “Almond Joy” Hot Cocoa – serves 2

3 cups of unsweetened coconut milk

1 tablespoon of brown sugar

1 tablespoon of baking cocoa (dairy free)

1 teaspoon of almond extract

1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon

Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

Vegan marshmallows

In a pot bring the coconut milk and brown sugar to a simmer. Next, mix in the baking cocoa, almond extract, cinnamon, and cayenne and stir until smooth. Serve in a mug with vegan marshmallows.

The coconut, chocolate and almond are divine! The hints of cinnamon and cayenne pepper turn it up a notch. Enjoy! And stay warm.

Like what you see? Check out this vegan recipe from Entertaining Family.

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