I am always looking for vegan options to traditional omnivore ones because I would be lying if I told you I didn’t miss some of the things I used to eat before. At this time of the year especially with our recent plunge into the cold and snow, I was looking for some hot and cold Christmas beverage alternatives. I found a seemingly simple recipe for minted vegan hot chocolate and thought I would give it a try. The recipe called for a litre of chocolate coconut milk and mint tea bags. Boil the coconut milk with the teabags it said and enjoy. Well, I followed the recipe and ending up with a rather unappetizing lumpy-froth covered pot of steaming coconut milk with a very vague minty taste. I strained it to remove the lumpy froth and only found it minty enough after adding a couple of drops of peppermint extract. I was disappointed to say the least.
So always the inventor, I came up with a much easier way to make this without boiling it and in turn enjoyed a true hot minted chocolate drink.
Minted Vegan Hot Chocolate
1 litre of chocolate coconut (or almond) milk
Several drops of peppermint extract (to taste)
SoDelicious Cocowhip topping
In a saucepan gently heat the coconut milk and peppermint extract to just before boiling (steam will arise). Pour in mugs and add a dollop of Cocowhip. You could sprinkle cocoa or minted sprinkles on top of the Cocowhip to make it more festive. Enjoy!
While we are on the topic of vegan beverages, one I really missed was eggnog. I have tried several vegan alternatives but have found them to be disappointing…until SoDelicious came up with their version. Oh my, I am instantly taken back to the thick creamy dairy version of eggnog that I missed. SoDelicious Coconut Holiday Nog is delicious, thick, and super creamy and I can’t taste the coconut at all! Stay warm folks!
Susan is our resident vegan. She’s been a vegetarian for 20 years, and a vegan for 4. She has researched both lifestyles extensively and is constantly exploring new recipes, add her own twist. She is a long time SPUD customer, and now our very own resident vegan blogger!