Strawberry hot chocolate served inside of a short see-through glass cup

Strawberry Hot Chocolate

This strawberry hot chocolate recipe is a really delicious and unique way to enjoy delicious strawberries with your family!

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I have a confession to make: I really love hot chocolate. In fact, drinking hot chocolate is kind of an addiction for me. No matter the temperature, or time of the year, nothing feels more satisfying than curling up somewhere, and allowing the creamy warmth of hot cocoa massage my taste buds and soul. It’s kind of a spiritual thing.

Being that I am a Florida gal, it’s actually a big deal for me to be such an avid hot cocoa lover, given the fact that I spend half of the year in notoriously hot and humid conditions. But as someone once told me, you make time for what’s important.

Strawberry Fields, Forever!

For those who do not know, I live in a lovely town, known as Plant City, Florida. Aside from the contributions that Henry B. Plant made towards our establishment as a historic railroad hub, we are also known for something else: Strawberries! Winter is the season that strawberries grow and thrive, and the region around Plant City and Central Florida has a pretty prevalent array of strawberry growers. More specifically, according to Fresh From Florida, if you are interested in purchasing these sweet berries, depending on climate conditions, strawberries typically grow from December until early April. According to the Florida Strawberry Growers Association, the sweet spot to enjoy these berries is typically from late January-early March, when the growing season begins to peak.  But overall, when the temperature and soil conditions align, one can expect to enjoy some pretty sweet and juicy berries.

When Strawberries Meet Hot Chocolate

As you see, I just made a pretty vulnerable confession about my love for hot chocolate, and I also provided some 101 information about Florida’s strawberry season. But what do strawberries and hot chocolate have to do with each other? Well, everything.

You see, I have been trying to figure out a very creative way to enjoy my favorite beverage that incorporates my town’s beloved fruit. Hence, I am very proud to say that I concocted a pretty darn tasty and satisfying strawberry hot chocolate recipe. Forgot the processed strawberry syrup from your grocery store. This recipe contains real strawberries, and white chocolate, which beautifully compliments the berries.

If you’re based out of the Central Florida region and looking for some tasty berries to purchase, I definitely recommend shopping for a flat (or two!) of Strawberries. They can be found at and around the premises of the Florida Strawberry Festival. You will definitely get a good bang for your buck. If you live in the Plant City area, and are looking for some quality white chocolate, definitely hit up my friends over at The Corner Store. They sell quality European white chocolate buttons, by the pound!

Strawberry hot chocolate served inside of a short see-through glass cup
Strawberry hot chocolate

Did I mention how delicious this recipe is?!? If I didn’t mention it, I will assure you that it is!

Even though this recipe will take about 20 minutes to make, I assure you that it’s a pretty simple one. This will be well worth every precious second of your life. Trust me.

Let’s move onto the recipe, shall we??

Strawberry Hot Chocolate

This strawberry hot chocolate recipe is a really delicious and uniqueway to enjoy delicious strawberries with your family!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Hot chocolate, strawberries
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 367kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 4 cups unsweetened almond milk (or any other milk of choice!)
  • 4 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions

  • De-stemand coarsely chop the strawberries. Set aside.
  • In a medium-large sauce pan, heat to medium. Gradually add in water, vanillaextract, brown sugar, and strawberries. Take a masher and gradually stir andmash every couple of minutes for about 10-15 minutes, or until the strawberrieshave disintegrated and the sauce reduces into more of a syrup consistency. Then sieve out excess strawberry puplp with a fine straine or cheesecloth (optional).
  • Continue to use the same pot at medium heat with the strawberry syrup, and graduallystir in the milk. Afterwards, gradually add in the white chocolate chips andsalt. Stir for about 2-3 minutes, or until all of the white chocolate chipshave dissolved.
  • Servewith diced strawberries, or whipped cream & enjoy!

Nutritional Information per serving:

367 calories/ 11 grams protein/ 16 grams fat/ 45.6 grams carbohydrates/ 1 gram of fiber

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Homemade Super Creamy + Dreamy Coconut Milk!


So, in a continual effort to consume less processed goods (while saving my precious pennies), I decided to make my own #coconutmilk. And WAS it EASY and CHEAP to do!
The ratio for SUPER creamy coconut milk is 1:2. For every 1 cup of shredded coconuts you use, you will need two cups of filtered water.

The coconut milk turned out RICH, CREAMY & DELICIOUS! One of the best parts was that this contained NO extra preservatives or added ingredients. All the micro-nutrients that the coconut already contained are in the milk! 

If you are about reducing food waste, take the leftover coconut meal and let it roast in the oven until
toasted, and reuse for a baked dish! I’ll be making a granola with the meal, and will eventually post that recipe

Let’s jump into the recipe, shall we?
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Ingredients:

·         2 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut
·         4 cups of hot filtered water (not boiling)
·         1 teaspoon of maple syrup for a hint of sweetness (optional!)

Directions:

1. Add shredded coconut, water, and maple syrup in to a blender, and blend on high speed for a good 3 minutes.

2. Pour the milk blend into a pitcher with a cheesecloth (or super fine cloth) to filter out the gritty coconut meal. That took about 40 minutes to sieve (that’s a great time to do other things, like workout, clean, study, twerk, etc). You can also just continue to ring out the cloth if you’re impatient.

3. Once you see that most of the pulp is filtered, squeeze the excess liquid into the pitcher (It’s a great exercise!)

4. Let this chill in the fridge, or serve immediately (with a couple ice cubes, to enjoy it chilled).

Happy coconut-ing! 


Note: You will MOST likely encounter the chilled coconut milk separating the fat from the rest of the liquid (the fat will float on top once it get chilled). Do NOT freak out!! You can skim off the fat and use that as coconut oil and cook with it! J

Servings: 1 quart of creamy + dreamy coconut milk- yields 8 servings (4 ounces per serving)

Nutritional information per serving:

73g calories/ .67g protein/6.7g fat/3.6g carbs/ 1.8g fiber