Grown-ups hot chocolate (GF, vegan)
I know that I am suppose to be a cool sophisticated adult and say wine or a cocktail are my favorite, but what can I do, the child in me is stronger.
In the last few years I don't use the ready made powder anymore as it's so full of sugar, but I make it with cocoa powder and a bit of agave syrup in a small pot every morning for Alon. You know, the old fashion way.
He is used to it, he only drank "normal" hot chocolate a few times in his life, but I can imagine that if I offered "our" hot chocolate to his friends they would think it's off.
It's pretty amazing to think what my kid eats that other children wouldn't even dream of eating. It's not that he is not picky, he still not a huge fan of lettuce, herbs and other green things, but he usually tries whatever is on the table.
I can't imagine not letting him try new things. I mean, the other half and myself are always trying new stuff, new recipes, new products so I guess he picked it up from us.
But it's an important journey for children, don't you think? They discover different flavors for the first time, flavors that to us are known all ready.
Other parents I talk to from kindergarten (and I am aware that we are living in a very traditional rural area of Germany) are happy to eat their Bratwurst and Kartoffel every day and are happy for their kids to eat the same thing over and over again, a very traditional German food.
I guess I can understand that as well, 'cause if we were in Israel I wouldn't mind Alon eating hummus, tahini, pita bread and olives every day in Kindergarten.
But Bratwurst? Isn't it different than olives and tahini? Or maybe I am just proud of the culinary country I come from (because there is not much else to be proud of when you come from there...)?
700 ml oat milk (or any other milk you like)
80g 92% dark chocolate (I buy "Vivani" in the health food shop because it's with coconut sugar)
90ml agave syrup*
4tsp instant coffee
1/4tsp chilli powder
a pinch of nutmeg
a pinch of salt
*I would add the agave slowly after cooking the hot chocolate because everyone likes their hot chocolate different, some might like it sweeter and some would find 90ml a lot!
Put all ingredients in a sauce pan and cook over medium heat. Keep on stirring till all the chocolate has melted. Increase the heat, bring once to the boil and remove.
**This drink is very chocolaty. You gotta like dark chocolate to like it, as the 92% chocolate is very dominant and pretty bitter.