I’ve got no words to say about last week’s brutal attack but like many people here I feel a great need for comforting and my go to comfort food is hot cocoa which presents a problem. As anyone with any sense knows hot cocoa with milk and or milk and whipped cream is fattening. Having spent the better part of last winter and spring, shedding 15 extra pounds I didn’t want to revert to my old tubby self so I created a more slimming alternative. Yes, I guess that qualifies me as a recipe developer–an occupational category in 2014, though I prefer to think of myself as someone who potchkes in the kitchen. My tiny stroke of genius involves the decision to combine whole milk with soy milk.
I’ve been drinking soy milk for years mostly as a whitener for coffee substitute but frankly I always thought of it as a food that had certain limitations, one of which was that it couldn’t survive boiling or microwave boiling. Without testing this hypothesis, I took it as a article of faith that when set on a flame or blasted at high temperatures, soy milk would freak out and curdle into something disgusting but it just isn’t so. Amazing right? Soy milk is microwaveable and combined with whole milk and cocoa and sweetener it makes a very good hot chocolate.Unlike hot chocolate made from skim milk this hot chocolate is rich, smooth, and not watery tasting and it has a a more manageable calorie count than a hot cocoa made with only whole milk. (don’t ask me to provide it. I’m not a nutritionist. All I know is that my weight stayed the same over the past two days)
1 tablespoon best quality unsweetened cocoa powder (you can use 1 and 1/2 T for a richer taste)
3 saccharines or 3 teaspoons of sugar or other sugar substitute
Combine cocoa and sugar or sugar substitute in a mug
Meanwhile in a microwave safe cup combine 3/4 of a cup of soy milk (I use Tnuva whole or lighly sweetened) and 1/2 to 3/4 cups of whole milk. Microwave together for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave. Then pour off two tablespoons of the heated milks and combine with the cocoa sugar combination to make a paste. Return the milk to the microwave until it’s almost boiled and then combine with the paste. Yum