Hot chocolate is one of my all time favorite drinks this holiday season. I love the classic hot chocolate but every now and then, it’s good to go for a healthier recipe.
Did you know this sweet treat has health benefits? According to Cooking Light, clinical studies show that eating small amounts of chocolate (one piece a day―about 30 calories’ worth) lowered systolic blood pressure by 2.9 mm/Hg. That in turn may lower your risk of stroke or coronary heart disease.
So, if you’re in the mood for hot chocolate, choose dark chocolate containing at least 70% cocoa. I’ve been a big fan of dark chocolate ever since my mom got me hooked. If you’re a dark chocolate lover like myself or looking for a healthier alternative, try this fun Barcelona hot chocolate recipe!
Barcelona Hot Chocolate Recipe
- 2/3 cup boiling water
- 2 ounces good-quality dark or bittersweet (60 to 70 percent cocoa) chocolate, finely chopped
- 1 1/3 cups 1% low-fat milk
- 1 cup brewed espresso or strong coffee
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 2-inch piece orange rind strip
- fat-free whipped topping
- Cocoa powder (optional)
- Dark Chocolate chunks (optional)
Step 1. Combine 2/3 cup boiling water and chopped chocolate in a medium saucepan, stirring until chocolate melts.
Step 2. Add milk and next 4 ingredients (through rind); cook over medium-low heat, stirring with a whisk.
Step 3. Heat 5 minutes or until tiny bubbles form around edge of pan, stirring frequently (do not boil). Discard rind.
Step 4. Pour 1 cup mixture into each of 4 mugs.
Step 5. Spoon 2-3 tablespoons whipped topping over each serving.
Step 6. Dust with cocoa powder and add chocolate chunks, if desired.
Adapted from My Recipes