Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Stars

October 26th, 2012 · Lisa · nut-free, Recipes, Sweet, vegan mofo · Comments

I’ll be serving up awesome dishes from the menu of my imaginary vegan B&B all month long.

Tonight when you come home from your long day, we’ll sit together, sip our hot cocoa, look up at the stars and chat about our dreams.

I’ll tell you all about the plans I have to spend more time outside, dancing, and playing. You can tell me all about the ideas you have, those thoughts that make your eyes sparkle and your essence shine.

We’ll enjoy our steaming drinks on this last night of double digits (potentially) for the year, with special peppermint stars.

The stars are a great reminder that when things get dark and heavy, there is always something sweet to reach for that can change the entire experience. We’ll make a promise to each other to keep reaching for the stars.

A big cup of ChocoSol’s drinking chocolate and peppermint stars will make you say those kind of things. And it will feel glorious.

Peppermint stars

Ingredients

  • 1 can full fat organic coconut milk
  • 3 tsp agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Chill the can of coconut milk in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
  2. Remove the lid and pour off the liquid. Scoop out the solid coconut cream (should be approximately 1 cup) and add it to a food processor or bowl of a mixer.
  3. Whip until it become smooth and light.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and process to combine.
  5. Add to a square or loaf pan lined with parchment paper or plastic wrap.
  6. Chill in the freezer for at least 2 hours.
  7. Remove from the freezer and let sit for 10 minutes. Cut out little stars using a cookie cutter.
  8. Add to a warm cup of hot chocolate or coffee.
http://veganculinarycrusade.com/2012/10/hot-chocolate-with-peppermint-stars/

p.s. Happy Friday my friends. xo

18 Comments

  1. Doris Romano
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Lisa, you yourself are a shining star, in the culinary world, and beyond. If you owned a vegan B&B, I would never leave. Thank you for sharing your glorious self and talent with us :)

    • Posted October 27, 2012 at 6:14 am

      Thank you so much Doris. What a kind note!

  2. Mom
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I can’t think of anything better than sharing this with you! I can almost taste it just looking at the photo. Amazing!

    • Posted October 27, 2012 at 6:14 am

      We’ll make it again for Christmas.

  3. Posted October 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    You are too, too perfect.

    • Posted October 27, 2012 at 6:14 am

      you are simply perfect.

  4. ameyfm
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    holy moly. those little peppermint-coconut stars sound insanely delicious!!! I love hot chocolate so, so much. Lately I’ve been trying to lose a few pounds (with good success, which is nice) – but it means that hot cocoa is on hold for a little bit longer. Luckily, I’m on target to hit my goal right when it really cools off… I know I’ll *really* enjoy my hot cocoa when I have it!

    • Posted October 27, 2012 at 6:14 am

      I’m so glad this treat will be something for you to look forward to. I love peppermint hot chocolate!!!

  5. Posted October 26, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    What a sweet idea!

  6. Posted October 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    That sounds like a magical night, Lisa! I love how all of your B&B posts ask us to stop and appreciate the little things! This line was especially poignant – “The stars are a great reminder that when things get dark and heavy, there is always something sweet to reach for that can change the entire experience.”

    • Posted October 27, 2012 at 6:13 am

      I wrote it as a reminder to myself. I had a heavy week (leaving a job) and making my own sweetness really helped. xo

  7. KitteeBeeBerns
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 3:22 am

    the happiest of saturdays to you!

    • Posted October 27, 2012 at 6:12 am

      thank you kittee! We’re having a rainy morning in Toronto. When it rains here it makes me wish I was in Portland. I’ll just have to start my VVC countdown.

  8. Posted October 27, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Please come over and make me some!! Ohh rainy Saturday. I’m eating raw granola in bed and listening to country music. :)

    • Posted October 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      I would love to. We need to spend more time together with beverages 😉

      • Posted October 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm

        AGREED! I’m pretty open this coming week, let’s make plans!

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