I truly don't know why it took me so long to make this a regular thing! I love hot cocoa, but I don't love the high sugar content of most mixes; i want it to taste like a treat, but i don't actually want it to BE a treat, you know?
This is super easy, but here's the thing; it only works with a great tasting chocolate protein powder. (i'm biased obviously, but the organic cocoa in Niyama's rich, creamy-smooth plant protein is totally perfect here. And there is no stevia so you don't get that aftertaste that seems to intensify when you heat stevia. This is not the way to use up that protein powder you bought that you didn't really like - use that one in smoothies with loads of bananas and nut butter to mask it, but use ours for this.
This is delicious on its own, but feel free to add coconut whip/cream or even a few little natural marshmallows. You can also add a drop of peppermint extract if you want to make it chocolate mint, or a shot of espresso to make it a mocha.
It's going to be a long winter loves, so put this in heavy rotation!