Growing up in Kentucky, the winters were long and seriously cold. The bonus was having loads of snow days off from school, playing outside and coming in to hot cups of cocoa. I still remember the Hershey's can of powder sitting on the counter as I sipped away warm and comforted.
There aren't many cold days in LA, but when they do come around cocoa is one of the first things I crave. I make it a point to not give Kenya sugar or chocolate, but I'm also not an advocate of total deprivation. I feel like kids need to be kids and experience things like hot chocolate now and again. You should have seen Kenya's face when I presented him with his own mini-mug of it with 3 tiny marshmallows on top. To say he loved it would be an understatement.
My version is slightly "healthier," substituting agave for sugar, but you could also add honey or any other healthy sweetener you enjoy. Sharing a cup with your little one will bring back so many fun memories of your own childhood, sipping away on a chilly winter day. This is a treat not to be missed.
Wee One's Hot Chocolate (Makes 1 Serving)
- 1 Cup Skim, Low Fat, Whole, Soy, Almond or Rice Milk
- 2 Tsp Agave
- 1 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Preparation1. Bring the milk to a near boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer.
2. Whisk in the cocoa and agave until throughly combined.