Being the crazy foodie that I am... I decided to do my own experiment using a few different options of sweeteners to make the perfect dairy-free hot cocoa. I made 3 equal amounts of cocoa but used either honey, stevia, or pure Grade B Maple Syrup to sweeten them.
Which sweetener do you think won the taste test?
Of the 3, my husband and I both liked the maple syrup best but came to the conclusion that the very best combo is a mixture of both stevia and maple syrup.
Try the sweetener taste test for yourself & be sure to let me know your preference!
The Perfect Dairy-free, Creamy Hot Cocoa
1 1/2 cups of liquid (I used 3/4 cup of full-fat coconut milk & 3/4 cup water)
3-4 tsp cacao powder
1 1/2 tsp pure grade B maple syrup
1 packet stevia (about 1/2 tsp, you can omit the stevia and use 2 1/2 tsp syrup instead)
1. Bring liquid to a boil.
2. Pour the rest of the ingredients into the hot liquid.
3. Whisk until frothy and enjoy!
For fun, add a drop of peppermint or orange essential oil (2 drops of peppermint was too much for my taste), maybe a dash of cinnamon or vanilla and top with whipped coconut milk cream (the cream was a heavenly addition to mine)!