- 1 T Hershey's Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 scoop stevia
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 2 T Lowfat Redi Whip
- Put cocoa powder, salt, and stevia in a small saucepan (I filled the scoop slightly less than full and used the whole thing)
- Microwave the 1/4 cup of water to boiling (about a minute) and then whisk it into the dry mixture
- Bring to a boil then gently simmer for 2 minutes (mixture became nice and creamy like melted chocolate chips)
- Slowly whisk in the milk and heat up to near boiling (do not boil)
- Remove from heat and add vanilla
- Pour into a mug and squirt Red Whip on top
Thoughts: This was delicious! I was happily surprised once again. I did not need to add more stevia. I would never have known this was not made with sugar or real sweetened chocolate.
Also the calorie savings is significant compared to the original recipe. Since I am using milk, this will never be a 0 calorie beverage; I will admit, however, that I am not going for 0 calorie foods with this project. I am trying to make snacks and drinks that are healthier, natural, and that I don't have to feel deprived when eating. I could try making this with more water and less milk to reduce calories, but it was so delicious that I might not.
One downside: this was time consuming. But I am finding out good, healthy, whole foods are generally more time consuming to prepare but are worth it.
Note to self: Try using this method to make the mocha coffee -- heating the cocoa before adding to the beverage is what makes it smooth and creamy I suppose. Live and learn.