This sweet Vegan Molasses Hot Cocoa gives you a boost of calcium, iron, and magnesium. Chocolate and blackstrap molasses not only make a nice pair, but both are great for that time of month!
Warm Up With This Sweet Combo
One of my favorite combinations is blackstrap molasses and chocolate. I often add molasses to my chocolate smoothies, especially lately since I’m recovering from a broken ankle. It adds a good dose of iron, calcium, and magnesium.
Since I love chocolate and blackstrap molasses together, I thought I’d make a Vegan Molasses Hot Cocoa. When the weather is cold (cold for the warm climate that I live in), it’s time for some hot cocoa.
Even though I live in sunny Tucson, I am usually cold. As I type this I am wearing fingerless gloves and a scarf. Meanwhile, my husband is in shorts and a t-shirt. I should point out that he was just working outside, while I have been at my computer in one of the coldest parts of the house most of the day.
Hot Cocoa vs. Hot Chocolate
Many people use hot cocoa and hot chocolate interchangeably, but they are actually two different drinks. Traditionally, hot cocoa is made with cocoa powder, milk and sugar. Whereas hot chocolate is made with chocolate that is melted down.
Hot chocolate is thick and rich. Hot cocoa is thin and sweet.
Now that that’s out of the way, I will say that I decided to make hot cocoa instead of hot chocolate because for one, I always have cacao powder stocked. Chocolate on the other hand usually disappears a few days to a week after I buy it.
I just can’t resist having a daily piece of dark chocolate when I have it around. Then there’s dark chocolate bark. I would say that a piece becomes many pieces when I get hold of that stuff.
The other reason I decided on hot cocoa is because I already have two hot chocolate recipes, but only one hot cocoa recipe.
If you have never had blackstrap molasses, it tastes bitter sweet. It gives gingerbread its distinctive flavor.
As I mentioned earlier, blackstrap molasses provides a good dose of iron, calcium, and magnesium. It also is rich in antioxidants compared to other sweeteners. The other thing that I like about it is it has a low glycemic level.
It is said to help with PMS symptoms, so when you combine it with chocolate, you have a PMS fighting elixir. Chocolate also contains magnesium, which helps soothe cramps by relaxing your muscles.
Other Recipes to Keep You Warm This Winter
- 3 Ingredient Vegan Chili
- Vegan Matcha Latte
- 5 Ingredient Curry Peanut Pumpkin Soup
- Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate
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Vegan Molasses Hot Cocoa
- 2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
- 3 tablespoons cacao powder or cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- Bring blackstrap molasses, cacao powder, vanilla extract, and almond milk to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 5 minutes, whisking constantly until blackstrap molasses is melted and almond milk is frothy.